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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 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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Release Date:
25 January 2013 (USA) See more »
Just so you know...they're sorry for anything that's about to happen.
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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Fun and delightfully weird book adaptation from Don Coscarelli See more (108 total) »


  (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
Matt Hingstman .... electrician (as Matthew Hingstman)
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-Barker .... wardrobe assistant (as Meghan Anderson)
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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Additional Details

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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?

John's full name is, according to the parcel he sends himself, John Cheese.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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Movie Connections:
References "Hawaii Five-O" (1968)See more »
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25 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Fun and delightfully weird book adaptation from Don Coscarelli, 27 December 2012
Author: jaguiar313 from USA

John Dies At The End is an adaptation of David Wong's book of the same name written and directed by Don Coscarelli (Phantasm, Bubba Ho-Tep). While not familiar with the book, the bizarre and surreal story does seem like a perfect fit for Coscarelli as his films have alway had a touch of both the surreal and a bit of offbeat whimsy. The film starts out with David Wong (Chase Williamson) telling his bizarre tale to a reporter, Arnie Blondestone (Paul Giamatti). Wong starts to spin a tale involving himself and his friend, John (Rob Mayes) and their encounters with a powerful drug with a mind of it's own called "soy sauce". This bizarre narcotic not only gives the user (if they survive it) heightened psychic awareness but, opens doorways to alternate dimensions. But, once doors are opened they are opened both ways and can John and David stop the beings from the other side from entering our world and making it their own. John Dies is a very strange yet amusing head trip of a movie that won't appeal to everyone but, under Coscarelli's guidance, will entertain those who like a movie that isn't afraid to be weird and unconventional. Coscarelli moves things along briskly and we find out what's going on along with David and John as the story unfolds in flashback. The story focuses mostly on David as he's is trying to find out how his friend John's sudden bizarre behavior one night ties in with meeting a very strange Jamaican (Tai Bennett). As he tries to figure out the surreal occurrences now happening around him, he is drawn into a tale that is the stuff of hallucinogenic nightmares and it becomes a quest for he and John to save the world. Coscarelli wisely uses live effects for most of his surreal sequences and otherworldly creatures and what little digital effects there are, are used sparingly and are decent enough. The live action animatronic creatures and gore are very well done by Make-up FX master Robert Kurtzman and his team. Coscarelli is one of those filmmakers that is very adept at making good use of a small budget and probably would be lost on a Hollywood blockbuster and it is one of the things I like about him as a filmmaker. And here he achieves a lot of visual impact on his small budget. The director has also cast the film well,too. No great performances but, everyone is efficient and effective in their roles and approach the material with appropriate seriousness but, not without a few winks at the audience. Clancy Brown in particular seems to be having fun as a TV mystic but, keeps his performance grounded enough to not spill into camp. And there is a delightful cameo from Phantasm's Tall Man, Angus Scrimm as well, to please fans of that series. All in all, this isn't everyone's cup of tea but, if you like stuff offbeat and a bit out there, and I do, then this is a fun low budget fantasy that is refreshingly and unapologetically weird in a good way.

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