Film #124: JOHN DIES AT THE END
John Dies at the End
2.75 out of 5 stars
PHANTASM director, Don Coscarelli, directs this horror-comedy to a varied result. First the good news… the monsters and special FX (most of which looked to be practical) were eye-catching without being too “proppy.” The bad news? Well, thankfully there isn’t a lot of bad news here. The performances are all solid, the direction competent (I’d expect no less). It’s just that – once again - I found the script to be a little on the unfocused side. It’s as if the filmmaker were trying to wedge far too much material into far too little run-time. And while the film does a valiant effort at doing something novel, it pulls from such a well-knowntool chest that it all seems too familiar. Put this on the shelf next to films like TUCKER AND DALE VS EVIL and JACK BROOKS: MONSTER SLAYER. Don’t get me wrong here… The film is fun. It’s just not particularly nourishing.