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.
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 pace 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…
cuando es cagada es muy cagada, gracias sobre todo a paul giamatti y al perro bark lee. hay chistes geniales. sin embargo encontré ennervante lo limitado de sus recursos visuales. básicamente está filmada desde dos encuadres. uno de ellos: "muy de cerca", lo cual aparte de todo impide orientarse respecto de cualquier espacio.
lo que no hubieran hecho edgar wright y simon pegg con este material, carajo.
#35 of Halloween Horror!
I'm a fan of the comedy-parody website Cracked and this, for me, will always be the 'Cracked movie' as it was written by David Wong and John Cheese from Cracked. The reason it's taken me this long to get around to it is neither of those guys rank highly on my list of people to read over there. If Robert Brockway had made a movie I'd totally watch it. It'd be about whiskey and motorbikes. But Brockway tends to have trouble concentrating on something for that long so Wong was the dude to get a movie made first. It's a delightful film where you can't trust your own eyes, can't tell where it's going and has…
The movie adaptation of David Wong's fun and creative novel is decently entertaining, but ultimately fails to live up to the promise of the source material. Director Don Coscarelli does a decent job at creating a fun and surreal atmosphere with a great low-budget feel, and while the two main protagonists aren't amazing, they manage to carry the film. I also loved the cameo by Angus Scrimm, who plays the Tall Man in Coscarelli's Phantasm horror franchise. Unfortunately, if you've read the book, the plot suffers from major condensing and changes, and while all adaptations deal with this, I think this could have simply been structured differently to still retain most of what was in the original novel. I also…
I finally finished it. It wasn't too bad after all.
I was right(see previous review).
Funny, Weird film rich with content.
Worth multiple views.
Wierd. Fucked Up. Must see.
Don't read the reviews, don't watch the trailer, and don't read the premise. Somehow, movies I enjoy the most, are the ones I know the least about. Kick-back and enjoy the ride. If I were to rate this movie on pure enjoyment: 4 n 1/2 stars
"Hey, you owe me a beer Mon!" The Jamaican guy's pseudo-monologue, is among my favorites in all cinema.
Think Donnie Darko on crack.
" - What do you think it's like, Father?
- What's what like?
- Being crazy, mentally ill.
- Well, they never know they're ill, do they? I mean, you can't diagnose yourself with the same organ that has the disease, just like you can't see your own eyeball. I suppose you just feel regular, and the rest of the world seems to go crazy around you."
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
- 13 Sins
- 100 Bloody Acres
- The ABCs of Death
Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
- I've Heard the Mermaids Singing
- Zazie dans le métro
- 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…