Mother’s Day. The time of the year to show your Mom how much she means to you by getting her some cheap flowers from the grocery store. But Mother’s Day is also the time of the year to remember that scene from John Carpenter’s In The Mouth Of Madness where that creepy little girl says this:
Yes, I know – that’s a random clip to play to correspond with Mother’s Day. But, I was giving In The Mouth Of Madness a re-watch the other night and that scene always creeped me out. Maybe it’s the way she takes that little pause before she says “Today is Mommy’s Day” in that unsettling whisper.
Lots of things creep me out about this movie though (that bike scene forever haunts me), but that little girl needed more screen time. Nevertheless – kudos to In the Mouth Of Madness for being, in my opinion, one of Carpenter’s most underrated films (albeit the plot is a bit of a mess). And an early kudos to the mothers out there (including mine) who tolerated us watching movies like this!
I just had the pleasure of seeing John Carpenter perform his music live last night (on Halloween nonetheless) for the second time in 2 years. And just like the first time, when I walked away from the concert I thought about one of his movies. And thinking about that movie made me think about an old lady with scissors in her hand. And it also made me think about a bunch of black beetles, but my thoughts had nothing to do with a mannequin challenge. What the hell am I babbling about? Well, this clip from Prince Of Darkness of course!
Prince Of Darkness is probably my favorite ‘least favorite’ John Carpenter movie. The plot and pacing is all over the place. But it has Alice Cooper in it. And it also has the clip above and many more like it that honestly rank up there with Carpenter’s creepiest throughout his career. This clip with the old lady attacking that poor bastard with the scissors definitely has an Argento vibe to me (the close up on the scissors before they strike down), even though I feel there should have been more blood on the scissors – but I digress. Nitpicking is an art.
The point is, that I think every time I do watch Prince Of Darkness – I like it more. It’s a grower, and not an immediate shower for me. Oh – and go check out Mr. Carpenter on his current tour supporting is new Anthology album. Where else are you going to hear the theme from Vampires live, after all?