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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.
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I stopped taking notes when the woman disintegrated into a ball of writhing snakes.
Despite its astronomical body count, John Dies at the End never takes itself too seriously, and neither should you.
Director Don Coscarelli isn't especially smooth or coherent, and he leans on weird for weird's sake.
[It] eventually finds its own rhythm and meaningful chaos.
Nobody cares about John.
Salvador Dali meets George Romero. Say hello.
A hint at what you're in for: mustaches peeling off of faces & flying around, coffee mugs that shoot bullets that turn into flies...after all that happens, THEN it gets weird.
The stakes don't seem all that high, despite claims of world-ending consequences. If what you want is schlocky fun, then John Dies at the End should deliver. If you want something more, then you may want to look elsewhere afterwards.
This is a film for the young and the young at heart. And those who like their philosophy laden with a heavy dose of paranoia and oddity.
This is a great jumping-off point if you've never been exposed to Don Coscarelli, one of the less-seen indie horror filmmakers out there. If "JDATE" serves as the gateway for new fans, then the movie will be twice the success it already is.
Jump in, leave you sense of logic at the door, sit back and enjoy the trip.
Rare is the flick that wedges this many genres into one frame, and so well.
Fun, horror-comedy-B-movie with above-average plot that keeps you on your toes!
The complete mess of a plot tries at every cost to be a smart-ass comedy filled with an offbeat humor that, apart from a very few inspired moments, is simply embarrassing - as we can see, for instance, from an awful aracnicide joke in the movie's ridiculous last hour.
This is a very hard film to describe to anyone, but it's beloved by the internet right now, and I could not be happier. Adapted from a graphic novel of the same name, this amazing film defies logic, death, supernatural elements, and life in general, to bring a really rare and interesting story about two friends directly thrown into the darkness of the world. The main problem in the film is that the universe that has been created by the graphic novel isn't pared down enough to make a film. The entire scope is miniscule compared to what happens, and there are more unexplained questions left behind than anything else. We're not sure exactly what the other side is, how ghosts communicate with us, or what really happens to John (Mayes) and Dave (Williamson). On its own its definitely a psychedelic and feral kind of film, with its sharpened fangs, but there are just too many questions left unanswered and not enough juice to make it longer, so it suffers extensively for these faux pas.
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