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.
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The rare modern film that deserves the cult status it's striving for. A nice mix of old school druggy paranoia sci fi in the vein of Burroughs and Phillip K Dick that is charming if you are willing to go along with it. Clancy Brown's casting is spot on in light of his previous role on CARNIVALE.
Don Coscarelli brings a shot of visual herion to this alter dimensional horror flick! Though I didn't buy or liked some everything about it, I still was very involved in where the movie was going and it was nice to see originality thrown in for a genre masher like one. Really fuckng enjoyed it!
I resisted it at first because of the title. When I saw it was from the same guy who did Phantasm, I was stoked, and it did not disappoint. It was even more amazing that Paul Giamatti kept himself under control.
If one accepts that the horror genre tends to run on direct metaphors, then John Dies at the End can be considered to have a boatload's worth of effective ones: addiction issues, living in a 21st century oversaturated with information, the effects of organized religion, etc. My favorite message in the film though, is probably the one that makes it a horror movie pet owners will love: Your dog is always right.
The best compliment I can give this movie is that it is unique, like it or hate it you can't argue that it's not one of a kind. The biggest downfall is the atrocious cgi towards the end, which is a shame because the practical effects were done quite well.
As surreal as Phantasm but much funnier, unhinged and overcomplicated like Hitoshi Matsumoto ans Richard Kelly, but just as equally in touch with its sense of humor and the absurd. Two friends take a sentient drug that allows them to travel through time and perceive multiple dimensions. Ghosts, meat zombies, and strange creatures abound. The definitive midnight movie of the year. American indies can be fun again.