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…
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This is like a an mature version of supernatural. I admire all the things they manage to do with a small budget. I do wish this would continue as a series on HBO. I want a movie about Clancy Brown's character.
Pretty fun, also really stupid. I still enjoyed it, mainly because of Paul Giamatti. My favorite part was when the guy touched a doorknob and it turned into a penis.
Love this movie!! Has a twisted plot!!
WTF. I literally don't even know if John dies at the end of John Dies At The End.
It took a rewatch of John Dies at the End to notice many of the brilliant details... like Angus Scrimm as the demonic priest. It's now joining Cabin in the Woods and Shaun of the Dead in the category of horror comedies that I never tire of and that just get better with repeated viewings.
What a weird movie. I know it’s based on the comics, though a bit loosely (I read the plot of the comics after the movie, on Wikipedia). Some of the comics actually explained some of the scenes that I can only assume were nods to fans. But even without knowing about the source material, this movie is weird by itself.
The story is really, really incoherent. Things happen that are never really explained (or barely). The whole introduction is a nod to the comics that the movie never explains. All of that together, you would think I would hate the movie. But… no. The movie is quite all right. I think that because of how the story is played, this…
I love this movie!
On second viewing, I didn't get caught up in comparing this to the source material. This time, I just enjoyed the ride, and I had a fucking blast.
A batshit voiceover, tons of crazy one liners, hilarious/gross monsters - JDATE is basically Evil Dead 2 mixed with Pineapple Express with a little Crank 2 (not Crank) thrown in.
Watching it is like finding a 100 dollar bill in your bratwurst, except actually this time.
"That Soy Sauce feeling"
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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