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Review: John Dies at the End

21 February 2013 12:00 PM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Don Coscarelli has two successful cult franchises to his name in Phantasm and Beastmaster.  The announcement of Bubba Nosferatu, sequel to 2002's Bubba Ho-Tep, makes that three ... so why not go for a fourth? The writer/director purchased rights to John Dies at the End, itself a cult web serial by author David Wong, first released online in 2001. The resulting film, opening Friday at Alamo Drafthouse on Slaughter, is arguably the best work Coscarelli's ever done.

Coscarelli's screenplay is smart, fast-paced and exciting, full of razor-sharp wit delivered first-person by star Chase Williamson. The story incorporates many important elements from the book while changing various details, sometimes for practical reasons. (Fans of the book will note the name and sex of the dog Molly have changed.)

A worthy modern-day successor to Ghostbusters, the movie John Dies at the End follows Dave and his friend John (Rob Mayes), paranormal investigators who »

- Mike Saulters

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Exclusive: Paul Giamatti talks John Dies at the End and His Favorite Horror Movies

17 January 2013 4:29 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

John Dies at the End will be released to theaters on January 25th and I recently had the opportunity to interview a number of people involved with the movie. I’ve already published my article with Don Coscarelli and next up is my interview with Paul Giamatti. Not only did we talk about his involvement in John Dies at the End as an actor and executive producer, but I also learned about his love of classic horror movies.

I recently watched John Dies at the End and loved how much it felt like a movie out of the 80′s. So many horror movies from that decade had a great mix of horror and comedy.

Paul Giamatti: I’m a fan of that kind of stuff too. This has a nice old school thing to it which is really good.

Many of our readers may not be aware that, on »

- Jonathan James

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Interview With Paul Giamatti And Don Coscarelli On John Dies At The End

10 January 2013 10:36 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Wow, what a hell of a way to start off my 2013. Not only was I able to catch a viewing of John Dies At The End before its limited theatrical release January 25th thanks to an early wide-release Video On Demand campaign, but then I was gifted the opportunity to sit down with director Don Coscarelli and producer/actor Paul Giamatti for an exclusive interview.

I mean, these two guys are legendary in my book. Coscarelli is responsible for every Phantasm film, as well as a few other gems including the cult worshiped “Bruce Campbell playing Elvis” film, Bubba Ho-Tep. Giamatti is a Oscar-nominated actor who has played everyone from John Adams to Santa Claus, earning himself instant recognition around Hollywood.

As for the interview, I had an absolute blast. The two personalities made a fantastic team and were so easy to talk to, exemplified by Don sitting next to »

- Matt Donato

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