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John Dies At The End (DVD)

Chase Williamson , Rob Mayes , Don Coscarelli    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti
  • Directors: Don Coscarelli
  • 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 (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GYF324G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,741 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Synopsis It's a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. On the street they call it Soy Sauce, and users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human.

Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can't.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly sure what it is, but I like it 4 Dec 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars JUST THE SIDE EFFECTS 28 April 2013
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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‘John Dies at the End.’ Is that a ‘spoiler?’ I don’t know. I guess mentioning whether ‘John’ (who is one of the two leads, along with ‘Dave’) does or doesn’t pop his clogs in the final act would really be the spoiler. Anyway, I digress... with a title like that I knew I was in for a weird one. And boy was I right.

I don’t think I’ve been so confused by a film since Donnie Darko. That took me a few watches to truly ‘get’ and I think I may have to give John Dies at the End a couple more goes before I can actually say (with any certainty) exactly what I watched. It’s about a couple of guys – John and Dave – who take drugs which (sometimes) take them to another world and – always – give them mild superpowers. On top of that, that other dimension I mentioned, if filled with weirdos who want to take over our world. Guess John and Dave have their work cut out trying to save our world.

About halfway through the film I kind of gave up trying to understand it totally and just went along for the ride. It certainly has a ‘feel’ of its own and I found it fun to just bask in the overall weirdness of its ambience. If you’re into the odd (think Lynch/Cronenberg) then you should feel quite at home here. Although many people have said that it’s probably a film for those of you who enjoy ‘recreational drugs.’ In fact... I can just picture many students all over the world all gathering around in a smoky lounge to watch – and enjoy – this.

You may have already guessed by now, but it’s pretty weird. If you’re wondering whether you’ll like it, I should point out that there are flying moustaches who attack people in this film. Yes, it’s that bizarre. So, if you think you can sit through over an hour and a half of that, then you might like to give it a go.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This film is nuts 24 April 2014
By Richard
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Smoke something first 12 May 2013
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I am not on drugs or suffer from LSD flashbacks
So I hated it.
I was very dissapointed, having looked forward to the movie, as I was hoping for a positive surprise.
There was some great potential for this film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by UK Trolley
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird,interesting and confusing
There is no way to describe this film and if I tried my brain would explode. Watch this film and you'll have a million questions that lead to a million more. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gdkool
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware of the Soy Sauce!
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... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robyn K
5.0 out of 5 stars I've never read the book, but still thoroughly enjoyed it
I had no problems following the plot. The film is definitely weird, very tongue in cheek. I thoroughly enjoyed the style and humour.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter Rubbish
Not quite sure why I bought this, the premise of the film appealed I think, but it was almost complete gibberish and seemed poorly put together. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mark Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars Wiered and definitely not wonderful
I really wanted to like this movie, I wanted to give it a fair chance and just engage with the story, but sadly, without even managing to get much further through than about half... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Darren Robinson
2.0 out of 5 stars not that great!
it was weird and occassionally funny, but wasnt really that good, probably not worth watching try and find something else, i only carried on watching till the end as i kinda have... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Phil Dobson
4.0 out of 5 stars It's all about the sauce
Within the first fifteen minutes, you will see a meat-demon (as in, made out of cuts of meat) blasted apart by a television psychic via a cell phone. Read more
Published 5 months ago by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool film
It's not fair to compare the film to the book, but... I ended up doing it anyway throughout the film. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jorge Andre Freire
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie
Personally I loved the movie and thought it was great even though it was missing things from the book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Charlie Whitworth
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