Brief: John Dies at the End
John Dies at the End
As a fan of Don Coscarelli's Bubba Ho-Tep (seriously, if you haven't seen it, you should), I knew I was in for a B-movie with a weird sense of humor. But for this film, that's a drastic understatement, for better and occasionally for worse. The film uses its nesting structure to allow it to veer off in strange directions whenever it wants, which lends a shapelessness to some portions, but even when it retains a focus, this is a weird, wonderful (and often incredibly gory) B-movie. Perhaps it's largest sin is an over abundance of ideas; more than once, I wished I was watching the early episodes of a television show instead of a movie with a sleek runtime. The film is trippy, but it has a strong, absurdist sense of humor that keeps things more grounded than they might otherwise be. And while some jokes fall flat, and some feel like they probably worked better on the page, for the most part the film develops its own sensibility and executes on it with aplomb. Much like Bubba Ho-Tep, I'd say the movie isn't for everyone, but if you can get on its wave-length, it's an often fun, occasionally flawed, thoroughly unique ride, the stuff that, god willing, will be in midnight screenings for years to come.

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