John Dies at the End: Scary Funny and Totally AwesomeMay 23rd, 2012 | Posted by in In The Know | Movies
John Dies at the End is a comedic horror novel by David Wong. If you are a reader, I highly recommend it. If you aren’t a reader, that is OK too, because John Dies has been made into an indie movie (directed by Don Coscarelli) that premiered at Sundance in January and will be out in theaters later this fall. It is important you all be aware of this because this movie will be awesome.
This is the story about Dave and John (played in the movie by newcomers Chase Williamson and Rob Mayes); two friends that learn the hard way that you shouldn’t take unidentifiable drugs from Jamaican strangers at random parties. The drug in this case is something called Soy Sauce and gives users the ability to see things – into the future, into the past, into people’s thoughts, into other worlds and even into the afterlife. It is also totally evil – like if Satan took a narcotic form a million times more Satan-y than cocaine or heroin. John and Dave use the side effects of the drug to aid them in various bizarre and dangerous paranormal investigations. It is so ridiculously out-there – being recounted by Dave with dead-pan hilarity to a reporter named Arnie (Paul Giamatti, who is also the EP) after the fact, repeatedly flashing back to the actual events.
The book is laugh-out-loud funny (David Wong is now the editor of Cracked.com) and so phenomenally weird that I literally can’t wait to see what a film adaptation of John Dies at the End will be like. Watch the trailer. Read the book. Either way, I promise it’s worth it.