'John Dies At The End': A must-see comedy horror

Alternate 'John' poster,
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If you're a fan of fantasy and horror movies, you know Don Coscarelli. The writer/director who created the Phantasm series, and has continued to shepherd it through three sequels, along with fantasy epic The Beastmaster and horror-comedy Bubba Ho-Tep (starring Bruce "The Chin" Campbell) has a reputation for crafting odd, eccentric and awesome cinematic worlds.

And he's back with John Dies At The End, a trans-genre horror movie currently available on VOD and iTunes, which is also receiving a theatrical release on Jan. 25.

Adapted from the novel of the same name by Cracked Senior Editor David Wong, the film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last year and stars Paul Giamatti, Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes and Clancy Brown.

The official synopsis is that "it’s all about the Soy Sauce, a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit."

As users drift across time and dimensions, some who come back are no longer human. And when a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. "What it gets instead is John (Rob Mayes) and David (Chase Williamson), 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."

The movie is a trippy wild ride surrounding round a great comedy duo that AintItCool accurately says reminds fans of Shaun of the Dead, Return of the Living Dead and Re-Animator.

This is one of those movies that needs to be seen and supported. Like, now. For a list of theaters that will be screening John Dies At The End, head to Magnolia Pictures' site.