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John Dies at the End by Don Coscarelli

August 20, 2013


Soy Sauce is the drug of the day, a Bob Marley lookalike invented it, Soy Sauce makes you drift across dimensions and time, it opens a door to another world, alas these guys from another dimension are quite dangerous, they want to conquer our world – well, the dimension of our world inhabited by us – John (Rob Mayes) is one of the four heroes (wait! five heroes, don’t forget the dog) who are going to save our species (and the canine species too). Will he die at the end? Let’s say death is not the end.


Does the plot summary sound crazy? It sure does but it doesn’t matter since John Dies at the End is a jamboree of scary movies thematic elements, Coscarelli is not trying to redefine the genre in a peculiar way – good recent examples of this are The Cabin in the Woods by Drew Goddard or Mama by Andrés Muschietti – he has created a cinematic reverie recycling and renovating clichés from the horror and SF universe. Coscarelli – the author of the famed and feared Phantasm films – is well aware of the possibilities of the horror genre but this time he has decided to exploit their cinematic potential for the sake of its cinematic value and regardless of the plot, the result is a wild ride that will amuse you beyond belief.

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