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…
Third viewing in a couple of years. It's a totally fun movie based upon a totally fun book. It does a terrific job of capturing the spirit an d humor of the source material. Crazy, weird and totally funny. Dig it.
Snarky and somewhat asinine, slacker humour devolving into an adequate story.
'You don't choose the Soy Sauce, the Soy Sauce chooses you...'
Andrea, Stacey and I attempted watching this a good while ago when the DVD first arrived. It turns out, all three of us were far too drunk to have taken any of it in, so the 'rewatch' is on.
It is a low budget affair, with high budget aspirations. For once, this doesn't detract, it makes the film have a certain B-Movie-esque charm. The acting is ham at times, and just adds to the enjoyment. You can tell that Coscarelli had taken inspiration from the likes of recent success' that less is more, but the cinematography works well and doesn't lose it's dreamlike, stoner state of being.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Just had myself a cheap contact high from this film.
Since I haven't read the book, I cannot vouch for how canon this movie is in comparison. So with that said, time to jump into a world of drugs, death and confusion.
I like this film for the same reason that I like films such as "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and "A Scanner Darkly". Its because these movies are trippy as all hell. "John Dies at the End" is somewhere between both of those films. It will never surpass the grittiness of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" though.
So in the end, I really dug the style of the film. The surreal aspects really talked to me.…
A movie so erratic that one must go back and re-read the synopsis after watching the movie. It reminded me of a "Bill and Ted" movie on acid.
Existen películas que sobrepasan nuestro entendimiento. Para adentrarse en ellas, para comprender lo que ocultan, es necesario dejarse contagiar por su código secreto; no pretender desconectar el cerebro, abrocharse el cinturón y disfrutar —dinámica propia del blockbuster medio, demasiado ocupado en gustar como para inventar nada—, sino asumir que subvierten todas las reglas del juego en favor de crear su propia lógica narrativa. No es sólo el caso de «John Dies at the End», sino de toda la filmografía de Don Coscarelli en general.
«Phantasm», «Bubba Ho-Tep», ¿cómo podríamos definirlas? Ideas, locura contenida, distorsión de las premisas básicas de lo que conocemos como real. Por ejemplo, que el libro siempre es mejor que la película: la obra de Coscarelli supera…
Another film that I saw with little knowledge and I think I enjoyed it that but more because of that. It is a weird film and while it lives up to its name it is also a liar and yet it works really well and would recommend you give it a go.
Como casi todo lo de Coscarelli, un desmadre sin pies ni cabeza.
Pero, también como en el resto de sus films, entretenido hasta decir basta.
I will never look at soy sauce the same way again.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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