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John Dies at the End -- An 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.
John Dies at the End -- 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?
John Dies at the End -- A pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs are enlisted to save humanity from a paranormal, psychoactive drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit.


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Don Coscarelli (written for the screen by)
David Wong (based on the story by)
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25 January 2013 (USA) See more »
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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? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

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 ... Shelly

Ethan Erickson ... Sergeant McElroy

Kevin Michael Richardson ... Korrok (voice)

Riley Rose Critchlow ... Girl with Rastafarian
Pat McNeely ... Old Woman

Angus Scrimm ... Father Shellnut

Brett Wagner ... Reanimated Dead Guy
Bark Lee ... Himself

Helena Mehalis ... Dr. Marconi Assistant

Maria Mehalis ... Dr. Marconi Assistant

Felix Jerry Droz ... Mustache Cop
Cesare Gagliardoni ... Meat Monster
Headmaster Ernesto ... Meat Monster Voice (voice)

Daniel Schweiger ... Suspicious Diner
Aaron Godfred ... Bullet Factory Worker
Mike Mangan ... Hardware Store Clerk

Michael Q. Schmidt ... Mmm Bacon
Megan Nicole Koscki ... Child in Ruins

Jennifer MacKenzie ... They China Food! Waitress

David Hill ... Officer Johnson
Steve Crest ... Officer Steve
Linda Wolvek ... Woman with Officer
Kevin Starai ... Hot Dog Vendor
Bob Ivy ... Largeman Follower

Kim Robert Koscki ... Largeman Follower (as Kim Koscki)

Chuck Williams ... Largeman Follower

Timothy E. Goodwin ... Largeman Follower
Andrew Ritter ... Largeman Follower
Nathan Johnson ... The Bearded Scientist
David Hartman ... Spider Victim
Kathleen Hartman ... Spider Victim
Vivienne Hartman ... Spider Victim
D.T. Carney ... Spider Victim

Michael Sasso ... HLA Officer
Andrew Coscarelli ... Three Arm Sally Band
Tennessee Hamilton ... Three Arm Sally Band
Aidan Kassel ... Three Arm Sally Band
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Archie Archambo ... Largeman Follower (uncredited)
Cole Coleman ... Alien (uncredited)
Jamie Goucher ... Rasta (uncredited)
Shane Schoeppner ... Follower (uncredited)
Ethan Wolvek ... Main Suit (uncredited)

Directed by
Don Coscarelli 
Writing credits
Don Coscarelli (written for the screen by)

David Wong (based on the story by)

