1327 – In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

timespace coordinates: 1990’s New Hampshire

reality isn’t what it used to be…”

In the Mouth of Madness is a 1994 American horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter and written by Michael De Luca. It stars Sam NeillJulie CarmenJürgen ProchnowDavid Warner and Charlton Heston. Informally, the film is the third installment in Carpenter’s Apocalypse Trilogy, preceded by The Thing and Prince of Darkness.

The film pays tribute to the work of seminal horror writer H. P. Lovecraft, with many references to his stories and themes. Its title is a play on Lovecraft’s novella, At the Mountains of Madness, and insanity plays as great a role in the film as it does in Lovecraft’s fiction. The opening scene depicts Trent’s confinement to an asylum, with the bulk of the story told in flashback, a common technique of Lovecraft. Reference is made to Lovecraftian settings and details (such as a character that shares the name of Lovecraft’s Pickman family). Sutter Cane’s novels have similar titles to H.P. Lovecraft stories : The Whisperer of the Dark (The Whisperer in Darkness), The Thing in the Basement (The Thing on the Doorstep), Haunter out of Time (The Haunter of the Dark/The Shadow Out of Time), and The Hobbs End Horror (The Dunwich Horror), the latter also referencing Hobbs End underground station from Nigel Kneale‘s Quatermass and the Pit.

The film can also be seen as a reference to Stephen King, who, like Lovecraft, writes horror fiction set in New England hamlets. (wiki)

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1315 – Dorian Gray (2009)

timespace coordinates: late Victorian London 1891 / 1916

Dorian Gray is a 2009 British fantasy-horror drama film based on Oscar Wilde‘s 1890 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. The adaptation is directed by Oliver Parker, and stars Ben Barnes as Dorian Gray and Colin Firth as Lord Henry Wotton. It tells the story of the title character, an attractive Englishman whose image is captured in an enchanted painting that keeps him from aging. (wiki)

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the adjective “real” is ambiguous; it has a thousand meanings. The verb “to exist” has even more. (1314)


What dream among dreams is reality?

1297 – Blue My Mind (2017)

timespace coordinates: 2010’s Zürich, Switzerland

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“As push-pull friendships in churning waters go, Mia’s and Gianna’s is the visceral heart of Brühlmann’s film, which otherwise isn’t the greatest mix of teen angst and body horror you’re likely to see, but also nowhere near the worst.” Robert Abele / Los Angeles Times (rt)MV5BMmU1ODRkN2EtMjU4Yy00ZDlkLTk0MWYtYTk2M2ZjY2NiNzIyXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNTI2ODA2NTc@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,707,1000_AL_imdb

1295 – The Keep (1983)

timespace coordinates: 1941 Dinu Pass, Romanian Alps, somewhere north of Ploiesti

MV5BOWMzOGFiZjQtMmQxZS00Yzg3LThiNDEtYjdiNGM1YTFkYzAyXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMTQxNzMzNDI@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,675,1000_AL_The Keep is a 1983 supernatural horror film directed by Michael Mann and starring Scott GlennGabriel ByrneJürgen ProchnowAlberta Watson and Ian McKellen. It was released by Paramount Pictures. The story is based on the F. Paul Wilson novel of the same name, originally published in 1981. The theme and music was composed by Tangerine Dream.  (wiki)

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1276 – Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

timespace coordinates: 2010’s Detroit /  Tangier

only_lovers_left_alive_ver6_xlgOnly Lovers Left Alive is a 2013 comedy-drama film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, starring Tilda SwintonTom HiddlestonMia WasikowskaAnton YelchinJeffrey WrightSlimane Dazi and John Hurt. An international co-production of the United Kingdom and Germany, the film focuses on the romance between two vampires. (wiki)

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1275 – The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

timespace coordinates: 2010’s small rural town Centerville

The Dead Don’t Die is a 2019 American horror comedy film / cautionary tale written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It features an ensemble cast including Adam DriverBill MurrayChloë SevignySteve BuscemiAustin ButlerRZATilda SwintonTom WaitsDanny GloverCaleb Landry JonesRosie PerezCarol Kane and Selena Gomez and follows a small town’s police force as they combat a sudden zombie invasion. (wiki)

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