MIFF 2013 – John Dies at the End (2012)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1783732/

Director: Don Coscarelli
Starring: Bark Lee, Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman, Doug Jones, Daniel Roebuck, Jonny Weston, Jimmy Wong, Tai Bennett

I had been looking forward to this as I had heard a lot about it from the Cracked website that David Wong writes for.

The story follows David Wong (Chase Williamson) and John (Rob Mayes) who happen upon a Jamaican at a party (Tai Bennett) who introduces them to a strange drug known as “soy sauce” that is meant to open the portal across dimensions. David does not take it and goes home early, only to be awakened by a call from John starting the whole adventure.

Bark Lee ends up joining them on the quest after ending up in David’s car and the story is told in a non-linear fashion with David recounting the events to journalist Arnie Blondestone (Paul Giamatti) several years later.

I enjoyed this movie but it does feel like there should have been more to the story, they even set it up with a scene during the credits that the two only save worlds if the people are not boring or if they feel like it. I do want to read the book and see how different it was the to the movie also.

Great special effects and settings make this more of a fantasy movie than a straight horror movie which I thought it would be. The creature design was quite interesting including the meat monster at the start and vast vat of thinking meat that was one of the major adversaries.

Bark Lee the dog was my favourite character, especially the part where he drives the car through the wall. Give that dog an Oscar! Even an Oscar Meier wiener would be great as he wouldn’t know the difference as he is a dog.

Hopefully this movie does well on general release and DVD sales as I do want to see more of the story with the same characters.

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