YMMV / In the Mouth of Madness

  • Critical Dissonance: Critics gave this film an average reception, receiving only 51% on Rotten Tomatoes. Fans and viewers called it Carpenter's best film of The '90s, receiving 73% on the website.
  • Follow the Leader: Stranger Than Fiction, to some extent, takes cues from this film. This film takes its cues from Deconstructing Harry which in turn takes its cues from Wild Strawberries.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In this movie, a Stephen King expy reveals that his novels are just him channeling the wishes of an eldritch being. A decade later, the real King wrote himself into his Dark Tower series, claiming that his novels are just him channeling the wishes of an eldritch being.
    • In this case, it's less than Hilarious In Hindsight and more an Homage to this film, since Carpenter and King tend to feed off each other's work.
    • David Warner plays a shrink who evaluates Sam Neill's character, which is interesting considering both actors were part of The Omen trilogy (which like this film also had an apocalypse theme). Ironically, Warner had played the ill-fated photographer and The Lancer Keith Jennings in The Omen (1976), while Neill had played the adult Damien Thorn in The Final Conflict.
  • Memetic Mutation: The "Did I ever tell you my favorite color is blue" scene is a minor meme on the net.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Jürgen Prochnow and Charlton Heston, both of whom have only a few minutes of screen time. David Warner and John Glover may also qualify.
  • Paranoia Fuel:
    • Your life could be a product of an insane author. The color of your eyes are just his favorite color.
    • The movie adaptation of the Sutter Cane's book that slowly makes you insane and turns you into a monster? You just watched it.
  • Retroactive Recognition: The paper boy who Trent meets after he leaves Hobb's End? Yep, that's Hayden Christensen.
  • Special Effect Failure: Linda's bloody tears.