John Dies at the End (2012) Review
Weird, very weird! Just so weird! The story is mad and I like it, the visuals are impressive for such a small budget and the characters are really fun to watch. The whole story is really warped and crazy, it makes for fun watching if nothing else and I really can’t think of anything that is similar. Definitely a B movie to gain cult status and I would certainly recommend it to those who love a mind altering view of the world from a more than odd mind. This odd mind is courtesy of Jason Pargin aka David Wong. No spoilers in this review I promise and you can also rent the film online now, so go do that.
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.
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Story: 70% Acting: 65% Visuals: 75% Dialogue: 75%
Horror/Weird: 75% Style/Sound: 70% Characters: 65%
The story benefits from a healthy dose of imagination courtesy of a comic novel and the film’s director, you won’t see many films with quite as much mind altering realities as this one in 2013. The ideas presented are both really fun and make you think, it’s clearly madness but its fun to think about and that’s why I love films of this kind, their all a little different but they all make me think weird thoughts. The acting was pretty good, nothing amazing but you don’t come to see these films for that. The main two Dave and John are very entertaining and play the parts well with clear understanding to what their characters are and how they should react; average dead beats who are taken into a world they can’t hope to understand. The film also has some guest stars that are a lot fun because they get to play weird characters, Dr. Albert Marconi being my favourite guest. The films dialogue is extremely trippy and might require a good listen to really know what they say and what they mean. However if you are explaining mystical goings on then get a Jamaican to say it, it always sounds better.
The visuals are strong with this film, very strong. I am such a nerd, anyway the visuals are impressive and pull you into the trippy world they are trying to trap you in when watching. The film uses a good mix of practical and CGI effects, the monsters generally being practical and the more visually trippy being CGI. The horror in this film isn’t really much, nothing scary or too shocking. I found the comedy and weird factor far stronger in this film, clearly a direction the film makers decided to make. As for an example of this I would say the cartoon segment depicting the slaughter of people, on the other hand that could have been due to cost. The style of this film is to both cater to drugged out teens and fans of the weirder cinema experience. The sound is designed to match the story and works well for all scenes, especially the other worlds and the sounds of the monsters.
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The best reviews I found would be these “Give or take the titular disclosure, John Dies at the End is a thoroughly unpredictable horror-comedy — and an immensely entertaining one, too” Rob Nelson. It’s hard to recommend John Dies At The End because Coscarelli will absolutely challenge some brains, but personally, I like the Soy Sauce influenced insanity which had my mind spinning with glee” Matt Donato. “Coscarelli’s direction seems well-suited to the free-wheeling material, bringing a critically light touch to a story with apocalyptic stakes” William Goss. “It’s a mess, but its best moments are exhilarating, getting hopelessly lost in Pargin’s surreal, completely disorienting world” Nathan Rabin. My favourite scene has to be the totally strange twist ending with…well I will leave that for your first time watch.