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 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…
This movie is from a parallel universe in another dimension. Entertaining, but sometimes silly. John is kind of funny though... 3.25 stars.
#28 of my Shocktober Challenge 2014
"Are you familiar with the old human saying: I wanna shoot you so bad my dick's hard?"
John Dies at the End is one of those films I'd call a one time experience. It's awesome on a first watch because it plays a lot with your expectations (or rather it doesn't give a fuck about your expectations and just rolls with it) but I'd assume on a rewatch this loses a lot of its appeal.
It is quite charming and funny though. A very enjoyable script with some actually clever ideas is behind this and best of all: It is actually delivered by good actors.
Paul Giamatti is one of them he plays the…
I mean, he doesn't, but this is still a bizarre mindfuck of a wild trip of a zany film. What it lacks in a remotely coherent plot it more than makes up for it with outrageous hijinks and balls-to-the-wall fun.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
At least judging by his non-descript appearance, it might seem like Dave(Chase Williamson) might not look that interesting at first glance or have anything of substance to tell Arnie(Paul Giamatti), a journalist. You would be wrong. Because as he tells it, Dave and his friend John(Rob Mayes) have had more than their share of supernatural adventures, some where they got help from the amazing Marconi(Clancy Brown). The strangeness all began at a party with their first exposure to some very special soy sauce.
Even as influenced as it is by the likes of William Burroughs and Alejandro Jodorowsky, "John Dies at the End" is still plenty original and fun to boot with a scene stealing turn from Glynn Turman. Granted…
John should've died sooner.
Chase Williamson and Clancy Brown team up in another turd for the punch bowl. Oh Paul Giamatti is in this one as well. Still not sure what he did to deserve this crap or Hangover 2, Amazing Spiderman 2 and Turbo. I know some people who like this one and that's the only reason I bothered. In the end I was left confused and disappointed. At times it was interesting while other moments reminded me of Odd Thomas or a 10 cent version of Ghostbusters.
I didn't care about the characters including John, the dude bro. This guy belongs on the CW and not a film. No hot girls unless you find amputees sexy. Maybe its more of a stoner film or another addition of alcohol makes it better cinema.
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…
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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…