Sam Neill, Julie Carmen, Jürgen Prochnow, David Warner
John Carpenter (Director), Michael De Luca (Screenplay)
Released: Dec. 12th, 1994
Runtime: 1 hour, 35 minutes
With the disappearance of hack horror writer Sutter Cane, all Hell is breaking loose...literally! Author Cane, it seems, has a knack for description that really brings his evil creepy-crawlies to life. Insurance investigator John Trent is sent to investigate Cane's mysterious vanishing act and ends up in the sleepy little East Coast town of Hobb's End.
It's hard to talk about plot because the story is a story of a story and unless this script dropped the ball and warranted dissection, there's nothing that can be said that the movie doesn't wrap up fine on its own.
I thought it might be interesting to note that I originally learned of this movie by looking up John Carpenter's filmography and was encouraged to watch it through a combination of wanting to see Sam Neil in another movie besides Jurassic Park and the open recommendation from Spoony in his tabletop roleplaying series where he calls it "the best Call of Cthulu movie ever made".
There was no consistent style and the movie continuously wandered from King's modern small town horror to Lovecraftian themes of Stygian depths swarming with ancient malignant beings to comedic weirdness.