VOD Recommendation: A Surreal Dark Comedy-Horror Indie About Drugs, Other Dimensions and Meat Monsters on Demand
12.27.12 by BJSprecher
"Frank found out the hard way that the dark things lurking in the night don’t haunt old houses...they haunt minds."
Pop some "soy sauce" and have a truly out-of-body experience as you journey across space and time with a pair of slacker heroes who might just be the salvation of the human race.
The Flick: John Dies at the End
The Skinny: Cult indie horror filmmaker Don Coscarelli (Phantasm, Bubba Ho-Tep) wrote and directed this adaptation of David Wong's (real name Jason Pargin) book of the same name. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2012 to mixed reviews, though most of Coscarelli's movies are better received by the moviegoing public than by critics (aggregate review site RottenTomatoes lists an average approval rating by critics of only 56%, while an audience
approval rating of 90%).
The Players: Newcomer Chase Williamson and Rob Mayes (Acceptance) star as David and John, a pair of college dropouts who discover that the latest designer drug, "soy sauce," offers users an epic trip across time and even into other dimensions, but that it also serves as a means by which an alien menace can invade the earth. What started as recreational bliss soon turns into a terrifying nightmare, and it's left up to two guys who can barely hold down jobs to save the human race. Paul Giamatti, Doug Jones, Clancy Brown and Glynn Turman also star.
John Dies at the End | Don Coscarelli | Chase Williamson | Rob Mayes | Movie Trailer | Review