Frequent John Carpenter cinematographer Gary Brian Kibbe past away on March 12th at the age of 79. Carpenter broke the news over on Twitter, writing:
Kibbe is best known for lensing such classic Carpenter flicks as Prince of Darkness, They Live, In the Mouth of Madness, Village of the Damned, Escape from L.A., Vampires, Ghosts of Mars, and Body Bags.
On top of those John Carpenter movies, he also lent his talents to such films as Fred Dekker’s RoboCop 3, Double Dragon, The Librarians, Two-Fisted Tales, and Tales from the Crypt.
Mine is probably In the Mouth of Madness, which centers on a horror novelist Sutter Cane (Jürgen Prochnow) who goes missing. Insurance investigator John Trent (Sam Neill) scrutinizes the claim made by his publisher, Jackson Harglow (Charlton Heston), and endeavors to retrieve a yet-to-be-released manuscript and ascertain the writer’s whereabouts. Accompanied by the novelist’s editor, Linda Styles (Julie Carmen), and disturbed by nightmares from reading Cane’s other novels, Trent makes an eerie nighttime trek to a supernatural town in New Hampshire.
The film sports a 59% approval rating over on Rotten Tomatoes with a Critics Consensus that reads: If it fails to make the most of its intriguing premise, In the Mouth of Madness remains a decent enough diversion for horror fans and John Carpenter completists.