Is it just a bad trip caused by a new drug named 'soy sauce' or did the improbable duo of David and John actually find a portal to a parallel universe, propelled by the drug, and stop an invasion that would have ended life as we know it here? Really, I don't know. Please see this film and get back to me on it. Maybe, if you happen upon a Chinese restaurant, pour some soy sauce into the palm of your hand and it sprouts insect legs, swallow it. You, too, may get to the other earth just in time to stop another attempt.
I tend to believe it is true since the author of the book from which Director Don Coscarelli wrote the screenplay, David Wong, also gave his moniker to the hero. Just makes sense, One thing is for sure, either writer Wong (whose book I have not yet read) is not only macabre, but also extremely witty and funny, but Coscarelli (who also directed and screen-wrote Bubba Ho Tep and all 4 Phansasms) infused 'John Dies...' with the same qualities that are a trademark of his work. But for sure, this film was fun --Not just for teens who like scifi horror, but for anyone, due to the fast paced action, smart dialogue and mostly visually exciting effects, if not always convincing. I would even watch it again to catch up on the jokes and references that might have flown past, not that I'm slow, but the actors do not club one over the head with the jokes. It's all part of the dry, hip delivery.
John Dies At The End
Director/Writer: Don Coscarelli
Story: David Wong
Cast: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Bark Lee, Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman, Doug Jones, Fabianne Therese
Time: 99 min.
Opening February 8 at the Embarcadero Cinema in San Francisco aqnd the California in Berkeley