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A new drug promises out-of-body experiences, but users are coming back changed forever, and an otherworldly invasion of Earth is underway.
At one point, a character grabs a doorknob and it turns into a penis.
I shouldn't have to say more.
John Dies at the End is almost as hard to form an opinion on as it is to describe its deliriously convoluted premise. It is both joyously ridiculous and annoyingly indulgent - a movie that is engineered for future cultdom but almost a little too try-hard to really deserve it. Yet its indulgences and flaws also help make it one of the more interesting and unforgettable horror-comedies of recent years.
Directed by Don Coscarelli (no stranger to cultish horror movies) and based on the novel by David Wong, John Dies at the End is a fantastical apocalyptic comedy about a pair of deadbeat pals who discover an invasion plan from an alternate dimension thanks to a mysterious drug called soy…
It is amazing to think that Don Coscarelli was only 25 when he directed Phantasm in 1979, it is crazy to think that in the past 34 years he has only directed 11 films (including an episode of Masters of Horror). I find it refreshing that even though he has been a known name in the genre (mostly thanks to the Phantasm series), he is still perfectly capable of releasing a great horror film in 2012. He has adapted with the times, using both practical effects and computer animation simultaneously with great results. I am sure the fact the source material was a novel is a major reason for John Dies at the End being so god damn good, but…
My name is David Wong. I once saw a man's kidney grow tentacles, tear itself out of a ragged hole in his back, and go slapping across my kitchen floor. But that's another story.
While some films take years to reach cult status, when they're directed by Don Coscarelli they tend to reach that status before they're even released. A decade after his last film, Coscarelli returns to the director's chair with an adaptation of David Wong's book of the same name. John Dies at the End started out as a 2001 webserial migrating to various forms to finally being published as a hardcover in 2009.
The source material seems tailor made for Coscarelli who also took on writing…
Soy sauce is a mysterious drug that promises an out of body experience every time it is ingested, as users traverse time and other dimensions. But some no longer return as human, which means it started a silent invasion coming from another world and it's up to our big heroes, John and Dave Wong, to save mankind.
Don Coscarelli establishes a very fast pacing and a quirky atmosphere to unfold his twisted storyline that leaves us confused during most of the film. Yet, that's where the film's magic is, the acclaimed director turns out to be a master of the audience as he leaves us completely intrigued with his messy, yet captivating script. John Dies at the End is another…
Naked Lunch meets eXistenZ meets some other movie that is crazy and confusing. Deadpan, off-beat, dry humor in abundance, most of it doesn't work but there are a few good moments. The plot is so complicated and messy that it's hard to even explain it. It has to do with some kind of drug that causes powerful hallucinations and gives the user psychic abilities. It also has to do with alternate dimensions and all kinds of creatures. All of it is very confusing but it's done on purpose. It can turn out to be one hell of an enjoyable ride if you're into the humor and the zaniness of it but it didn't quite work its magic on me. I…
You'll never guess what happens at the end... Also, what the heck are the creators of the movie on? Seriously, this is some messed up stuff. I think the only lesson I got from this movie is DONT DO DRUGS. Sure it was enjoying to watch throughout because you're like WHAT THE HECK IS HAPPENING, but I don't ever want to watch this again.
John didn't even die at the end.
I don't like reading books, so I have to thank those that took the time to convert this into a movie for me. Thank you.
Kind of enjoyed the book, hated the movie
the world seems to go crazy around you... that soy sauce feeling.
Coscarelli does it again. Incredibly entertaining, well-paced sci-fi horror. Dave was fine; John was great. It was in my Netflix queue for years. Glad I finally watched it. I really dug this movie.
Fantastic writing, and really cool effects. Not as good as the book, but still a very enjoyable flick.
Bill and Ted's Excellent Naked Lunch
Filme, die sich mit alternativen Realitäten beschäftigen und in diesem Zug das Medium ganz für sich einnehmen, sind nichts Neues. Ebenso wenig Filme, die Drogensucht thematisieren. Mischt man beides zusammen erhält man den kruden "John Dies at the End", der dem deutschen Verleih offensichtlich so suspekt war, dass er ihn gleich auf DVD herausbrachte.
Der Film von Don Coscarelli ("Bubba Ho-Tep", "Beastmaster – Der Befreier") basiert auf einem gleichnamigen Kultbuch von David Wong, über das ich mich mangels Kenntnis nicht äußern kann. Rein als Film betrachtet ist "John Dies at the End" eins jener cineastischen Zugunglücke, die gleichermaßen faszinierend wie langweilig sind. Das Interesse wird hauptsächlich dadurch wachgehalten, welche bizarren Einfälle als nächstes auf dem Bildschirm erscheinen werden. Das mag für manchen genug sein, ähnlich einem Kiffer, der sich vor einem Klingeltonmaskottchen fürchtet und dies zu einer abendfüllenden Veranstaltung ausarten lässt, aber letztlich ist es doch etwas dürftig.
Films where their style fills the screen so absolutely, substance is but an afterthought.
Only added some that I've seen,…