John Dies at the End

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John Dies at the End (one of the greatest spoiler alert titles of all-time!) is the latest twisted cinematic treat from Don Coscarelli, director of the cult classics Phantasm, Beastmaster and Bubba Ho-Tep. In this wildly inventive horror/sci-fi/comedy trip, it’s all about the Soy Sauce, a new street drug that promises a psychotropic out-of-body experience with each hit. On the upside, Sauce users can drift across time, space and even other dimensions. On the downside, some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly, an otherworldly invasion by deadly inter-dimensional freaks is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John (Rob Mayes) and David (Chase Williamson), 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. Adapted by Coscarelli from David Wong’s audacious trans-genre horror novel, John Dies at the End is a crazed concoction of surreal twists and creepy surprises, featuring Paul Giamatti (Sideways), Clancy Brown (Shawshank Redemption) and the sardonic Angus Scrimm (Phantasm’s “Tall Man”). (Dir. by Don Coscarelli, 2012, 99 min., Rated R, Magnet Releasing) Digital