Produced by
Brad Baruh .... producer
Daniel Carey .... executive producer
Dac Coscarelli .... executive producer
Don Coscarelli .... producer
Paul Giamatti .... executive producer
Aaron Godfred .... co-producer
Joshua Lewin .... co-producer
Andy Meyers .... producer
Roman Perez .... producer
Original Music by
Brian Tyler 
Cinematography by
Mike Gioulakis  (as Michael Gioulakis)
Film Editing by
Don Coscarelli 
Donald Milne 
Casting by
Dylann Brander 
Kelly Wagner  (as Kelly Martin Wagner)
Production Design by
Todd Jeffery 
Art Direction by
Patrick William Muller 
Set Decoration by
Dwayne Burgess 
Costume Design by
Shelley Kay 
Makeup Department
Melissa Gates .... makeup artist
David Greathouse .... makeup artist
Amber Griffin .... key makeup artist
Jared Guenther .... special makeup effects artist
Robert Hall .... additional special makeup effects supervisor: Almost Human Inc
Beki Ingram .... creature fabricator
Robert Kurtzman .... special make-up effects supervisor
Dalton Kutsch .... special makeup effects technician: Almost Human Inc.
Kate Mullin .... assistant makeup artist
James Ojala .... special makeup effects artist
Laura Peyer .... assistant makeup artist
Erik Porn .... special makeup effects artist: Almost Human Inc.
Lancel Reyes .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Andy Meyers .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andy Meyers .... second assistant director
Jeff Shiffman .... first assistant director
Art Department
Gregory Ainsley .... property master
Ernesto Cruz .... set dresser
Aaron Lea .... graphic designer
Beckett McMahan .... props
William Muller .... carpenter
Alicia Peterson .... props
Julien Pougnier .... assistant art director
Willy Richardson .... special props
Davin Skorstad .... art department
Sound Department
Tara Blume .... foley artist
Shaun Cunningham .... foley mixer
Roberto Domínguez .... adr mixer
Mark Ettel .... sound re-recording mixer
Dana Ferguson .... sound mixer
Andy Hurtado .... additional adr mixer
Andy Hurtado .... sound effects editor
Andy Hurtado .... sound engineer
Greg Jefferson .... adr mixer
Anthony Krajchir .... sound engineer
Joseph Lawrence .... sound designer
Paul Menichini .... supervising sound editor
Reece Miller .... sound recordist
Stuart Provine .... sound designer
Paul Ratajczak .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Ratajczak .... supervising sound editor
Benjamin Rauscher .... boom operator
Grant Waters .... sound mixer
Mark Henry .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Sarah Danko .... special effects crew
Beki Ingram .... special effects technician
Tom Luhtala .... special effects: puppets
Keegan O'Reilly .... lab assistant
Franklin Purtiman .... video assist: special effects unit
Visual Effects by
Derek Doi .... visual effects
Aaron Godfred .... visual effects supervisor
Ryan Harrison .... compositor
David Hartman .... visual effects
Ari Levinson .... compositor
Mike Mangan .... CG visual effects artist
Matt McFarland .... digital intermediate colorist
Leonard Menchiari .... compositor
Erik Porn .... visual effects artist: Almost Human Digital
Ikuo Saito .... wire removal: Almost Human Digital (as Ikuo 'Yojimbo' Saito)
Prasanna Siddharthan .... compositor
August Coleman .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Josh Crews .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Junji Hirano .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Dean Wright .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Bob Ivy .... stunts
Kim Robert Koscki .... stunts (as Kim Koscki)
D.T. Carney .... stunt player (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Bader .... electrician
Brad Baruh .... camera operator
Christopher M. Bauer .... lighting technician (as Chris Bauer)
Jennifer Braddock .... first assistant camera
Derrick Cohan .... condor operator
Casey Desmet .... grip
Jeremy Emerman .... additional photography
Alex Evans .... grip
Mark Farney .... grip
Tom Funk .... first assistant camera
Mike Gioulakis .... camera operator
Robert Grower .... key grip
Michael Brian Hart .... steadicam operator
Matthew Hingstman .... electrician
Patrick Jenkins .... grip
Kate Johnson .... electrician
Kenton Drew Johnson .... gaffer
Justin Moran-Duquette .... electrician
JP Perry .... additional first assistant camera
Marc-Antoine Serou .... gaffer
Sérgio .... key grip
Eric Tolzmann .... grip
Stephen Tringali .... assistant camera
Michael A. Viera III .... grip (as Michael Viera III)
Pat Wallner .... grip (as Patrick Wallner)
Evans Vestal Ward .... still photographer
Vanessa Wolf .... gaffer
Animation Department
David Hartman .... animated sequence by
Casting Department
Jeff Olan .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Meghan Anderson .... wardrobe assistant
Kathleen Hartman .... costumes
Janelle Marsh .... costumer
Beckett McMahan .... costumer
Rachel Pollen .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Erik Kaufmann .... digital intermediate editor
Brian Robbins .... digital image technician
David Wiese .... post production supervisor
Music Department
Kevon Cronin .... music preparation
Matthew Llewellyn .... composer: additional music
Serena McKinney .... musician: solo violin
Max Mueller .... music preparation
Sarah Schachner .... composer: additional music
Ryan Vig .... music preparation
Other crew
Cole Dabney .... social media & marketing
Derek Doi .... title sequence
Paul Hammond .... commentary
Angel Jimenez Jr. .... production assistant
Mandolina Moon .... trainer of Bark Lee the dog
Jessica Morris .... production assistant
Catherine Nguyen .... production accountant
Samantha Otten .... lab assistant
Alicia Peterson .... script supervisor
Andrew Ritter .... production coordinator
Michael Sasso .... production coordinator
Courtney Schade .... commentary coordinator
Frank Sharp .... studio manager
Roger Avary .... special thanks
Jeff Conner .... special thanks
Phil S. Crain .... special thanks
Scott J. Gill .... special thanks
David Jarrell .... special thanks (as David 'Bubba' Jarrell)
William Malone .... special thanks
D. Kerry Prior .... special thanks
Roberto A. Quezada .... special thanks
Eli Roth .... special thanks

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Rated R for bloody violence and gore, nudity, language and drug content
99 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Australia:MA15+ (2013) | Canada:18A (Alberta/Manitoba) | Canada:14A (British Columbia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Germany:16 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | UK:15 | USA:R

Did You Know?

