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John Dies At The End [DVD]

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  • Actors: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman
  • Directors: Don Coscarelli
  • Producers: Don Coscarelli, Brad Baruh, Andy Meyers, Roman Perez
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eureka
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Feb. 2014
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GYF324G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,646 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Two college dropouts find themselves as humanity's last hope in this indie comedy horror from director Don Coscarelli. When a new drug named 'Soy Sauce' hits the streets, its effects are unlike any that have appeared before. Allowing the user to travel across time and unknown dimensions, its properties have one major drawback - the user may suffer a horrifying physical metamorphosis. As the drug's popularity grows and strange otherwordly beings begin to make an unwelcome appearance, it falls to slacker buddies John (Rob Mayes) and David (Chase Williamson), both early abusers of the drug, to try and stem the tide and ultimately save the day.

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rob Simpson on 4 Dec. 2013
Format: DVD
Not exactly sure what John who dies at the End is, but I like it. With its invention and flagrant disregard for coherent narrative, John... is both an interesting 'what if' and a wholly effective horror comedy. Coscarelli's singular voice in horror is the only one who could bring this to life, whether it's the man made out of meat, the door that is 'impossible to open', or some of the more far out stuff of the third act. The film is full of little ideas and touches that reward as both an insane spectacle and as an element that will bring different views to light on multiple rewatches. Couldn't be less accessible if it tried, but anyone at home with Don Coscarelli's flair will settle down in no time. The biggest problem for me was that it simply wasn't enough, the unsuccessful TV pilot analogy feels apt. I want more. Here's hoping the the other book in the series (This Book Is Full Of Spiders: Seriously Dude Dont Touch It) gets adapted by Coscarelli too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Morton TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 April 2014
Format: DVD
Good grief where do I start with this one. I think this might be what would happen if David Lynch made a Bill and Ted film.

A couple of young fellas (John and David) take a new bizarre drug called Soy Sauce and are gifted/cursed with various strange powers. These include telepathy, time travel and resurrection of the dead. Handy stuff to have really as our heroes are thrown into a convoluted plot where they are tasked with saving the world from a possibly alien species from another dimension. I think. It's a difficult film to summarise as its so bloody bonkers.

The main characters drift through the film from one crazy scenario to the next encountering all manner of other bizarre characters. There are so many ideas being thrown in and various genres are covered. Some of it works and frankly some of it doesn't, some of it makes no sense at all. But for all that its still oddly compelling and entertaining, the sheer invention on display kept me hooked. There's plenty of humour and its certainly not boring, worth a look if you fancy something a bit different.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robyn K on 16 April 2014
Format: DVD
This overlooked horror parody has a bit of a pedigree to it. “Phantasm” famed cult horror film director Don Coscarelli not only directed this film but he wrote the screen play.

John dies at the end started off as a webserial by David Wong (real name Jason Pargin) back in 2001 and grew and evolved since, to it is now current form of a novel, sequel and film.

When I saw the film, I had previously read the book, already I was at an advantage. I loved the book. I thought it was witty, camp and a load of fun. The themes seemed to be a mixture of Gen-X and Lovecraftian references thrown in. Not to mention that Molly, the dog, often steals the show.

Soy sauce is for John and David as Spice was to the world of Dune and the root of most of their problems. Soy sauce is what enlightens them and what ultimately curses them; mainly because it is pure evil.

This is a surreal adventure with time spent in other universe and dimensions. It is a thinking film, like so many of Terry Gilliam’s films. It takes time to process all the information and scenarios. You may have to watch it more than once to fully appreciate it.

Verdict: The book is still better than the film and I suggest you read the book first to really get what is lacking from the film. If you choose to just jump right into the film- Keep an open mind. There is a lot of Cthulu mythos and 80′s American horror film reference that the average viewer probably won’t get. It is still a very humourous film with plenty of gags and insane situations, so for that I give it 3 of 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 28 April 2013
Format: DVD
The best way to describe this film is "Phantasm" on drugs. Dave (Chase Williamson) and John (Rob Mayes) are friends who are attempting to save the universe, or at least our planet. They have been chosen to do so by the drug "Soy Sauce" which gives them remarkable insight that is more like a bad acid trip.

The film is quirky and humorous, but not a side splitter. The dialouge is cute and clever for most of the film, but to the point of ad nauseam.

For those who like the "Scott Pilgrim..." quick style, check it out.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, no sex. Nudity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason Robertson on 8 Sept. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Coscarelli films often have a subtext, but this one is just fun. It is definitely unconventional, but quirky and enjoyable. If you are uncomfortable with the kind of narrative structure and shifts you find in South Korean films (for example) and prefer simple conventional narratives, this may not be for you. But if you like wry and surreal humour and fantasy, this is well worth a watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M Sockel on 12 May 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Ummm... What did I just watch?

When this was good, it was very good. But it wasn't... I got confused.

Ok, that bad points - the script is not in any way tight, and there were not only a number of scenes that were wholly redundant, but also there were several plot holes - "we can't cross to your dimension even though we have this Super Megamind... but these tiny insects can for no other reason than we say they can.... wait, why doesn't Super Megamind just absorb the insects?".

The good points, I liked the premise; "soy sauce" was really good, and the scene where the door handle turns into a penis was very funny. The whole setup with the phone was pure genius, and when Dave started talking into the hot dog I cracked up. If you can get past the stoner-esque set up and accept some general weirdness, then this is a pretty ok film.

One question thought; why is the film called "John Dies At The End"?
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