5 Reasons to Watch John Dies at The End (2012)
John Dies at the End (2012)
Just so you know…they’re sorry for anything that’s about to happen.
“Maybe you can clear something up for us. See, John and I are both seeing completely different versions of you. Now, John has some vision problems caused by his constant masturbation…” -David Wong (excerpt from John Dies at the End)
Directed by Don Coscarelli, starring Paul Giamatti, Chase Williamson, and Rob Mayes
Adapted from the book “John Dies at the End” by David Wong.
So this flick isn’t in theaters until January 25th, but if you shell out a 10 spot, you can watch it early on iTunes, PSN, or Amazon. $11 if you want it HD quality. I watched this movie on New Years Eve with some good friends, again on New Years Day, and once more on January 2nd.
David (our protagonist) is a slacker turned paranormal investigator along with his friend John. The story is told through the eyes of David as he explains to a reporter (Giamatti) how he got into the business, and how he and John kinda saved the whole universe.
In honor of JDatE author David Wong, I’m going to write this article much in the style of a cracked.com article since David is the editor in chief there, and David and John are both contributing writers. Just so we’re clear here, John Dies at the End is a fictional story about real people (sorta real people, they’re pseudonyms) named David and John.
1. Don Coscarelli
This movie is directed by my favorite horror director and Master of Horror, Don Coscarelli. You may know Coscarelli’s work: Phantasm 1-4, Bubba Ho-Tep, Survival Quest, The Beast Master, or Incident On and Off a Mountain Road.
2. David Wong
I didn’t know who David was until a year ago when I was talking with Don Coscarelli. He was telling me about making this movie and how amazing the book was. At the time I was more interested in talking to him about Joe R. Lansdale and whether he’d do any more adaptions of his books. Little did I know, he was talking about arguably one of the best rising authors of this decade, okay maybe that’s an exaggeration, but i probably enjoyed David Wong’s writing this last year probably more than any other author. He has a sequel to this book right now called “This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch it.”
3. Paul Giamatti
I mean come on, it’s Paul fucking Giamatti! The guy is an amazing actor. From Sideways and American Splendor, to the Illusionist and Cinderella Man, this guy can play it all. He is every bit as talented as Daniel Day Lewis, or Gary Oldman (there I go exaggerating again, but he’s seriously a great actor.)
4. Chase Williamson, and Rob Mayes
These two have such a great connection on screen. Even though these are relatively unknown actors, I honestly don’t think they could have found a more perfect match to how I envisioned David and John in my head. While they may not deserve an Oscar like Giamatti does, they were certainly perfect for these roles.
5. Horror Comedy
Chocolate and peanut-butter, peanut-butter and jelly, maple and bacon, horror and comedy. There are few things that go together as well as these things. Lets talk a few examples. Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, The Fearless Vampire Hunters, Motel Hell, An American Werewolf in London, Dale and Tucker vs. Evil. Theses successes are some of these best entertainment in the world. Now we can add JDatE to that list. True, this flick is more on the comedy end than the horror end, but it just makes it better ’cause even non-horror fans can enjoy this film.
Why you shouldn’t pirate JDatE
So in summary, watch the damn movie, read the damn book, and pay for it. It’s worth it!
Overall Rating: 9 out of 10 (maybe the rating is a little inflated but this movie is so much fun you just gotta see it.)