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.









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Release date: Jan 25, 2013
MPAA rating: Rated R for bloody violence and gore, nudity, language and drug content
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Runtime: 99 min
Movie Reviews:
  • 80 - by Andrew O'Hehir
    Is this an "indie" film with a deliberately messed-up chronology and an ambitious narrative you'll appreciate even more the second time through? Yes. Is this a deliberately trashy horror-comedy with a few decent jolts and several big laughs, best viewed with a gang of friends and a consciousness-altering agent of your choosing, parasitical or not? That too. more

  • 80
    Slate - by Dana Stevens
    A gleefully crummy buddy comedy that uses horror-movie conventions as catapults to hurl the audience down one "whoa, dude!" narrative wormhole after another. more

  • 75 - by William Goss
    John Dies at the End is easily funnier than it is scary, and much like the drug at the center of the story, it offers one hell of a trip. more

  • 75
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch - by Joe Williams
    Some of the themes and the hallucinatory special effects are reminiscent of Cronenberg’s “Naked Lunch,” and there are cheeky allusions to “Dawn of the Dead” and even “Eyes Wide Shut,” but a viewer with an open mind might say that this midnight-style movie is more enjoyable than any of them. more

  • 75
    The A.V. Club - by Nathan Rabin
    It's a mess, but its best moments are exhilarating, getting hopelessly lost in Pargin's surreal, completely disorienting world. more

  • 63
    Miami Herald - by Rene Rodriguez
    Despite its astronomical body count, John Dies at the End never takes itself seriously, and neither should you. more

  • 63
    Boston Globe - by Ty Burr
    This loopy slacker horror farce is so intent on playing with your head — and time, and space, and paranoid conspiracy theories — that it doesn’t care about making sense. Which doesn’t stop the film from being a pretty good bad time. more

  • 63
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Charlie Schmidlin
    Coscarelli knows how to exploit horror/sci-fi tropes and adeptly meld a practical effect with a well-timed gag. Many could depict a man's disembodied moustache with the right degree of farcicality, but few can imbue it with such an oddball credibility. ...

  • 63
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    Before it trips over its own overly complex plot, before the comic leads have exhausted their modestly amusing repertoires, this odd stoner/sci fi creature feature blows out of the gate and threatens - for about thirty minutes - to blow your mind. Then it doesn't. more

  • 63
    Rolling Stone - by Peter Travers
    Coscarelli junkies won't be bothered by the film's herky-jerky rhythms. Go for the freaky fun of it, though a little soy sauce on the side sure wouldn't hurt. more

  • 60
    New York Daily News - by Elizabeth Weitzman
    This is really the kind of movie that was made to be watched in a haze after midnight, at which point it would all, no doubt, make perfect sense. more

  • 60
    Los Angeles Times - by Robert Abele
    Flaked with offbeat witticisms, cheese ball effects and fanboy splatter gore, the surreal John Dies at the End has the vibe of a shaggy dog story, which works both for and against it. ...

  • 50
    Wall Street Journal - by Joe Morgenstern
    Another is how the film manages, in the absence of a coherent plot, to be so funny and engaging until, somewhere around the midpoint, it goes as flat as a stepped-on creepy-crawly. ...

  • 50
    ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
    Coscarelli's screenplay introduces an abundance of intriguing concepts but never goes very far with any of them. The characters are paper thin and the special effects are laughably bad. more

  • 38
    Chicago Tribune - by Michael Phillips
    This is a fantasy grab bag in which nearly anything can happen. more

  • 30
    Austin Chronicle - by Leah Churner
    The whole movie is an inside joke, a shaggy-dog tale that asks us to pay close attention to its twists and turns, but never rewards us for doing so. more

  • 25
    San Francisco Chronicle - by Mick LaSalle
    Every single thing wrong with John Dies at the End might have been avoided had John died at the beginning, along with all the other characters, transforming an awful full-length movie into a harmless five-minute short. more

  • 25
    New York Post - by Kyle Smith
    A supernatural horror-comedy that's frighteningly lacking in wit, John Dies at the End thinks it's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" for dudes. But in its randomness, its vulgarity and its level of humor, it's more like the collected writings on the walls of a roadside men's room. ...

  • 25
    Slant Magazine - by Chris Cabin
    The frantic, grotesque imagery ironically only highlights Don Coscarelli's inability to truly cut ties with the constraints of accepted storytelling. more

  • 20
    Time Out New York - by Keith Uhlich
    This frenetic horror-comedy from "Bubba Ho Tep's" Don Coscarelli is of the make-it-up-as-you-go-along school of storytelling. more

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. Liana Shimunova

    John Dies at the End is really freaking weird. It’s along the lines of Quentin Dupieux’s Rubber, but really pushes the boundaries of absurdity. Just remember that you don’t choose the soy sauce. The soy sauce chooses you.