Do you like dogs that can drive a car? Have you ever thought of using a bratwurst as a cell phone? Do you like basement monsters made of meat? (Yes, you heard me - and I'm not talking about Lady Gaga's meat dress, either!)
How about doorknobs that turn into penises before your very eyes? If you said yes to any of the above then by all means, you need to check out John Dies at the End.
I've not read the source material - a novel by David Wong, so I was coming into this one rather blind. Generally I like to read a book before seeing the film but in this case it was not to be. Though I have looked at the book several times in the book stores.
But seeing as how it was adapted for the big screen by Don Coscarelli of Phantasm and Bubba Ho-Tep fame, I was definitely interested in seeing this so-called horror-fantasy-comedy. And that is just what you get. At times feeling a little bit like a cross between a Hunter S. Thompson adaptation and a Sam Raimi movie, it really does jump all over the place - and kind of made me feel like perhaps it would have been more enjoyable if I were stoned out of my mind.
That's not to say that I didn't enjoy the movie. It has its own weird charm. Kind of like an acid trip - if only I knew what that was actually like. I get the feeling I was pretty close.
Dave (Chase Williamson) is a likable twenty-something slacker who's got a tale to tell.
Arnie's (Paul Giamatti) just the guy to tell it. These two meet up in a creepy, dark-lit Chinese restaurant to discuss recent events in Dave's life that are almost too insane to believe. Apparently there is a new type of street drug known as Soy Sauce, which causes wild hallucinations and the ability to not only talk to the dead but to be able to experience alternate universes & realities.
By using this "sauce", Dave is able to tell Arnie the amount of change he has in his pocket and the dream he had the night before. When Arnie seems slightly more agreeable to listening to Dave's story, Dave relates how the night before, he met up with his friend John (Rob Mayes) at a party and they were introduced to a Jamaican named Robert Marley (seriously...) who was coincidentally bitten by their friend Amy's dog, Bark Lee. Robert gives them some of the sauce and kabam! Their whole world and their reason for being is completely changed. Well, they are still dudes who like to get laid and get high, but now they have the world to save!
Holy hell, we even get an Angus Scrimm (The Tall Man, for those who have led a Phantasm-less life) cameo.
But give this one a chance - it would be fab on the big screen.
Opens Jan 25.