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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 as no longer human. Can two college dropouts save humankind from this silent, otherworldly invasion?

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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.

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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

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25 January 2013 (USA)  »

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Dave's Story  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$12,467 (USA) (25 January 2013)

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$141,307 (USA) (5 April 2013)
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Trivia

The Robert Marley character's real name is only said once in the movie, when the detective shows Dave his mugshot picture, he says his name is Bruce Mathews. The initials of his birthname is most likely one of the reasons he chose his obvious alias, Robert Marley, or as the real singer went by; Bob Marley. Bruce Mathews; Bob Marley. See more »

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When David meets Arnie in the Chinese restaurant, Arnie takes out a notebook. He opens it on the first page, with several ripped out pages. In the next scene, when he starts writing, the missing pages are gone and he is writing somewhere in the middle of the notebook. Later, the notebook is again shown with ripped out pages. See more »

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[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.
[slow zoom in on man chopping]
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

At the end of the credits there's a warning that 'any unauthorized duplication and/or distribution (...) may result in civil liability, criminal prosecution and the wrath of Korrok'. See more »

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Referenced in For My Family (2014) See more »

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My Moonlight Maiden
Written and performed by Paul Ratajczak
(Spozzy Song Music - BMI)
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A cross between NAKED LUNCH and BILL AND TEDS EXCELLENT ADVENTURE.
5 January 2013 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

This film reminded me a lot of Naked Lunch crossed with Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure in some ways (if you've seen all three of these movies you'll know what I mean). You have a guy (Dave) and his friend (John) who end up stumbling across a drug that opens their minds (both figuratively and literally) to another world. There is some good humor here and some of the scenes make you laugh (the meat man being one). The story is obviously over the top, but that is what makes this film fun to watch. You have to go in to this movie with an open mind (being under the influence might help to) and don't take it too seriously, that being said I can see some people doing just that and they won't get it. It has elements of horror, good old fashioned special effects - some new also, some comedy, and the obligatory nude scene. As I said, some people won't like this movie, but I enjoyed it. Fun to watch, so for that and the reasons I gave earlier, I give this a 7 out of 10.


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