Something a bit different for you today, I know this is a book blog and I’m posting about a movie but, stay with me.
In the Mouth of Madness (1994) is based around a series of books by author Sutter Cane and an insurance investigator. This is a movie any book lover will appreciate.
The idea behind the story is that the books are so popular and so many people believe in them that the stories are brought to life.
Insurance Investigator, John Trent (Sam Neill), begins the search for missing author Sutter Cane believing that it is a scam by the publishing agent. He notices that the patterns on each book cover assemble into a map of the town featured in the books, and, having convinced the agent to let him go in search of the town he sets off with the editor in tow. A series of horrifying events ensue with Trent stuck in the middle of it all.
I won’t go any further into the actual events because, if you haven’t seen this movie yet, you need to. Any book lover should see this film, I watched it for the first time last night and I really enjoyed it!
The idea that if enough people believe in your story then it can start to come true is fantastic and even more fantastic is the portrayal of the spiral into insanity that the characters suffer at the hands of the author.