John Dies at the End trailer
For many people this will mean little and the trailer will confuse and perhaps turn off some of you, but those who know the writer and director Don Coscarelli should be viewing this with a whole different set of eyes. Probably ones that belong to some of the strange creatures you'll see in the following footage.
I really don't know what to think of this trailer. It has a number different images and ideas that feel like they should be from different films and there are a number of times where it just totally changes direction from what I was expecting.
What is John Dies at the End? Well the trailer isn't going to help you understand that at all, the blurb though will give you something.
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.
Well it's pretty clear from that what the story is about, and where it's going, but it's definitely not what I was expecting after watching the trailer, and I purposefully read the blurb after the trailer.
Of course if you know who Don Coscarelli is you'll know the exceptional Bubba Ho-Tep (Filmstalker review), the Phantasm films and, if you may indulge me, The Beastmaster. The important one here though is Bubba Ho-tep, and despite Phantasm building up Coscarelli with the convention and horror audience, it's Bubba Ho-tep that is the more complete film for me and the excellent writing and subtexts that captured me so well.
What I hope is that he can bring that writing and style to this film, John Dies at the End, and the opening scene grabbed me thinking I might be headed that way, the rest of the trailer just continued to confuse.
See what you think.