While the title of the movie John Dies at the End has a spoiler title don’t be fooled since there is still lots of freaky fun with lots of scares and silliness with A-list actor Paul Giamanti playing a reporter trying to figure out exactly what is going on.
Two stellar performances in the movie are turned in by the actor Rob Mayes who plays the part of John who we know is doomed from the start and John’s friend Dave played by actor Chase Williamson whose deadpan expressions while going up against paranormal foes are masterfully executed.
The two college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs try to stop an oncoming horror in time to save humanity. It is the silent invasion of what is called Soy Sauce on the street that gives an out-of-body experience with each hit causing its users to move into different dimensions and drift across time.
When John dies he keeps communicating from another dimension to tell his friend Dave about the drug and the extra-dimensional experiences from beyond. Dave gets a reporter involved who while investigating what he is being told, ends up getting scared to death.
This story was willfully and weirdly written on purpose since it is meant to be seen as a comic fantasy with lots of silliness making this film destined to be a cult movie classic. For that reason it is important to view this film as it was intended as a kind of “B” rated horror movie. It is the combination of demonic creatures and ultra-violence with interesting musings that captivates the viewers so much they will want to watch this movie over and over again.
The movie is being released in theaters nationwide this weekend and available on cable’s On Demand. The film is based on the cult internet novel that was originally serialized on the internet and written under the pseudonym David Wong.
Considered to be a cult director, Don Coscarelli directed this movie and is also known for other films such as, The Beastmaster, Phantasm and Bubba Ho-Tep. The film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim.
A well-made film under the watchful eye of Coscarelli was a difficult task for the director who adapted the cult classic novel into what is a gut-bustingly funny movie. For that Coscarelli has proven he deserves respect and appreciation for a job well done as well as the actors in this film who make it very worthwhile at the box office.
Video – Watch the John Dies at the End official trailer.