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John Dies at the End (2012)

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A new street drug that sends its users across time and dimensions has one drawback: some people return no longer human. Can two college drop-outs save humanity from this silent, otherworldly invasion?

Director:

Don Coscarelli

Writers:

Don Coscarelli (written for the screen by), David Wong (based on the story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chase Williamson ... Dave
Rob Mayes ... John
Paul Giamatti ... Arnie Blondestone
Clancy Brown ... Dr. Albert Marconi
Glynn Turman ... Detective
Doug Jones ... Roger North
Daniel Roebuck ... Largeman
Fabianne Therese ... Amy
Jonny Weston ... Justin White
Jimmy Wong ... Fred Chu
Tai Bennett ... Robert Marley
Allison Weissman Allison Weissman ... Shelly
Ethan Erickson ... Sergeant McElroy
Kevin Michael Richardson ... Korrok (voice)
Riley Rose Critchlow ... Girl with Rastafarian
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Storyline

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. Written by David Wong

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Just so you know...they're sorry for anything that's about to happen.

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence and gore, nudity, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dave's Story See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,467, 27 January 2013

Gross USA:

$141,307
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The mall where the Mall Of The Dead sequence was filmed is the same mall that producer Roman Perez saw the earlier Don Coscarelli movie Phantasm (1979) at, back when the mall was in business and had a movie theater. See more »

Goofs

The guy shot by Dr. Marconi (the one that attacks them with an ax) is breathing (at around 1h 27 mins). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dave: Solving the following riddle will reveal the awful secret behind the universe, assuming you do not go utterly mad in the attempt.
Dave: Say you have an ax - just a cheap one from Home Depot.
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Dave: On one bitter winter day, you use said ax to behead a man. Don't worry, the man's already dead. Maybe you should worry, 'cause you're the one who shot him. He'd been a big twitchy guy with veined skin stretched over swollen biceps, tattoo of a swastika on his tongue. And...
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Crazy Credits

"This motion picture photoplay is protected pursuant To the provisions of the laws of The united states of america and other countries. Any unauthorized duplication and/or distribution Of this photoplay may result in civil liability, Criminal prosecution and the wrath of korrok." See more »

Alternate Versions

The original ending was a TV interview with Marconi. It was deemed anticlimactic by the filmmakers according to their DVD commentary. This, and other deleted scenes, are included on the DVD release. See more »

Connections

References Planet of the Apes (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

My Moonlight Maiden
Written and performed by Paul Ratajczak
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It runs of out steam after a good start
2 January 2013 | by zentist-563-976986See all my reviews

Like many independent movies, this one has a interesting idea at its base and some fairly decent acting but runs out of steam far too early. The end is almost Austin Powers like (i.e. silly). The technical quality fairly good but it is never able to get over the weak story line in the second part of the movie. I imagine Paul Giamatti's involvement was to lend a bit of credibility to the project. However, it is fairly clear that his scenes were shot in a single day (all are in the same Chinese restaurant), so the result is actually the reverse since the commercial motive of the casting is so evident. To sum up, they had me interested at the start and hopeful in the middle but bored and disappointed at the end.


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