Review: John Dies at the End / Cert: 15 / Director: Don Coscarelli / Screenplay: Don Coscarelli / Starring: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Doug Jones / Release Date: February 17th
John Dies at the End is one of those films where you really don’t know where to start when it comes to describing it. Working from David Wong’s novel, Don Coscarelli (the Phantasm series, Bubba Ho-Tep) looks to take his audience on a truly mind-bending trip.
At the centre of John is a new street drug called ‘soy sauce.’ Looking remarkably like the Venom symbiote from the Spider-Man world, soy sauce seemingly kills most people who take it. Luckily for Dave (Williamson) and the titular John (Mayes), they manage to survive dabbling with soy sauce, although the bizarre side-effects of the drug give them the ability to see into the future and to fight ancient paranormal evil.
The movie opens with a fantastically tongue-in-cheek prelude of sorts, involving Dave, an axe, and a decapitation. From here we’re transported to the present day, as Dave is interviewed in a Chinese restaurant by Paul Giamatti’s writer. We then learn, via the joys of flashbacks, Dave’s journey and the frankly bonkers happenings of his and John’s adventures.
Pulling inspiration from the likes of Bill & Ted, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, Monty Python and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, John is a bizarre, fun and quirky movie…
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