Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
John Dies at the End
Just so you know... they're sorry for anything that's about to happen.
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…
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…
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.
Knew I could trust that dog. What a hero.
"Ever heard the phrase 'I wanna shoot you in the face so bad my dick is hard'?"
I've seen this movie three times now, and I'm still not sure what it even is about.
But is it an enjoyable trip? HELL YEAH!
There's something just so dynamic and charming about the two lead actors as they fall further down into a soy-saucy rabbit hole filled with surreal visuals, over the top gore and partial nudity. Through this hazy hashish visions there's some real brilliance shining through, although for coherence I'd guess you'd have to read the book, which *is* next on the list.
Could it be better? Definitely. I suspect there must have been a lot lost in editing, and the pacing could've been more even. As it is now it's almost like two-three stories in one (without an act structure).
But there's also a monster made entirely of meat products, and guy that chats with his best friend via hot dog and...
You see where I'm getting at?
I do like a slice of strange but couldn't help but think that I'd rather be watching Cronenberg or Lynch for my dose of the bizarre. Let's get something clear, no surprises, it's not a patch on the book and covers only a very small portion of the story but it shoe horns enough crazy and comedy at such a ridiculously fast pace you are not left any time to question any of it. Layers and layers of outrageous situations are thrown before us, we are taken for a ride on a cinematic rollercoaster-come-haunted house. One thing is certain, from the very start you know it doesn't take itself seriously and some questionable ideas soon become the norm. Certainly lacking in that little something to give it the edge it needed but as a bit of fun this works.
What the actual fuck?!
In all seriousness I thoroughly enjoyed the ever living shit out of this B movie!
I'm just going to assume that the book is better because this movie was pretty "Meh."
Almost every joke fell flat for me and it felt like it couldn't decide if it was a comedy or a horror movie or a mystery or something else.
Starts off pleasingly fun and clever, but it’s purposeful incoherence gets the best of it as it gets less and less about riffing on sci-fi/horror/conspiracy theories and more about being ~*~*~soOoOOo random!!~~*~*~. Could make a fun tv show though.
Lots of fun. Makes me feel the way I felt when I watched Army of Darkness as a child. The characters inhabit a bizzarely interesting universe and the pacing is too unapologetically breakneck to explain a whole lot. Wouldnt have it any other way.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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