John Trent
Created by Michael De Luca

You see, doc, it all started...

In the Mouth of Madness, a 1995 horror film by John Carpenter, opens with insurance dick (and recently-admitted resident of the looney bin) JOHN TRENT relating his strange story to his psychiatrist, a set-up that recalls such classic film noirs as Edward Dmytryk's Murder, My Sweet (which kicks off with a rumpled Philip Marlowe confessing all to the cops0.

It seems that Trent (played by Sam Niell) recently traveled to the sleepy little East Coast town of Hobb's End to investigate a run-of-the-mill insurance scam, and ended up looking into the mysterious disappearance of hack horrormeister Sutter Cane (Jürgen Prochnow).

But, as the film unwinds, it soon becomes clear that Cane (think Stephen King) isn't such a hack after all -- he apparently has such a gift for description that his evil creepy-crawly jottings often come to life. In fact, Hobb's End itself may only exist as a figment of Cane's twisted imagination. And as Trent searches deeper and deeper, he begins to find more and more similarities between Cane's writing and his own life...

By the way, Charlton Heston, who's scary enough in real life, plays the Jackson Harglow, the guy who hires Trent to find Cane.



Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith, following a lead supplied by BSchin2188.

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