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…
My name is David Wong. I once saw a man's kidney grow tentacles, tear itself out of a ragged hole in his back, and go slapping across my kitchen floor. But that's another story.
While some films take years to reach cult status, when they're directed by Don Coscarelli they tend to reach that status before they're even released. A decade after his last film, Coscarelli returns to the director's chair with an adaptation of David Wong's book of the same name. John Dies at the End started out as a 2001 webserial migrating to various forms to finally being published as a hardcover in 2009.
The source material seems tailor made for Coscarelli who also took on writing…
Phantasm is one of the pinnacles of eerie 70s horror cinema, and as much I appreciate that Don Coscarelli has kept true to his path of making idiosyncratic strange films, they simply don't work for me. John Dies at the End has all the right ingredients, but somehow the off-beat pace makes it drag in the wrong way. Not really badly made, just not my cup of weirdo.
Liked it a lot.
Just a series of quirky moments and offbeat "humor". I suppose seeing our protagonist get confused for an hour and a half is supposed pass as entertainment. The problem is we never see what passes for normal in this world so nothing ever really seems all that extraordinary. The whole film is trying way too hard to be a cult masterpiece.
Bizarre doesn't even begin to describe it.
I had high hopes for John Dies At The End (Don Coscarelli, 2012), because its director made the wonderfully offbeat Bubba Ho-Tep, which remains a cult favourite of mine. Sadly, it seems as if a soul-sucking Egyptian mummy has got its hands on Coscarelli, because this shows none of the wit or charm that made Bubba Ho-Tep so great. Based on the book by David Wong , it begins with a slacker David (Chase Williamson) killing a zombie, before sitting down to tell a skeptical reporter about how he and his friend John (John Cheese) acquired psychic powers which enabled them to see creatures from alternate dimensions, prompting all sorts of zany adventures. The muddled tale unfolds in flashback in…
I've recently seen John Dies at the End for the second time. I feel like this movie has to be seen multiple times to be really appreciated. Fun trippy ideas packaged in a trashy b-horror movie.
Finally watched this the other day - amazing. Never really wacky for its own sake. Existential in the best post-modernist sense. All its strands hung together expertly with a unique, sincere tone, breathless imagination and intuitive sense of its own rules. Hard to believe it got bad reviews on release.
Started very promising but ended up cheesy sic fi with cheesy cgi. Can tell this worked better as a book.
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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…