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…
Kinda funny, but mainly just confusing.
I kind of figured they would have to cut what they did in order to make the movie more coherent which proves my point - always try and make your book as easily adaptable to film as possible (yes, even when it starts off online in fragments and you think there's no hope it will ever be published or read.)
I hope the film potential wasn't wasted on this so that no director wants to take a chance on the second one because it would work so much better than this one did (and have something original to say in a very tired, on-it's-last legs nearly dead from overexposure genre.)
Why can't more movies be like this?
In which... I can fully understand the split between those who loved it and those who hated it... but either way it fully feels like something only Don Coscarelli could have directed.
Bizzare premise in which two slackers get hooked on "soy sauce", a drug that gives them ESP-like abilities, and acts as a gateway to other dimensions. The film does have some intriguing ideas and twists behind it but is unfortunately devoid of any level of effective humour - a problem as it is represented as a black comedy after all. It is instead filled with gore and weird imagery which may impress some viewers more than others. Lazy performances by Williamson and Mayes.
except for paul giamatti (who is awesome), i don't know how to feel about this weird -sometimes dumb, sometimes brilliant- movie. i enjoyed it, though.
READ THE BOOK FOR SURE. Amazing adaptation, totally how I imagined it.
I had a blast reading the book so I was looking forward to this, but unfortunately the movie adaptation doesn't measure up to its source material. In fact, they didn't even come close. They got a lot of the casting wrong (except Paul Giamatti, who is great), they got the tone all wrong, they over-used bad CGI when they could have gone for practical effects, ...
If you're a bit of a reader, ignore the movie and try the book. If you're not a reader at all, you might enjoy the insanity and the foul humour that they did manage to transfer to the big screen.
Uh, Shelly. John and I are having a bit of a problem here. We're both seeing completely different versions of you. Now, John here has eyesight problems 'cause of his constant masturbation, but I- I don't think...
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***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…