Wednesday, January 23, 2013

MINI REVIEW: John Dies At The End

John Dies At The End

Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes


December 27, 2012 (VOD)
January 25, 2013 (LIMITED)

Don Coscarelli

Magnet Releasing

1 hour 40 minutes



'John Dies At The End' is a hard film to talk about due to the fact that it is a very bizarre movie. The director of this film is named Don Coscarelli, who's most famous for directing two cult films named 'Phantasm' and 'Bubba Ho Tep.'  Having never seen those films, I was very intrigued by this film due to the fact that it looked bizarre but cool from the trailers.  After watching the film itself, I can surely say that that's exactly what the film is: bizzare but cool.  Not only that, but the story is clever, the acting is better than most indie fantasy films, and this entire film, like the drug in the film itself, called "Soy Sauce," is one hell of a fun trip.  With a title like 'John Dies At The End,' how could you pass this film up?

Not much else can be said about this film without giving away some of the strangest and most exhilarating moments.  The basic plot of the film is this: two friends get exposed to a special drug that teleports them to alternate universes and gives them an adventure and mission that they never expected to get in the first place.  The acting is solid, especially from the two newcomer leads and Paul Giamatti, who's always great in movies.  The story is strange and bizarre, but if your mind is in the right place then chances are that you might enjoy the film.  I can see this becoming a cult favorite if people decide to give it a chance.  If you are a fan of films like 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure,' Hellboy,' or 'Pineapple Express,' then this movie, despite it being a horror comedy, might be right up your alley.  'John Dies At The End,' as bizarre as it is, is a fun, gorey, and trippy time that will surely have you dazed and wanting to get in on the "drug" some more.

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