John Dies at the End
is the film adaptation of the book of the same name
. It was written for the screen and directed by Don Coscarelli, whom you might know from The Beastmaster
and Bubba Ho Tep
. It stars Chase Williamson and Rob Mayes, with a supporting performance by Paul Giamatti, who is also an Executive Producer.
Provides Examples Of:
- Adaptation Dye Job: Amy is repeatedly described as a redhead in the books, while she's a brunette in the film.
- Adaptation Name Change: Molly the dog is changed to Bark Lee the dog in the film. Word Of God states that this is because the best dog for the part was male. Also, John's last name is explicitly given as "John Cheese," while in the books his surname is All There in the Manual.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the book, David repeatedly describes himself as pudgy and out of shape, while in the film he has a healthy build. John in the film is also much more chiseled than his lifestyle in the book would allow.
- Adaptational Bad Ass: Marconi is a celebrity with magical powers in the books as well, but in the film he also displays karate skills, walks around with a entourage of beautiful ladies, and engineers the entire plan to defeat the villains.
- Affably Evil: The Large Man is very polite and seems to genuinely believe that David and John should feel honored to become one with Korrok.
- Artifact Title: As with the book, John only "dies" partway through the story and gets better pretty quickly.
- Art Shift: The educational film about Korrok's world breaks into a cartoon to portray a scene of mass destruction. It's obviously a budget-saving maneuver (the original scene depicted a miles-long trench of men, women, and children being maimed by Korrok's spiders), but the Large Man justifies it by saying that it will be easier for David and John to watch.
- Asshole Victim: The little we see of Justin White before he gets taken over by Shitload is him being an asshole at the party.
- Badass Mustache: So badass, it rips itself off its owner's upper lip and flaps around the room like a rabid bat.
- Batter Up: John gives David a baseball bat coated with Old Testament bible pages, with nails driven through the end.
- Broken Aesop: In the book, Dave's riddle about the broken axe is meant to foreshadow Monster Dave's identity crisis after he realizes he's not the original. Since the film omits the latter scene and the entire subplot that goes with it, the question becomes irrelevant.
- Chekhov's Gun:
- Amy's amputated hand and the discussion of phantom limb syndrome
- Robert Marley's bandaged hand.
- Composite Character: While she's been Demoted to Extra (see below), at least Amy gets extra screentime by absorbing Jennifer Lopez's role as well.
- Deadpan Snarker: David. John, too, to a lesser extent.
- Demoted to Extra: Amy. While the heroes spend a good portion of the book looking for her, protecting her, and getting to know her, in the film she only becomes relevant to the plot in a single scene.
- Everybody Must Get Stoned
- Eye Scream
- Heroic Sacrifice: Bark Lee.
- It Makes Sense in Context
- Mind Screw: And how!
- Mushroom Samba
- Our Monsters Are Weird
- Non-Indicative Name: John doesn't die at the end.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: Amy is given a prosthetic hand for most of her screentime to make her easier to film without special effects.
- Running Gag: Severed limbs. In addition to Amy's missing hand, John's band "Three Arm Sally" has a logo consisting of three severed arms, and the phantom cop who tries to strangle David has his arm ripped out of his socket - which continues to strangle David.
- Shoe Phone: A Bratwurst Phone in this instance.
- Sliding Scale of Comedy and Horror: It comes closer to the comedy side than the book, which was pretty squarely in the dead center of the scale.
- Your Head Asplode