Friday, 4 January 2013
John Dies At The End (2013)
The story revolves around 2 slackers, David and John, particularly David. It deals with the effects of a drug called ''soy sauce'' that not only gives its users heightened senses and psychic abilities, but it also allows them to travel dimensions. However, when the doors to these dimensions are opened it means things can come into our world. It turns into a hallucinogenic, surreal, hilarious nightmarish mind warp as Dave and John try to save the world from nasty creatures.
The creatures in this movie are fantastic and original (a meat monster for instance). It's very old school but with it being a breath of fresh air. Coscarelli films have always made great use of set-ups and looked rather awesome despite always being low budget. He's a very talented director that won't ever get the credit he deserves beyond his loyal fan base. The gore is well done albeit very cheesy looking but it's not supposed to be serious and it adds to the films charm. All of the actors as I said are fantastic. Perfect casting choices and a nice cameo from the Tall Man, Angus Schrimm.
This had the same effect that seeing movies like Evil Dead, Braindead, Bubba Ho-Tep, Idle Hands and other surreal, off beat masterpieces had the first time I watched them. Most of those directors have went on to do blockbusters now and probably won't ever return to their roots (not that I don't like their blockbusters). It's just nice to see Coscarelli still around to produce the magic. Cinema is a magical thing, but Coscarelli is a more masterful wizard than most.