"Absurdist and Bizarre Occultism"
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JOHN DIES AT THE END is gross, violent and packed with foul language. Worse, it has an undeniably goofy tone that makes for some absurd fun. That said, the heroes use occult powers to help them defeat evil. This outcome and the movie’s depiction of immoral behavior, foul language and extreme violence are morally and spiritually unacceptable. JOHN DIES AT THE END also contains some teenage drinking and very strong drug references. Finally, a priest consulted for an exorcism turns out to be a demon himself.
(OOO, PaPa, B, AbAb, LLL, VVV, S, NN, AA, DDD, MM) Very strong occult worldview with strong mixed or pagan elements and light moral elements in a comical context following the misadventures of two slackers with supernatural, occult powers, like psychic abilities, who use their occult powers to save the world when a portal to Hell is opened, plus a priest turns out to be a demon instead of a helpful exorcist, and a Christian detective’s eyes explode while supposedly driving the two protagonists to safety; at least 110 obscenities and profanities (including many “f” words); very strong gory violence includes wall to wall monsters and creatures of all shapes and sizes (from mite and flea-size nuisances that fly in stinging swarms to a giant spider-like beast and a final giant black monster intended as the top demonic creature in Hell), numerous shootings, stabbings and ax attacks are used by the heroes and their enemies throughout to fight the evil beings, and incredibly graphic depictions of overflowing blood and exploding organs, as well as a couple of heads that explode when shot; no depicted sex, but a large group of topless women wearing grotesque pig-like masks surround the heroes and leads them into the final showdown in Hell; shots of upper female nudity; a couple party scenes show teenagers drinking alcohol, with intimations of drunkenness; somewhat complicated, very strong references to drug use where much of the movie’s action, and bizarre imagery is created by the heroes and others taking a liquid drug via injection, which enables users to see the occult things and creatures that are “really” behind the daily operations of the world, with some of the characters injected against their will, but some of them appear to enjoy their drug experiences; and, people deceive and lie to others to get what they want and a woman’s deceased husband returns as a zombie and harasses her.
JOHN DIES AT THE END is a bizarre, bloody horror comedy. It follows the misadventures of two slackers who have to save the world when a portal to Hell is opened. The movie has a mixed worldview with extreme gory violence, abundant foul language, some irreverent comedy about demonic activity and Christian beliefs, and brief nudity.
What little coherent plot exists in this intentionally manic movie centers on a new street drug, nicknamed Soy Sauce, that can send its users across time and dimensions. However, when the people return, they are no longer human but have become monsters or undead zombies.
John and Dave are two college dropouts who have supernatural, occult powers, including psychic abilities. It’s up to them to save the world when one drug user inadvertently opens a gate to Hell, unleashing all types of comically gross and scary monsters on Earth.
JOHN DIES AT THE END is gross, violent, and packed with foul language. Yet, it has an undeniably goofy tone that makes it clear that writer-director Don Coscarelli is trying to have absurd fun with these themes rather than treating the subjects of Hell and the occult in a really serious way. Its effects are impressive, especially considering it was likely made on a relatively low budget. Also, Coscarelli keeps things moving at a breakneck pace with dozens of funny lines and reaction shots by the actors to the onslaught of occult creatures coming their way. In one funny scene, a dog suddenly begins to talk. In another absurd scene, John telephones David from the future.
That said, the heroes use occult powers to help them defeat evil. This outcome and the movie’s depiction of immoral behavior, foul language and extreme violence are morally and spiritually unacceptable. JOHN DIES AT THE END also contains some teenage drinking and very strong drug references. Finally, a priest consulted for an exorcism turns out to be a demon himself.