John Dies at the End | Could this mind-bending inter-dimension comedy horror sci-fi be any wackier?
From Eureka! Entertainment comes the home video release of John Dies at the End, the freak-tastic new film from Don Coscarelli, director of Bubba HoTep and Phantasm, based on the cult 2007 novel by David Wong.
A mysterious new drug Soy Sauce promises users an out of body experience like no other as they drift across time and experience other dimensions. When slacker friends John (Rob Mayes) and David (Chase Williamson) take the black gooey substance, they learn that the Earth is in danger of being taken over by a sentient organic computer, giant spiders and demonic minions. Enlisting the help of amputee Amy (Fabianne Therese), her dog Bark Lee and fellow stoner Fred Chu (Jimmy Wong), the duo join forces with a TV infomercial psychic (Clancy Brown) and an inter-dimensional traveller (Doug Jones) to take down the one-eyed tentacled invader.
ITS OUT THERE! IT’S CRAZY! ITS SCI-FI! ITS HORROR!
OK! So when was the last time a horror movie really caught you by surprise and made you want to watch it all over again as soon as it ended? Well, John Dies at the End does it for me and is probably the most entertaining horror hybrid since 2012’s Cabin in the Woods spun me for six.
Although I have not read the novel it’s based on, I think director Don Coscarelli has done a cracking job at keeping in all the elements which fans of the cult book loved to create an über-cool cinematic thrill ride. Hugely imaginative in a head-spinning way, this bastard child of William S Burroughs and HP Lovecraft by way of Coscarelli’s own Phantasm-verse, Scooby Doo and yes, even stoners Bill & Ted, features some really cool creatures (loved the meat monster and the Tingler-styled Naked Lunch leech), and lashings of gore (that’s more Return of the Living Dead than Day of the Dead).
It’s fast-paced, action-packed, super creative (check out the penis door handle and the ghost knob) and laugh out loud hilarious. Plus, the two leads make a great good-looking double act (they could certainly give Supernatural’s Sam and Dean Winchester a run for their money in the buddy banter stakes). Phantasm’s Angus Scrimm‘s cameo as a creepy priest is priceless and Paul Giamatti as the skeptical journalist whom David relates his crazy story to is a scream.
John Dies at the End is a geeky cult film of the highest order that should be watched, discussed and dissected at length for many years to come. Ooh! The spider creature…
• Feature length commentary with cast and crew
• Deleted Scenes
• Getting Sauced: The Making of John Dies at the End
• Creature Corps: The Effects of Soy Sauce
• Casting Sessions
• Fangoria Interview with Paul Giamatti
Posted on February 15, 2014, in Cult classic, Horror, Must See, Must See, Must-See, Sci-Fi and tagged Angus Scrimm, Chase Williamson, Comedy, Don Coscarelli, Horror, John Dies at the End, Must See, Paul Giamatti, Rob Mayes, Sci-Fi. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.