Travel through Time as John Dies at the End
is a combination of grindhouse gore, dark comedy, and film noir narration with a sci-fi premise about a drug that has the capability of opening a portal to a parallel universe where evil creatures are plotting to destroy our planet. It stars a pair of paranormal ghost fighters.
John Dies at the End is told through a series of flashbacks as the story is relayed to a skeptical reporter, played by Paul Giamatti. It is about Dave (Chase Williamson) and his friend John (Rob Mayes), who stumble on a drug they call soy sauce. It gives them a trip that changes their perception of reality and their senses.
The story involves time travel and zombie-like people whose bodies are possessed by a parasitic white substance from another dimension. You get the feeling that it is made for midnight viewing. John Dies at the End is adapted from a 2007 comic horror novel by Jason Pargin. The movie is not for everyone. It is for people who like satire to genre movies but some viewers might get tired of it. It contains violence, obscenity, drug and sexual content.
The acting is decent and the effects are good. Glynn Turman plays the beaten down detective. Clancy Brown is a powerful mystic named Marconi. Doug Jones plays a creepy role yet again. Fabianne Therese is Amy and her missing limb plays an important role in the movie.
It is a fun, trippy ride. But fans of the book might be disappointed by the adaptation. The plot is rushed with some of the story condensed and some subplots not included in the film.
If you like cheesy, sci-fi movies then go watch John Dies at the End. If you haven’t read the book then you will not notice the rushed plot. The main purpose of the movie is to entertain and engage. If you got some free time then go watch it.