Standard horror flick pays homage to or pokes fun at Stephen King (you decide) with story of successful horror novelist whose fans become a bit too engrossed in his stories--seems his readers tend to slip into dementia and carry out the grisly acts depicted within the pages. Neill plays an insurance investigator who must track down the missing author while combating the psychotic, axe-wielding residents of the seemingly quiet east coast hamlet where the author resides. Worth a look for the above-average special effects and makeup provided by Industrial Light and Magic (ILM).
Ahead of it's time... kazant at 2009-10-06 09:01:02
Dismissed by many as just a convoluted and slimy shocker, this is one of John Carpenter's best films (still not available on Region 2 DVD!)and amost 15 years later it's even more relevant than it was in 1995. Imagine if Stephen King or Dean Koontz or James Herbert books started driving the readers crazy and that the author had gone missing. What if you wrere a private-investigater hired by the author's desperate agent to seek him out and find out what the hell was going on. And what if you found him in a strange and spooky vilage in the middle of nowhere and the villigers were all mad? shake up that mix with loads of H P Lovecraft, Sam Neill as the sceptical p.i. and blend it with some pre-apocalyptic imagery and you have an intelligent horror movie that when viewed in this post 9/11 era is actually quite disturbing.