John Dies at the End – USA, 2012 – reviews

John Dies

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John Dies at the End is a 2012 American dark comedy-horror film written and directed by Don Coscarelli (Phantasm; Bubba Ho-Tep), based upon the David Wong novel of the same name.

The film stars Chase Williamson and Rob Mayes, with Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Angus Scrimm, Daniel Roebuck and Doug Jones.

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A new street drug that sends its users across time and dimensions has one drawback: some people return as no longer human. Can two college dropouts save humankind from this silent, otherworldly invasion?


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Complex, bizarre yet never forgetting to be inclusive, John Dies At the End is a breath of fresh air, even though it’s not completely successful. It’s never less than entertaining. Often, it’s jaw-droppingly good. And the bottom line is that the film is fun. Sometimes, that’s all you need.

David Flint, MOVIES & MANIA


Other reviews:

“It’s not inconceivable that some viewers may be put off by the incessant quirkiness of it all, what with the abundance of impossible goings-on, and the fractured non-linear narrative leaping back and forth all over place. However, the whole enterprise is handled with such charm, it’s not hard not be seduced.” Ben Bussey, Brutal as Hell

“This isn’t a film for everyone (again, this seems to be a conscious decision;  Coscarelli doesn’t seem to have any interest in breaking box office records), and it might just be weird, confused, confusing, and scattershot enough to place the film in the “bad movie” category…” Scott Wampler, Collider


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“The film isn’t just solid, it isn’t just funny, dark, and outlandish… it’s completely brilliant and enlightening, and a film that everyone should see at least once in their life.” Gary Hindley, UK Horror Scene




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