The true horror is the spectacularly bad cover art this fun indie is getting from Magnet Releasing.
Look, right up front, I think Magnet Releasing has done right nearly every step of the way by “John Dies At the End,” the adaptation of David Wong’s novel of the same name. They picked up the hard-to-market interdimensional invasion-by-way-of-sentient-drug film which is also directed by the guy behind “Phantasm,” got it in theaters, and get some eyes on it before giving it what seems like a pretty stacked release on home video.
But man, that cover (Valerie says it’s like “Star Wars” meets “Dude Where’s My Car,” and I think it reminds me too much of the French disasterpiece “Resonnances“). It’s a perfect storm of bad Photoshop, someone not telling the designer what the movie’s about, and all four of the featured actors making faces into the camera that would indicate that they’re reacting to at least six different movies.
Don’t be fooled, “JDATE” is worth seeing. Here’s what’s on the disc, which has been dated for April 2:
- Commentary with Writer/Director Don Coscarelli, Producer Brad Baruh, Chase Williamson and Rob Mayes
- Deleted Scenes
- Getting Sauced: The Making of John Dies at the End
- Creature Corps: The Effects of Soy Sauce
- Casting Sessions
- