Sunday, January 25, 2015

It Came From Netflix:John Dies At The End (2012)

By Eric Polk-
If you've read a lot of my posts over the years, you know I almost always miss the boat when it comes to talked-about movies. I'd seen so many of my fellow horror lovers rave about this nutty, hilarious film upon its initial release. Finally, it's my turn to give this a view.

Loosely based on the novel by David Wong and directed by legendary Don Coscarelli, the story revolves mainly around two college dropouts. One, David, tells his story of psychic powers to reporter Arnie Blondestone(played by the awesome Paul Giamatti).It comes to find out David and his friend John(you know, the one who dies at the end?) are both under the influence of a drug called Soy Sauce, giving them the ability to see a non-linear perception of time and perception of alternate dimensions. If only they flew around in a blue police box.

The story continues with them, friend Amy and dog Bark Lee stepping into an alt universe where they must confront and destroy an organic computer known as Korror so as not for it to travel into their dimension. This was one of the zanier films I've seen in recent years. Some of the drug scenes were a bit tedious but the monsters, the scene where Bark Lee talks(you don't chose the soy sauce, the soy sauce chooses you), the lackadaisical attitudes John and Dave have to saving the world, it all works for me. I'm told the novel is very different and much better than the movie which means I must read and review this down the road. A top ten nominee, for sure.


sydney said...

Hi Eric! I've never heard of this movie or the book until I read this blog post but now I am more than tempted to give it a watch! The title is similar to a short film I saw on Youtube called "He dies at the end" which is about a man working late at night when he receives a terrifying interactive e-mail on his computer. That's all I'll tell you since I don't want to spoil it in case you want to see it, but I do recommend it if you like horror shorts.

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