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Halloween Movie Review #24: John Dies At The End
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As a former mayor of Kirksville, Todd thinks he knows his way around the community. He graduated from Truman and worked in their IT department for 6 years. With his wife, Bich, he has renovated and operates Pickler's Famous, a community theater and ...
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As a former mayor of Kirksville, Todd thinks he knows his way around the community. He graduated from Truman and worked in their IT department for 6 years. With his wife, Bich, he has renovated and operates Pickler's Famous, a community theater and event center in a historic building downtown. He currently works from home, where his primary job responsibility is to keep from getting distracted by the internet.
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Spiritual Exorcists Dave and John get mixed up in an interdimensional plot thanks to an accidental dose of Soy Sauce, a bizarre new street drug that grants psychic powers and the ability to peer into other realities. John's the smug one. Dave's a bit more cautious.

As a viewer pushed and pulled through this rip-roaring Men In Black-style film, you’ll barely have time to catch your breath from the portal-hopping shenanigans and wacky characters/beings. I’d categorize this as a comedy-horror-sci-fi with a cast of familiar actors. Among them: Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman. You may not know the names, but you’ll recognize the faces.

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You’ll also laugh out loud at several surprises in this movie, many terrific lines and Three Stooges situations. A large, silent dog drives a car into a trailer. A mustache tears itself off a man’s face and flies around the room. Hey, when you’re dealing with beings from another dimension, it can get a little hairy. Heheh…

Director Don Coscarelli buttresses the proceedings with terrific effects and a much higher production value than normal. I appreciate the mixture of both practical and visual effects, though I should warn you of the regular doses of gratuitious gore peppered throughout.

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I can’t say much more because following the twists and turns of the plot is most of the fun.* It was for me, anyway. I’ll readily admit this film is not for everyone. If absurdity and an intentionally difficult-to-follow plot normally scare you off, you’ll probably want to give this one a pass.

Originally published as a web serial by Cracked.com Executive Editor Jason Pergin, it was later taken offline and published as a bona-fide novel under his psedonym Jason Wong - the protagonist of the story. Wong released a sequel last year, titled This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously Dude, Don't Touch It. I just might pick it up.

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I recommend John Dies At The End as a light and fun romp by one of my fave horror directors, Don Coscarelli, who also adapted the story for the screen. He’s come a long way since Phantasm - which is still on the Horror Top 10 List that I’ll get around to making some day. And if you still haven’t seen his Bubba Ho-Tep, do yourself a favor and correct that mistake asap.

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* actually, that’s just an excuse. I couldn’t detail the plot for you if I tried. 

Now that you’ve seen the film…



*** SPOILERS ***

I would love to see a Meat Monster action figure. Do you think someone could make a Saturday morning cartoon out of this?

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