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John Dies at the End
Just so you know... they're sorry for anything that's about to happen.
A new drug promises out-of-body experiences, but users are coming back changed forever, and an otherworldly invasion of Earth is underway.
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…
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…
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…
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.
The first time I watched this a few years ago was shortly after I read the book, and I was disappointed by how much was left out. Now, watching it with no memory of what happens in the book and viewing it just as a standalone film, I enjoyed it much more. I'll no longer see it as an adaptation, but a film based on the story in the book, because this story is more contained but still tells it really well. I'm glad a big studio didn't pick this up, because the independent, low-budget feeling actually adds a whole lot. The unknown (aside from Paul Giamatti) cast; the reliance on real effects over CGI.. it all feels like a…
Not since Southland Tales have I seen such a gloriously insane movie that had me, a lover of weird who's difficult to throw, constantly, joyfully asking, "WTF?!"
אחד מהסרטים הכי מוזרים וכיפים שיש. העריכה בהתחלה יכולה קצת לעצבן אבל אני מנחשת שלא היה להם חומר גלם טוב או משהו אז סלחתי. ממש מומלץ למי שאוהב מדע בדיוני וסרטים מוזרים
I rewatch this all the time.
Adapted from David Wong's stream of consciousness cult novel, Don Coscarelli's John Dies at the End is a supernatural sci-fi adventure film that can be most easily (well, you know, "easily") summed up as the long running CW show Supernatural by way of Cronenberg's Naked Lunch with just the right amount of Sam Raimi and Rick Linklater thrown in.
But it's also nothing like that at all.
An origin story about two friends who battle other-worldy evil on a for hire basis with the help of a perception altering substance called soy sauce. Its presentation is intentionally confused, sort of soberly psychedelic - if that means anything at all, but its core is a very straightforward buddy picture. Imagine if…
This movie was very confusing and hard to follow at many points, but at some point you just gotta sit back and embrace the chaos. Midnight was the perfect time to see this movie, I don't think I would have had the capability to try and parse it any other time. But the biggest problem I have here is that in no way does Paul Giamatti sound like an old black man, and nothing will ever convince me otherwise.
Director Don Coscorelli is no stranger to the zany horror-comedy. One of my favorite films of 2002 is Bubba Ho-Tep, starring Bruce Campbell as an Elvis Presley impersonator who lives in a nursing home and must defeat an evil zombie named Bubba. It is truly one of the funniest films that I have ever seen, and so I greatly anticipated Coscorelli’s latest film - an adaptation of the Jason Pargin novel, John Dies at the End -which promised the familiar unhinged lunacy that made Bubba such a memorable experience. Now that I have finally seen it, I can tell you – John delivers all of that and much, much more.
The less that you know going in to John Dies…
Lame. Some people seem to call this a horror-comedy - I don't know about that. It's a teenage stoner's fest with enough dick jokes to satisfy younglings too. Maybe if it took itself more seriously it could have been something a little more interesting.
For the longest time this movie had been at the top of my want to watch list. I bought the book and adore it. The first time I watched this movie I immediately fell in love. The second time I decided I really really loved this movie. A lot of viewings later and several months later, I find myself watching it again. I still fucking love this movie.
Movies that are slightly off.
Films where their style fills the screen so absolutely, substance is but an afterthought.
Only added some that I've seen,…