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…
I need to rewatch this.
nice tripping movie..acid.
Pretty weird stuff. An insane script that's pretty fun to watch.
Suffers from a propensity to explain plot points through huge information dumps of sci-fi/ gobbledygook that caused me to mostly check out.
Also doesn't help that the two slacker leads remind me of Kevin Smith protagonists (never a good thing) and the main protagonist's cynical delivery and constant confused, eye rolling facial mannerisms are irritating to a distracting degree.
In fact, the whole thing is like an amalgam of Chuck Palahniuk (also not a good thing), Mallrats, Dogma and Phantasm.
On the plus side, there is Coscarelli's energetic direction, some imaginative ideas and concepts, lots of practical gore and Paul Giamatti (always a good thing).
If this came out in '87 I would have probably loved it.
It was an okay attempt. Had this in my queue for about a year. Probably should've left it there.
Energetic storytelling, which is the trademark of Don Coscarelli movies, but otherwise I thought that the deliery was rather ill-suited to a movie. There's too much happening too soon and while I suspect that people who have read David Wong novel were delighted by the accuracy of the adaptation, it left me wondering what the fuck I was watching at times. The sheer whackiness will probably assure the movie a place in cult history, but otherwise I thought it was a little hermetic.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Not as cuhrayzee as I was hoping; it's essentially just a multi-dimmensional, 80's-fueled, hotdog-phone, dog-driving, phantom-limb-door-turning, dick-doorknob, I-just-imagined-a-great-actor-who-is-really-black, giant-supercomputer-octopus, mask-wearing-cultists, bomb-failed-to-go-off, just kidding the dog saved it, basketball-playing multiple-world-saving early-twenties guys, black beetle drug, kind of movie.
I can't imagine a review that encases what I thought of this movie. I don't think I have very specific thoughts, except that I just really loved this movie - the cinematography, the story, the wild stuff... it was all really fun! I could watch it again and again.
(if you're going to have a double-feature movie night, I recommend pairing this with Tucker & Dale vs. Evil)
It's actually this movie that dies at the end: each time through it, I'm a little less enamored with the beginning, and even more disappointed by the greenscreen finale that sucks all the fun out of the room. It's not terrible, but I can only imagine how much more I'd like it if it didn't seem like Coscarelli ran out of money 75% of the way through.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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