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John Dies at the End (2013)



Critic Consensus: Some will find the darkly funny, genre-bending incoherence of John Dies at the End charming; some will feel its zany antics and gore lead to an unsatisfying payoff.

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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. -- (C) Official Site

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Paul Giamatti
as Arnie Blondestone
Clancy Brown
as Dr. Albert Marconi
Glynn Turman
as Detective
Doug Jones
as Roger North
Jonny Weston
as Justin White
Jimmy Wong
as Fred Chu
Tai Bennett
as Robert Marley
Ethan Erickson
as Sergeant McElroy
Pranidhi Varshney
as Deepti Chakrabarti
Riley Rose Critchlow
as Girl with Rastafarian
Pat McNeely
as Old Woman
Angus Scrimm
as Father Shellnut
Brett Wagner
as Reanimated Dead Guy
Bark Lee
as Himself
Helena Mehalis
as Dr. Marconi Assistant
Maria Mehalis
as Dr. Marconi Assistant
Jerry Droz
as Mustache Cop
Cesare Gagliardoni
as Meat Monster
Headmaster Ernesto
as Meat Monster Voice
Daniel Schweiger
as Suspicious Diner
Ethan Wolvek
as Man in Suit
Aaron Godfred
as Bullet Factory Worker
Mike Mangan
as Hardware Store Clerk
Michael Schmidt
as Mmm Bacon
Megan Koscki
as Child in Ruins
Jennifer MacKenzie
as They China Food! Waitress
David Hill
as Officer Johnson
Steve Crest
as Officer Steve
Linda Wolvek
as Woman with Officer
Kevin Starai
as Hot Dog Vendor
Bob Ivy
as Largeman Follower
Kim Robert Koscki
as Largeman Follower
Chuck Williams
as Largeman Follower
Tim Goodwin
as Largeman Follower
Andrew Ritter
as Largeman Follower
Nathaniel E. Johnson
as The Bearded Scientist
David Hartman
as Spider Victim
Kathleen Hartman
as Spider Victim
D.T. Carney
as Spider Victim
Michael Sasso
as HLA Officer
Andrew Coscarelli
as Three Arm Sally Band Member
Tennessee Hamilton
as Three Arm Sally Band Member
Aidan Kassel
as Three Arm Sally Band Member
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Critic Reviews for John Dies at the End

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (38)

The saving grace of John Dies at the End is undoubtedly its manic storytelling: the energy and pacing of scenes give the movie the impression of being told on the spot (which is of course what the framing device intends).

June 28, 2013 | Full Review…

Gonzo freakiness in such doses that cult status is practically ensured.

March 17, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I stopped taking notes when the woman disintegrated into a ball of writhing snakes.

March 15, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Despite its astronomical body count, John Dies at the End never takes itself too seriously, and neither should you.

March 14, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4

Director Don Coscarelli isn't especially smooth or coherent, and he leans on weird for weird's sake.

March 8, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

A confusing plot to begin with, the adaptation of the novel is a certified mess, attempting to provide blow-by-blow illustrations of scenes from the source book, and lifting most of the narration and dialogue verbatim.

February 22, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for John Dies at the End


Fun, horror-comedy-B-movie with above-average plot that keeps you on your toes!

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer


The complete mess of a plot tries at every cost to be a smart-ass comedy filled with an offbeat humor that, apart from a very few inspired moments, is simply embarrassing - as we can see, for instance, from an awful aracnicide joke in the movie's ridiculous last hour.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

This is a very hard film to describe to anyone, but it's beloved by the internet right now, and I could not be happier. Adapted from a graphic novel of the same name, this amazing film defies logic, death, supernatural elements, and life in general, to bring a really rare and interesting story about two friends directly thrown into the darkness of the world. The main problem in the film is that the universe that has been created by the graphic novel isn't pared down enough to make a film. The entire scope is miniscule compared to what happens, and there are more unexplained questions left behind than anything else. We're not sure exactly what the other side is, how ghosts communicate with us, or what really happens to John (Mayes) and Dave (Williamson). On its own its definitely a psychedelic and feral kind of film, with its sharpened fangs, but there are just too many questions left unanswered and not enough juice to make it longer, so it suffers extensively for these faux pas.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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