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Some will find the darkly funny, genre-bending incoherence of John Dies at the End charming; some will feel its zany antics and gore lead to an unsatisfying payoff. Read critic reviews

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A new drug promises out-of-body experiences, but users are coming back changed forever, and an otherworldly invasion of Earth is underway.

Cast & Crew

Clancy Brown
Dr. Albert Marconi
Glynn Turman
Detective Lawrence 'Morgan Freeman' Appleton
Doug Jones
Roger North
Tai Bennett
Robert Marley
Jonny Weston
Justin White
Jimmy Wong
Fred Chu
Don Coscarelli
Screenwriter
Paul Giamatti
Executive Producer
Daniel Carey
Executive Producer
Dac Coscarelli
Executive Producer
Mike Gioulakis
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Donald Milne
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Brian Tyler
Original Music
Todd Jeffery
Production Design
Patrick W. Muller
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Dwayne Burgess
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Shelley Kay
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Critic Reviews for John Dies at the End

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  • The saving grace of John Dies at the End is undoubtedly its manic storytelling: the energy and pacing of scenes give the movie the impression of being told on the spot (which is of course what the framing device intends).

    June 28, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Gonzo freakiness in such doses that cult status is practically ensured.

    March 17, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • I stopped taking notes when the woman disintegrated into a ball of writhing snakes.

    March 15, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Despite its astronomical body count, John Dies at the End never takes itself too seriously, and neither should you.

    March 14, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Director Don Coscarelli isn't especially smooth or coherent, and he leans on weird for weird's sake.

    March 8, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • A confusing plot to begin with, the adaptation of the novel is a certified mess, attempting to provide blow-by-blow illustrations of scenes from the source book, and lifting most of the narration and dialogue verbatim.

    February 22, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for John Dies at the End

  • Aug 27, 2017
    Fun, horror-comedy-B-movie with above-average plot that keeps you on your toes!
    Letitia L Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2016
    Hands down one of the worst films I've ever seen.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2015
    Remember how you ignored Donny Darko, and the Evil Dead (The Big Lebowski too) movies until they became cult classics? Well, it's time to step up your game and get on board with a film before it has it's perpetual booth at comic con. Original, hilarious, trippy, thought provoking and well done.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Oct 03, 2015
    John Dies at the End is one of those delightfully weird movies. Yes, it lacks here and there in various aspects (e.g. plot) but none of that detracts from the fun. While I found it to be a notch below classics such as Repo Man, still it is undeniably a good time.
    Robert B Super Reviewer

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