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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 don't choose the Soy Sauce. The Soy Sauce chooses you!"
This movie does not make any sense. I'm loving it!
Part of October Horror Month 2016
doesthedogdie.com bout to catch these hands for spoiling a major plot point... anyways it was a good time
Aimless story elevated somewhat by solid performances and dialogue that for the most part could have been spoken by real human beings. A few really funny parts, mostly involving David Wong's freak outs.
This is one of those films that is just bursting with so much imagination and potential that the lack of a good aesthetic to it is both tragic and yet not enough to really sink the film.
No slight to Don Coscarelli, I'm a huge fan of the Phantasm series, but the look of this film is pretty cheap and cheesy. He manages to execute the bizarre story in a fun enough fashion that it keeps you engaged the entire film but goddamn would this have been explosive in the hands of... oh I don't know... the Coen Brothers or Edgar Wright.
However, with that aside, it's super fun. Just press play and be prepared for scene after scene of…
This is a super fun movie that is made very poorly.
Thinking of it more as a trailer for a book I now want to read, this movie makes much more sense.
It also, as Lynch said while watching it, proves that no movie can de-class Paul Giamatti, instead he just lends his class to movies from time to time.
Also it kind of trades in any emotional cache it might have had at the end to just sort of definitively say that the heroes are kind of morally vacuous asshats.
It's directed by don coscarelli without any of the style of bubba ho tep but I haven't seen Phantasm or Beastmaster, so maybe it's more like those, who knows.…
Not only the worst movie I've ever seen, also the STUPIDEST. Nothing is ever explained. Plot has holes in it. Also the plot's really stupid.
i really liked the first half, especially the whole reality-ripping-at-the-seams dream logic-y aspect.
i think i'll like the book better, but when the dimension-hopping thing where everything got explained it kind of lost me. maybe this is just the kind of story you can't resolve without losing some of what makes it so interesting. im just a nerd tho idk
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