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Introduction: ‘Maybe He’s Too Sophisticated For You?’

Michael Blyth

in Devil’s Advocates: In the Mouth of Madness

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325406
eISBN:
9781800342293
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325406.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This introductory chapter provides an overview of John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness. When the film opened in 1995, it received a response sadly all too familiar for Carpenter: one of general ... More


In the Mouth of Madness

Michael Blyth

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325406
eISBN:
9781800342293
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325406.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Somewhat overlooked upon its initial release in 1995, John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness has since developed a healthy cult reputation. But far more than simply a fan favourite, this closing ... More


Coming of Age in America

Glenn Watkins

in Proof through the Night: Music and the Great War

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520231580
eISBN:
9780520927896
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231580.003.0020
Subject:
Music, History, American

With America's entrance into the Great War in April 1917, the role of art and music in society understandably took on a new urgency, so that an assessment at the beginning of 1918 by Walter Spalding, ... More


‘Do You Like My Ending?’

Michael Blyth

in In the Mouth of Madness

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325406
eISBN:
9781800342293
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325406.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines In the Mouth of Madness (1995) within the context of John Carpenter's wider filmography. It explores not only how the film incorporates and builds on many of the ideas that he ... More


Halloween: How It Came into the World

Murray Leeder and Murray Leeder

in Devil’s Advocates: Halloween

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781906733797
eISBN:
9781800342149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733797.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses how Halloween (1978) was developed and created. John Carpenter's name appears above the title on Halloween, but the project existed before he came on board. Independent film ... More


‘It’s Just a Matter of Time’

Michael Blyth

in Devil’s Advocates: In the Mouth of Madness

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325406
eISBN:
9781800342293
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325406.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses the cinematic horror landscape at the time John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness was first released, explaining why the film was so unfairly neglected in 1995. It is often ... More


‘All Those Horrible, Slimy Things’

Michael Blyth

in In the Mouth of Madness

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325406
eISBN:
9781800342293
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325406.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter investigates how John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness (1995) serves as a direct tribute to the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, examining how his influence shapes the narrative structure ... More


‘Isn’t He the Guy Who Writes that Horror Crap?’

Michael Blyth

in In the Mouth of Madness

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325406
eISBN:
9781800342293
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325406.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter assesses the various modes of self-reflexivity evident in John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness (1995), and how they are used to create meaning and subvert audience expectations. In ... More


Conclusion: ‘This is a Rotten Way to End It’

Michael Blyth

in In the Mouth of Madness

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325406
eISBN:
9781800342293
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325406.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This concluding chapter argues that the narrative of John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness (1995) positions artistic creativity as deadly. However, the film as a whole can be read as a celebration ... More


‘The New Bible’

Michael Blyth

in In the Mouth of Madness

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325406
eISBN:
9781800342293
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325406.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter focuses on religion as a common motif employed throughout John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness (1995). As with many Western horror films, Christianity serves as a theological ... More


‘This One Will Drive You Absolutely Mad’

Michael Blyth

in In the Mouth of Madness

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325406
eISBN:
9781800342293
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325406.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter addresses the ontological concerns in John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness (1995) by focusing on its radical aesthetic and philosophical disorientations: the non-linear presentation ... More


‘You Can Forget About Stephen King’

Michael Blyth

in In the Mouth of Madness

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325406
eISBN:
9781800342293
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325406.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter evaluates how the figure of Sutter Cane, the protagonist in John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness (1995), and his elevated celebrity persona, are very much a knowing homage to that ... More


Introduction

Murray Leeder and Murray Leeder

in Halloween

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781906733797
eISBN:
9781800342149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733797.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This introductory chapter provides an overview and a synopsis of John Carpenter's Halloween (1978). Halloween is an acknowledged horror classic, and one of the relatively few horror films added to ... More


‘Purely and Simply Evil’

Murray Leeder

in Halloween

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781906733797
eISBN:
9781800342149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733797.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This concluding chapter addresses the question of Michael Myers as an abstract embodiment of pure evil. In Halloween (1978), John Carpenter presents an ‘anonymity of evil’, with evil simultaneously ... More


‘A Hint of Joy Before it All Goes to Hell’

Joshua Grimm

in It Follows

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325581
eISBN:
9781800342354
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325581.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses how David Robert Mitchell repeatedly listed John Carpenter as one of his main influences. It describes the opening scenes of Mitchell's It Follows on a tree-lined suburban ... More


The Haunting of Haddonfield

Murray Leeder and Murray Leeder

in Halloween

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781906733797
eISBN:
9781800342149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733797.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter argues that, formally, narratively, and thematically, the character of Michael Myers is constructed as a haunted force, and Haddonfield as a haunted space. One common framework for ... More


‘The Substaunce of My Memory’: London, British Library, MS Additional 24062 and The Re-Formation of Character in the Series

David Watt

in The Making of Thomas Hoccleve's Series

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780859898690
eISBN:
9781781385203
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780859898690.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter examines another kind of autograph manuscript, a formulary, in order to show that the book that Thomas makes not only provides an account of the conciliar movement's call for reform in ... More


‘I know how this one ends’

Jez Conolly

in The Thing

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733773
eISBN:
9781800342132
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733773.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter gives a detailed outline of the film's plot. It disambiguates between the titles of the various Thing film versions. It describes John Carpenter's version of The Thing as a film that is ... More


‘Black Cats and Goblins on Halloween Night’: Halloween and Halloween

Murray Leeder and Murray Leeder

in Halloween

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781906733797
eISBN:
9781800342149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733797.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explains that Halloween is more than simply a setting in John Carpenter's Halloween (1978), but that the film is indeed centrally concerned with the contested meanings of the day when it ... More


Horror, Happy Meals and Hybridisation: Scream and The 1990s

Steven West

in Scream

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325277
eISBN:
9781800342248
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325277.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses Wes Craven's New Nightmare and John Carpenter's In The Mouth of Madness that blurred existing horror cinema and horror literature with reality and pseudo-realities. It analyses ... More


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