A new street drug that sends its users across time and dimensions has one drawback: some people return no longer human. Can two college drop-outs save humanity from this silent, otherworldly invasion?

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Don Coscarelli

Writers:

Don Coscarelli (written for the screen by), David Wong (based on the story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Allison Weissman ... Shelly
Ethan Erickson ... Sergeant McElroy
Kevin Michael Richardson ... Korrok (voice)
Riley Rose Critchlow ... Girl with Rastafarian
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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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Rated R for bloody violence and gore, nudity, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Director Don Coscarelli stumbled on David Wong's novel as a result of an email product recommendation: "True story: I received an email from a robot on Amazon.com, and it told me if I liked the zombie book I just read, that I would like John Dies at the End. I read the little logline, and it was just amazingly strange. I thought, 'Well this might even make a good movie.' Plus, it had arguably the greatest title in motion picture history." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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 »

Alternate Versions

The original ending was a TV interview with Marconi. It was deemed anticlimactic by the filmmakers according to their DVD commentary. This, and other deleted scenes, are included on the DVD release. See more »

Connections

References Goldfinger (1964) See more »

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Shang High
Written and performed by Paul Ratajczak
(Spozzy Song Music - BMI)
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Hope dies in the middle
20 January 2013 | by sebpopcornSee all my reviews

This movie has one good idea; a drug that lets you see beyond reality. Sadly though, that's it. The rest of the movie is just a badly told mess with no real ideas and a somewhat irritating cheap look about it. I have to be honest I really couldn't be bothered to watch it to the end. It has none of the consistency or style of a movie like for example "from beyond" which tells a similar story but makes it watchable. There's a couple of mildly amusing bits, but they are right at the start and from there on the film goes nowhere.

It's a shame because it did initially look interesting. Although billed as a comedy there are very few attempts to make you laugh. Depressingly the first review on IMDb I saw for it predictably described it as genius.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dave's Story See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,467, 27 January 2013

Gross USA:

$141,951

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$141,951
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1.78 : 1
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