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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
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…
One of the weirdest movies I've seen in a while. Really far out, but quite enjoyable! Loved how the characters, especially Dave, was like "whatever" to a lot of crazy stuff. It generated some funny scenes. Had a good time!
WTF did I just watch??
Energico cocktail de locuras varias, divertida y sorprendente, aunque la parte técnica deja bastante que desear.
A hugely entertaining movie that was surprisingly good.Well acted for the most part and full of interesting ideas and visuals which is what I've come to expect from Don Coscarelli. The exploding eyeballs and the cameo from Angus Scrimm were my favorite parts. The movie did start to slow down and lose steam at the end. A really great cross between "limitless" and "Naked Lunch".
Silly as heck, but as a fan of the book I gotta love it.
Esta película tiene todos los ingredientes para que yo la ame, pero le falta algo, esa chispa de vida que tan dificil de encontrar es a veces.
Coscarelli y los actores, prácticamente desconocidos, ponen todo de su parte para crear un alucinante viaje por dimensiones alternas como hace mucho no veíamos. Solo eso ya es encomiable. Pero al final me queda la sensación de que no se logró mucho (a pesar de que se ha salvado al universo... o algo así).
Muy en particular y sin dar spoilers me quedo perplejo ante el titulo.
What the fuck was this film.
I was bored by John Dies at the End and I don't know why. It's conceptually interesting and executed fairly well. It's oddball, without feeling like it is inappropriately so for the world that has been setup.
It also meanders around in that aimless sort of way that makes it difficult to follow. It raises questions in the viewer that it never bothers to answer. And perhaps the worst crime is that none of the actors are particularly indistinguishable from a wet rag on a stick.
So I guess John Dies at the End is an interesting idea strangled by a suspect script (although my guess is that it is faithful to the book it's based on--I read about half of that, and the half I read was spot-on with what was on-screen) and a group of people that I didn't really care about one way or the other.
So that sucks.
I liked it, but not as much as I thought I would. It’s randomness and absurdity feels at times a little bit too forced for my taste, also the constant pseudo philosophical bullshit dialogue got pretty annoying. Although this might have been a deliberate choice from the writer. And at the end it felt a little bit too much like a TV pilot. Granted, I would watch the shit out of this show, but it caused this “Oh, that’s it?” feeling, that a standalone movie shouldn’t cause.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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