REVIEWS: Horror & SyFy — March 27, 2013 at 11:19 pm

REVIEW: John Dies at the End (2012)


Two college dropouts, Dave (Chase Williamson) and John (Rob Mayes) have an important mission on their hands – not to let alien beings from another world to invade Earth.

It all started at a concert, where a Jamaican guy started giving out a new drug, called “sauce”, that has one major side effect: it sends drug users across time and dimensions, and some of them return as no longer human.

Thus, Dave and John have to battle all kinds of monsters, until they realize what kind of threat they really stand up against…

Director Don Coscarelli has this gift of making films not so often, and yet when he does – they’re just plain cool. “John Dies at the End” is another such example.

Everyone probably remember Coscarelli’s last full feature film of 2002 called “Bubba Ho-Tep” with Bruce Campbell and Ozzie Davis. Well, if you liked that one, you’ll probably love “John Dies at the End”.

The story of people taking drugs which “send them to other dimensions” allows Coscarelli shock users with truly bizarre and out-of-nowhere scenes that have to be seen to be believed.

“John Dies at the End” reminds of “Naked Lunch” and “Crossroads”, and then takes a few more steps. The film manages to grab you by the first minute, and never lets go until the very end.

Coscarelli doesn’t take it all seriously, just like with “Bubba Ho-Tep”. Elvis and JFK fighting a mummy? College dropouts trying to prevent aliens from invading the Earth? Coscarelli is great because of his ability to make a great film out of such cheesy ideas.

“John Dies at the End” features interesting parts from Doug Jones and Clancy Brown, as well as a small part from legendary Angus Scrimm from Coscarelli’s classic “Phantasm”. Makes one wonder what kind of “drugs” is Scrimm on – the guy’s still around at his age!

“John Dies at the End” stands out due to a funny, entertaining sci-fi story, cool special effects (ever saw a door handle turn into a penis?), and solid acting from pretty much every cast member.

The film doesn’t drag a bit, and is highly recommended for sci-fi fans, and especially to fans of Don Coscarelli.



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