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Episode 54 - John Dies at the End (2012)


Just like the titular John, we didn't die at the end! We return from an entirely unplanned lengthy hiatus to (hopefully) get back to regularly scheduled programming with the cult horror/comedy John Dies at the End, which currently stands as the last feature directed by Phantasm creator Don Coscarelli. 

The 2012 adaptation of Jason Pargin's webserial turned novel is schizophrenic, unfocused, difficult to describe, a testament to 20-something slacker culture of the early aughts, and also...kind of perfectly emulates the framework of an H.P. Lovecraft short story? Cheap looking at times and often losing something in its adaptation from print, John Dies at the End nevertheless still captures -- in its own peculiar way -- what it feels like to first experience that existential numbing that results from accepting that you have no control over your life.

Skip to 24:23 if you want to avoid brief discussions on Moon Knight, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and the movie games Jim has been playing on a daily basis: Framed, Moviedle, Actorle, and the Box Office Game.


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