John Dies at the End Teaser Trailer Starring Paul Giamatti
09.27.11 by Ryan
Don't be fooled by our rather pedestrian image of actor Paul Giamatti attached to this article, the comedy-horror-thriller John Dies at the End is not a simple story.
Ostensibly about two slackers who begin to understand the "secret behind the universe" after trying a drug called Soy Sauce, the trailer, which just premiered at Austin's Fantastic Fest, is filled with giant bugs, men in strange masks, a meat monster, lots and lots of guns and Giamatti frequently popping up trying to make sense of it all. The movie's official synopsis does a better job than the trailer itself.
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. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can't.
John Dies at the End was based on the novel of the same name written by Cracked writer and editor David Wong, the pseudonym for Jason Pargin. The novel began as a webserial before eventually being compiled into one volume, and, as Wong revealed on Cracked.com, the story began while trying to kill time at work.
A few years ago, while I was working in a cubicle at an insurance company, I decided that putting all of what I was seeing in my head into words would alleviate the disease by spreading it to other people (it was only much later that someone sat me down and told me that's not how diseases work). The result was a supposed autobiographical story about the time me and my friend John took drugs and were chased by monsters. It was a tale that required 150,000 words to tell and 36 of them were "boner." I called it John Dies at the End because I realized most people were busy and would want to know the most relevant facts right away.
The movie adaptation was written and directed by Don Coscarelli, the cult moviemaker behind the Phantasm movies as well as 2002's Bubba Ho-Tep, which starred Bruce Campbell as Elvis Presley, who teams with JFK (Ossie Davis) to fights off an ancient mummy that's stalking a nursing home.
John Dies at the End currently has no release date, but should be released in 2012. To see more, AICN released a few photos last week, but, like the Giamatti still above, the photos don't exactly show anything other than costars Doug Jones (Hellboy) and Clancy Brown (Cowboys and Aliens).