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In the Mouth of Madness | 1995 | R | - 2.6.5

Sam Neill stars in this film about how truth, reality and fiction can blur, with disastrous consequences.

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A couple of passionate kisses. An elderly man is shown laying on a floor naked and you can briefly see his buttocks.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Because of the "quickness" of the horror scenes (it's hard to tell exactly what you are seeing) and because of a surprising minimum of blood, this rating is a relatively low 6. There are a handful of times where a "montage" is shown of quick scenes of horror and gore (shown one right after the other) and what can be gleaned are people with hideous facial deformities (usually with one eye), a bloody axe, people with tendrils whipping from their bodies, crashing, yelling, screaming and falling, splatters of blood. A group of people with axes surround a man and hack him to death with blood splattering on the walls and the man's bloody hand leaving a trail on the wall as it slides down (minus half a finger).


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LANGUAGE 5 - Five F-words, 9 scatological terms, and a few other mild obscenities.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Horror novels, truth vs. fiction, the power of the written word, insanity, random acts of violence.

MESSAGE - The written word is very powerful; sometimes it's hard to tell where truth ends and fiction begins.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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