Coscarelli adapts David Wong's bizarre novel and winds up making his best work to date. A total 'wtf' flick that echoes the work of Cronenberg and Lynch yet definately has its own flavour....soy sauce. Plotting near impossible to describe one must surrender themselves to the experience. Lovecraft would have loved this. Performances quite good for the genre with Giamatti raising the pedigree. One of the year's best.
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.
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.