Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
John Dies at the End
Just so you know...they're sorry for anything that's about to happen.
It's a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. On the street they call it Soy Sauce, and users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can't.
At one point, a character grabs a doorknob and it turns into a penis.
I shouldn't have to say more.
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…
This movie ain't for everyone, but it's totally for me. There's freaky space insects, freaky space drugs, interdimensional travel, people exploding, and the main character takes a phone call on a bratwurst. Easily my favorite film of 2013 so far.
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…
I haven't read the source material this is based on, but after watching Coscarelli's adaptation I really want to as I got the feeling I might like that even more than I did the film.
This is a completely bizarre film that plays out like some weird amalgamation of Naked Lunch and Ghostbusters which shouldn't work but does. There is a host of ideas that feel unexplored, but the strong dialogues, breakneck pace and out of the box weirdness make it come together in a neat bundle of unbridled strangeness.
And yes, it has an absolutely brilliant (k)nob joke.
Director - Don Coscarelli
Writers - Don Coscarelli (Screenplay) and David Wong (Story)
Cast - Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman, Doug Jones, Tai Bennett, Fabianne Therese, Jonny Weston and Jimmy Wong
John Dies at the End is like Detention on a ton of speed. It combines classic creature-feature horror, juvenile humour and a generous helping of surrealism, resulting in a film that works far better than it has any right to. If you can ignore the batshit plot and the fact that none of it makes a blind bit of sense, you’re in for a real treat when you sit down to watch this film. It follows the story of David (Williamson) and John…
Weird stuff, this John dies at the end. A movie to watch, if it were only for its title. A drug causes some people to see into the future. Which causes jumps in the story that are hard to follow. This is one movie to watch at least twice before it can be understood (by me). Good acting though.
worth the effort in hunting down, and sticking with - as the more you think about it, the better it seems!
Much much better the second time through, holy shit.
Rewatch after reading the book. It loses a lot of information from the source, but they were necessary cuts. So many great performances and it's still wacky fun.
The cinematography is very weird, but so is "John Dies at the End" itself, a very different but average rental at best.
That ending scene is flawless it's in my top ten of all time.
Pari hämärää piripäätä vetää uudesta muotihuumeesta överit ja tsippailu toisessa ulottuvuudessa voi alkaa.
Psykedeliaa, vainoharhaa, hallusinaatiota. Aikatasoilla hyppelyä. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas -viboja huonolla tavalla. Erittäin häiriintynyt pala.
I guess I should like this. It seems a little too relentlessly goofy and self-aware to be true cult flick, but maybe that's what it was going for.
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- Alyce Kills
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
- I've Heard the Mermaids Singing
- Zazie in the Metro
- Allegro non troppo
- The Adventures of Prince Achmed
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…