Posts Tagged ‘Comedy’
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 is a comic horror novel written by Jason Pargin (published under the pseudonym David Wong who happens to be the name of one of the main characters in the story). My review is based solely on the fact I have not read the novel, so take that into consideration when reading the review. I will note that after seeing the movie it makes me want to go back and read the novel which is always a good thing.
Being unfamiliar with the movie it did intrigue me since I am a big fan of comedy/horror, yet it is very difficult to find a good comedy/horror movie. For every good one you find there are usually ten bad ones made around the same time. John Dies at the End or JDatE as I will refer to it from here on out is one of those good movies you come across. The beginning prologue hooks you into the story and doesn’t let go until the credits roll. The dialogue is witty and entertaining, but they don’t shove the comedic aspect down your throat. The movie isn’t really scary, but there are some creepy elements along with some gore thrown in.
JDatE is full of weird stuff and as a result keeps you on your toes as you try to figure out where the story is going and what is next. Sure it is very weird, and some things you see leave you wondering WTF? But most importantly the movie doesn’t lose you amongst the craziness. The acting isn’t ground breaking, but each character fits their roles well and some of the cheesiness adds to the charm of the whole film. I wouldn’t put it on the same level as the Evil Dead franchise, but if you like those types of movies I’d definitely recommend seeing JDaTe.
John Dies At The End Trailer
My Rating: 8/10
Originally posted 2013-01-03 08:59:22.
Love presents many challenges to couples…but none so daunting as the one Justin faces with his girlfriend April. Kidnapped by demons, April’s mystery begins to unfold when he finds an ancient book that she has left behind. Using the book, he contacts the demon Lo, ordering it to help him rescue his girl from the fiery pits.
Lo takes a good concept for a film and then makes a not so good film from it. The apparent low budget could be forgiven, but the stage play setup and extremely cheesy parts sprinkled throughout the film take away from the experience. Fans of extremely cheesy films may disagree with me and may enjoy that aspect of it, but it definitely wasn’t for me. The character Lo was done pretty well and was my favorite part of the film, but on the flip side I totally hated the demon Jeez along with his corny song. Jeez should have been more scary than comical, since Lo was able to pull off the terrifying, yet funny at times role. The protagonist Justin was hit and miss, at times he reminded me of Bruce Campbell from Evil Dead, especially with some of the facial expressions, but other times he just overdid it.
The main problem with the film is it was very inconsistent and just when I started liking a part, they interrupted it with something stupid. With a bigger budget and some better editing it could have been good. Lo still had some redeeming value and some people may enjoy it, but it won’t be for everyone.
My Rating: 4/10
Originally posted 2010-04-20 09:25:05.