Todd reviews the Men In Black-style film for the spastic crowd.
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.
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.
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.
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.
* actually, that’s just an excuse. I couldn’t detail the plot for you if I tried.Now that you’ve seen the film…
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I would love to see a Meat Monster action figure. Do you think someone could make a Saturday morning cartoon out of this?