John Dies at the End (2012) is an American dark comedy fantasy science fiction thriller horror movie that was made in Lomita, California, USA. Director and co-writer Don Coscarelli (Phantasm (1979), Bubba Ho-Tep (2002), The Beastmaster (1982)) made me think this movie was not something I wanted to see within the first few minutes. I am so happy I stuck through it because I was treated to a wonderfully made movie by an artistic director. John Dies at the End contains sexual content, nudity, time travel, violence, lots of decapitated bodies, twists, bad language, exploding monsters, lots of laughters and a lot of surprises.
David “Dave” Wong (Chase Williamson - Sparks (2013), Mall Madness (2010), The Guest (2014)) wonders if the axe he uses to cut a zombie’s head off is the very same axe that had it’s handles, and head replaced. Dave visits a restaurant to meet with reporter Arnie Blondestone (Paul Giamatti - Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Illusionist (2006), Sideways (2004)) to tell him his story of having psychic powers. Dave tells Arnie the story of how him and his friend John Cheese (Rob Mayes - Ice Castles (2010), The American Mall (2008), Enough Said (2013)) helped a woman that was tormented by her boyfriend who is dead. He then goes on to tell Arnie how the female explodes into several snakes and then forms into a monster that is made of frozen meat. Arnie was weirded out and did not believe Dave. Dave tells him about how the monster wanted to fight with infomercial physic Dr. Albert Marconi (Clancy Brown - Highlander (1986), Starship Troopers (1997), The Shawshank Redemption (1994)) because Albert destroyed him over the phone. Dave saw that Arnie did not believe him, and he then decided to tell Arnie about the last dream that Arnie had. The movie expands from here, but you will have to watch the movie to see where it goes because there are no spoilers here.
This movie was a treat, and I am looking forward to seeing more movies from Don Coscarelli. He is an amazing, quirky director. Warning - if you are going to see this movie then please have an open mind and do not take it too seriously or else you will not enjoy it - it is a dark comedy so let loose and enjoy. The special effects were good; actors did a phenomenal job with their parts and the background scenes were awesome.
About John Dies at the End (2012)
Starring: Doug Jones, Daniel Roebuck, Angus Scrimm, Kevin Michael Richardson, Clancy Brown, David Hill, Paul Giamatti, Brett Wagner, Glynn Turman, Jonny Weston, Fabianne Therese, Kim Robert Koscki, Bob Ivy, Aidan Kassel, Ethan Erickson, D.T. Carney, Jimmy Wong, Chuck Williams, Steve Crest, Pat McNeely, Kevin Starai, Bark Lee, Timothy E. Goodwin, Helena Mehalis, Andrew Ritter, Maria Mehalis, Nathan Johnson, Felix Jerry Droz, David Hartman, Cesare Gagliardoni
Director: Don Coscarelli
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