In the book, the location of the town its set it in is never given. Instead, it's usually called "Undisclosed". In the movie, however, the label of the parcel John sends to himself is sent to Sherwood, Illinois. There is no Sherwood, Illinois.See more »
Continuity: Right after Dave takes the soy sauce in Robert Marley's trailer (or rather, after the soy sauce burrows into his face), during his monologue that starts with "you are standing on the thin, cool crust of a gigantic ball of molten rock...", if you look closely you can see the bullet hole from when Detective Appleton shoots him in the chest. Dave getting shot happens a few minutes after this scene.See more »
[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 you're chopping off his head because even with eight bullets in him, you're pretty sure he's about to spring back to his feet and eat the look of terror right off your face.
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Referenced in For My Family (2014)See more »
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Frustratingly Fractured Plot but It's Got Some Laughs, 19 July 2013
Author: brando647 from Spring Hill, FL

I'm not even sure where to start with a movie like JOHN DIES AT THE END. It's one of those movies that just seems destined from the start to be a cult classic, but I'm not so sure. I love a good WTF movie that I can share with friends over a few beers, but a good WTF movie does more than baffle the audience with the bizarre. A good WTF film will have an awesome story (e.g. cyberpunk Nazis on the moon = IRON SKY) and an engaging hero/protagonist (e.g. Rutger Hauer in HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN). Keep in mind, my examples are just movies that I personally enjoy in the WTF genre but the same principles still stand. I can't really agree that JOHN DIES AT THE END has either (much less both) of these qualities. I am a huge fan of and I've been following the site since I first stumbled across it while searching for a time-waster while I worked tech support. Their content is most often hilarious and generally a bit informative too. I'm totally down with supporting their writers in whatever endeavors they pursue if it means more of their excellent product. JOHN DIES AT THE END (written by senior Cracked editor David Wong) is on my shortlist of novels I'm planning on buying from Amazon, but I was excited to find out that a movie would be released in the meantime and that it would be directed by Don Coscarelli. BUBBA HO-TEP is another great WTF film, so naturally I was expecting great things with the movie. The ultimate reality: it falls short of being the movie I wanted, but it has inspired me to move a little faster on picking up the novel.

To start, and you'll probably hear this from anyone who's seen the movie but not read the novel, JOHN DIES AT THE END doesn't make a whole lot of sense. It feels like there's a plot in there…somewhere. I just can't find it. I've uncovered bits of it and pieced it all together but there are still a lot of holes. I've pretty much given up on figuring out the plot in its entirety until I read the book. For now, I only know what I've seen in the movie. David Wong (Chase Williamson) and John (Rob Mayes) are a couple of stoned losers who encounter a new drug known on the street as 'soy sauce.' Soy sauce has the ability to give its user supernatural abilities that…I don't quite understand. Communicating with the dead…and the future…and other dimensions, I think. And inexplicable knowledge. Anyway, David and John discover an evil plot involving body-snatching white bugs/fuzz and plans of an entity of pure evil from an alternate universe to dominate our world. See what I mean? I'm not even sure. And everything I've read tells me it's explained 100 times better in the novel, so I haven't given up hope. But, as a movie, it's lacking. Honestly, my interest waned around the time David was kidnapped by an annoying ghetto white kid (Jonny Weston) and the detective investigating the weird goings-on (Glynn Turman) went totally mental.

And that's the big problem here: weirdness without any sort of context becomes dull real fast. For the first 45 minutes of the movie or so, I was loving it. The meat monster, the ominous Jamaican, the messed-up/dark sense of humor to the whole thing…it was great. But once the "story" kicked into gear, I lost it. The best way to describe JOHN DIES AT THE END is this: it feels like a 100-minute trailer for a really awesome six-hour movie. There's a lot of interesting stuff going on here and the whole movie feels like it's on the verge of greatness but it never pays off. There's a lot of cool stuff that's introduced or mentioned and never fully explored. What was the deal with Roger North (Doug Jones)? And what about the alien slug with teeth that appeared three times in the movie? Was it a tool of good or evil? How exactly did Korrok's plan (Korrok being the ultimate evil entity from an alternate universe) involve the body-snatching bugs? If Dr. Marconi (Clancy Brown) was so awesome, why wasn't the movie about HIM saving the world? Seriously. Marconi was probably the coolest character in the whole movie and he's the most wasted. Brown gets higher billing than Paul Giamatti in the movie but he's only in it for about 5 minutes. What's the point of his character? He's stone-cold awesome in the few instances we see him in action, but we send David and John to help save the world? Where did the soy sauce come from? Is it a creation of Korrok? Did it have anything to do with the white bug swarms or not, because I'm getting mixed signals.

More questions than answers with the plot, but at least some of the humor works well. Chase Williamson is pretty decent as David Wong and Rob Hayes did a great job, but I think a lot of fans of Cracked might agree that this movie would've been exponentially funnier if Daniel O'Brien and Michael Swaim had been cast in the lead roles. People who aren't followers of Cracked won't know who those two are, but it couldn't have hurt the movie's success seeing as how the release was so low-key to begin with. JOHN DIES AT THE END is a mildly entertaining distraction that will frustrate anyone in the market for a solid story but there are some good laughs to be had. If anything, I can say it's got me that much more interested in reading the book.

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