John Dies at the End
MARCH 29 » 8:00p
EAST COAST PREMIERE
2012, USA, 110 min.
Director: Don Coscarelli Screenwriter: Don Coscarelli
Cast: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Clancy Brown, and Paul Giamatti
DIRECTOR DON COSCARELLI IN ATTENDANCE
Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 2012
Official Selection SXSW 2012
“John Dies At The End is the closest thing to this generation’s ‘Big Trouble in Little China’” –Jordan Hoffman, io9.com
John and Dave aren’t the kind of guys you’d expect to be tasked with saving the world from interdimensional demons. It’s not something they’re particularly qualified to be doing. But there was an incident. A series of incidents, I guess. A dead guy. Another dead guy. Some drugs. It’s kind of a long story. Now they can see things. Things that haunt minds.
If only John hadn’t taken that stuff that Robert the Rastafarian (his last name is Marley, of course) gave him at that party. They call the stuff “soy sauce,” though it doesn’t behave like any soy sauce you’ve ever had with your sushi. It can alter its viscosity. It can grow fucking spines. It can make you clairvoyant. It can make you remember things that haven’t happened yet.
Soon enough, John and Dave discover that the sauce isn’t just some kind of drug. “It be openin’ doors to other worlds, mon.” It reveals the awful secret behind the universe. Our duo races to save humanity, but when Dave starts ranting about the shadows, and the worms, and Korrok, who in the hell is going to believe him?
The novel by Cracked.com editor David Wong is brought to life on the screen by one of the few filmmakers who could actually pull it off. Legendary director Don Coscarelli—whose previous film, Bubba Ho-Tep, is already a cult classic and a shining example of what a horror-comedy hybrid should be—brings his trademark skill and demented imagination to Wong’s improbably outrageous book. John Dies at the End provides enough absurdist humor and genuine scares to satisfy fans of both genres. All hail Korrok.
– Kevin Monahan
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