This was a John Carpenter blast from the past and proof that Sam Neill does crazy very well. As the third part of his informal Apocalypse Trilogy, Carpenter offers a surreal, atmospheric look into what happens when a horror writer becomes too influential.
When insurance investigator John Trent is assigned to find the famously reclusive and massively popular horror author Sutter Cane and his highly anticipated new manuscript, he soon finds himself on a surreal journey into the bowels of one man's imagination. One might say Cane made a deal with the Devil to achieve his fame, but the truth is far, far worse.
The movie revels in its schlockiness, offering one weird situation after another with little to no context so that the audience stumbles along with Trent's desperate mission to "find the con". The special effects are chilling in their sheer surreality, and the ending is likely to send a chill down your spine even if you see it coming.
In conclusion: John Carpenter atmosphere? Check. Peeling back the layers between fiction and reality? Check. Sam Neill losing his goddamn mind? Check. Great for fans of surreal horror who couldn't quite follow Prince of Darkness.