What’s John Carpenter’s best movie? The obvious answers to that question are Halloween and The Thing, but a close runner-up in my opinion is 1995’s In the Mouth of Madness, arguably Carpenter’s last great work as a director.
For those unfamiliar, In the Mouth of Madness stars Sam Neill as insurance investigator John Trent, a man not prepared to take bullshit from anyone. Trent is tasked with investigating the disappearance of renowned horror author Sutter Cane (Jurgen Prochnow).
Unfortunately for Trent, he’s in way over his head on this one, as it seems Cane is more than just an author. His work is preparing the world for the coming apocalypse, brought upon by the arrival of Lovecraftian monstrosities from another realm.
Appropriately, ITMOM is one of Carpenter’s strangest films, and features some of the most nightmarish imagery of the legendary filmmaker’s career. Now, the film is set to receive the royal Blu-Ray treatment, in the form of a Scream Factory collector’s edition.
Extras and specs are still to be announced, but Scream has confirmed that a new transfer is being created. ITMOM previously hit Blu-Ray in 2013 from Warner Bros., but that version had almost no extras to speak of, and Scream will likely go all out in that regard.
In the Mouth of Madness’ collector’s edition Blu-Ray hits shelves on July 24th, along with two other more obscure Carpenter films, 1978’s Someone’s Watching Me and 1992’s Memoirs of an Invisible Man.