John Dies at the End Review

Radar July 15, 2013 0

[Editor’s note: I was going to call this a “Post-view impression” What the fuck corporate word-merging bullshit is that? Yeah, it is a review. Fuck me I’m weird.]

I’m not sure I can fully describe what I saw in this film without sounding like a raving lunatic, but I’ll try.

The story begins with David Wong (not Asian (is that racist for assuming he’d be Asian? (how many parenthesis can I put in before I break time and space?))) recounting a tale to a reporter (Paul Giamatti) of how he killed a skinhead with an axe but then needed to get the suspiciously bloody axehead replaced only to soon be faced with the previously-dead-skinhead’s zombified corpse accusing that new axehead of being the same that killed him. Still with me? Good. None of that really had anything to do with what I’m about to tell you. Soon its up to David and his best friend John to fight against a new drug called Soy Sauce that is from another dimension and is seeking to take over our own. (Or are they teaming up with the Soy Sauce? I wasn’t clear on that part.) Anyway imagine I’m saying this in a deep important announcer’s voice: See David Wong talk to a dog. See him talk into a hot dog. See him….save the world.

This was an incredibly bizarre film that I enjoyed immensely. It’s directed by Don Coscarelli, whose only other movie that I had seen was the equally bizarre, “Bubba Ho-Tep”. His latest film is non-sensical in the best way. It’s as if the Monty Python crew made a bloody, end of the world movie with influences from The Mountains of Madness.

Thinking back on the movie, I still wonder “What the BLEEP did I just see?” but honestly, I would watch it again in a heartbeat. It was a fun exercise in strangeness and I think that’s possibly the nicest thing I could say.

This article published with permission of the original author, who wishes to remain anonymous.

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