Review of John Dies at the End (2012)

Moving picture, 99 minutes

Seen in 2022.

John does not die at the end.

I recognize this treatment of H. P. Lovecraft from TRPG culture, where chronically ironic teens and twenty-somethings combine a Lovecraftian threat with power fantasies, gags and slippery metafiction, more extreme than The Evil Dead (1981). I read a chapter of the 2001 webserial back when it was trending. Having seen this film I’m glad I didn’t finish the novel, but the novel is probably better than this film adaptation. The adaptation is full of pretty people and bad special effects that exacerbate the inherent tonal problems.

References here: Daybreak (2019).

moving picture fiction