John Dies at the End leaves more questions with it’s trailer than it’s title suggests

Don Coscarelli isn’t a name that is immediately recognizable to the uninitiated masses, but for those of us who are familiar to his works (Phantasm, Beastmaster, Bubba Ho-Tep) the name spells out pure awesome. Coscarelli’s newest project John Dies at the End (a film adaptation of the book with same name) looks to be no exception to this director’s modest, but impressive, body of work. Check out the trailer and synopsis after the break!


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.


The movie’s lead roles will be manned by two relatively unknowns (Chase Williamson and Rob Mayes) but this film is brimming with an amazing cast of well-known character actors; Clancy Brown (The freakin’ Kurgan!), Paul Giamatti and a multitude of others.


So I just watched the trailer… What the hell did I just watch?
I’m not going to sugar coat it. Judging from the trailer this movie will most likely not do well in a focus group of Twilight fans. If I had to sum up the trailer in a few words, I would say that the trailer plays out like a mescaline induced nightmare, but I feel as though that would be selling it short. Characters, and audience members for that matter, are continually challenged to double check reality before progressing forward, backwards and interdimensionally through this comedy/horror story in their desperate attempts to save humanity. Other than that, I can’t really begin to tell you the specifics of what is exactly happening in the trailer. Heck, my “best guess” as to what’s happening would probably just send you spiraling into a state of confusion, so I’ll have to hope that the trailer has done it’s job and peaked your curiosity enough to keep you talking with others about it’s meaning.


John Dies debuted at Sundance this year, so currently there’s no national release date. Until then, I will be starting the book shortly so I can be fully prepared once the film hits the theaters. Stay tuned!

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