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…
A prime example of a movie's ambition far outpacing its means. This was a lot of fun, with a breakneck "try and keep up" plot. But the movie's SyFy grade special effects, and flat direction hold it back from being truly special. But they sure did what they could with the tiny budget they had.
.............what the fuck did I just watch?.....no, really, what the fuck did I just watch!?
I.....what was this movie!? Was it a comedy? Was it a horror movie? Was it a stature? Was it meant to be straight? Was it based on something!? What was this movie's main goal!? WHY DOES IT EXIST!?
WHAT IS THE MEANING BEHIND ANY OF WHAT IT HAS TO SAY AND SHOW!? Half of the time a good chunk of things happen at complete random because....they just can! It feels almost like what would happen if the guys from "Smosh" tried to make a horror movie.....wether that's a complement or not is something that I'm still questioning!
Just.......I honestly highly recommend giving this movie a watch just, once, just so you can properly see how fucking batshit insane it is!
This film could have been so much better! I am genuinely sad to see that they didn't try to put more passion and thought into this film. I haven't read the book that it is based on but the film does make me want to read it, and it's not because the film is amazing i want to live through it again but it's because it seems like they glossed over a lot of really cool details that could be really fun to look further into.
The story and premise is so cool, it takes old ideas from films and science fiction and just mashes it all up brilliantly with unexpected twists and funny moments. I feel like if this…
Hey kids if you ever do hallucinogenic drugs and a door handle turns into a penis, try opening it with your mouth. That way it will be much easier to grip and you won't have so much trouble opening it. If you fight it you run the risk of tossing yourself into a BAD trip. Trust me you don't want to go down that rabbit hole of the self induced bad trip. John Dies at the End is a lot like the self induced bad trip though. It's fast paced, nothing makes much sense, has the production qauilty of a SyFy original, you just want it to end, and Paul Giamatti is there. Ok that last one might just be me.
Put this on and only could only get through 40 minutes. I could tell after 15 minutes this wasn't going to be good. This movie just felt too silly.
I've been putting off watching this for a while and now I know that my intuition was right, just not my cup of tea.
Wtf did i just watch?
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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