In the Mouth of Madness (1994) w/Keith Phipps of The Next Picture Show

in the mouth of madness

This week on Alcohollywood, Keith Phipps of The Next Picture Show joins us to talk John Carpenter’s 1994 Lovecraftian mind-bender In the Mouth of Madness! When grizzled/semi-New Zealander insurance investigator John Trent (Sam Neill) is tasked with tracking down the missing horror writer Sutter Cane (get it? like Stephen King?), he finds himself in a metatextual nightmare where the lines between realty and fiction are intriguingly blurred. It’s a curiously effective mix of campy horror chills, impressive practical effects, and mind-bending twists, so check it out along with our custom cocktail and drinking game!

(Thanks to our sponsor Cards Against Humanity as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)


THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: Gin the Mouth of Madness

in the mouth of madness cocktail1.5 oz gin
1.5 oz Framboise
3 oz orange juice
4.5 oz pale ale, chilled
dash, Angostura bitters

Combine in pilsner glass; garnish with long, thin strips of orange, lemon and lime peel to create those Cthulu tentacles we all love so much.



1) Drink whenever you see Sutter Cane merchandise
2) Drink any time Sam Neill expresses doubt in the seriousness of this situation
3) Drink every time Sam Neill gets a cigarette out (he doesn’t even have to light it)


Sam Neill impishly whispers, “There’s a movie.

Join us next week as we get metatextual with the Martin McDonough’s crime comedy In Bruges!

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About Clint Worthington

Clint Worthington is a Chicago-based film/TV critic and podcaster. A member of the Chicago Film Critics Association, you can find his other film work at Consequence of Sound (where he is a Senior Staff Writer), Crooked Marquee, IndieWire and UPROXX. He is also the co-host of Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast.

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