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John Dies at the End (2012)

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A new street drug that sends its users across time and dimensions has one drawback: some people return no longer human. Can two college drop-outs save humanity from this silent, otherworldly invasion?

Director:

Don Coscarelli

Writers:

Don Coscarelli (written for the screen by), David Wong (based on the story by)
2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chase Williamson ... Dave
Rob Mayes ... John
Paul Giamatti ... Arnie Blondestone
Clancy Brown ... Dr. Albert Marconi
Glynn Turman ... Detective
Doug Jones ... Roger North
Daniel Roebuck ... Largeman
Fabianne Therese ... Amy
Jonny Weston ... Justin White
Jimmy Wong ... Fred Chu
Tai Bennett ... Robert Marley
Allison Weissman Allison Weissman ... Shelly
Ethan Erickson ... Sergeant McElroy
Kevin Michael Richardson ... Korrok (voice)
Riley Rose Critchlow ... Girl with Rastafarian
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Storyline

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. Written by David Wong

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Just so you know...they're sorry for anything that's about to happen.

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence and gore, nudity, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dave's Story See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,467, 27 January 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$141,307, 7 April 2013
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The uniforms worn by the two members of the Human Liberation Army were not made for this film. They originally appeared as Thermian outfits in the film Galaxy Quest (1999). See more »

Goofs

When Dave pours gasoline on the bloodstained couch in Robert Marley's trailer, in the next shot there is no blood on the couch. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dave: Solving the following riddle will reveal the awful secret behind the universe, assuming you do not go utterly mad in the attempt.
Dave: Say you have an ax - just a cheap one from Home Depot.
[slow zoom in on man chopping]
Dave: On one bitter winter day, you use said ax to behead a man. Don't worry, the man's already dead. Maybe you should worry, 'cause you're the one who shot him. He'd been a big twitchy guy with veined skin stretched over swollen biceps, tattoo of a swastika on his tongue. And...
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits there's a warning that 'any unauthorized duplication and/or distribution (...) may result in civil liability, criminal prosecution and the wrath of Korrok'. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original ending was a TV interview with Marconi. It was deemed anticlimactic by the filmmakers according to their DVD commentary. This, and other deleted scenes, are included on the DVD release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in For My Family (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

He Never Left
Performed by The Inevitable Backlash
Music and lyrics by Andrew Coscarelli
(Gramsci and Rousseau Music - BMI)
Copyright © 2007 Fan Crush Networks, LLC
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An ambitious mess
11 July 2013 | by Fluke_SkywalkerSee all my reviews

'John Dies at the End' is like the Matrix. One cannot be told what it is. They must see it for themselves. Veering wildly between inspired and tedious, it ultimately comes off like a (very) strange mish-mash of better and more coherent films like 'Ghostbusters', 'Dude, where's my car?', 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adenture', 'Big Trouble in Little China' and the TV show 'Supernatural'.

Director Don Coscarelli ('Phantasm', 'The Beastmaster', 'Bubba Ho-Tep') is the king of quirky cult cinema, and he's certainly in his element here. But the increasingly odd plot mechanics at play in 'John' are beyond even his skill to corral into something approaching entertainment.

'John Dies at the End' is not a good film, but it's so *odd* that I feel I have to recommend it for the experience alone.


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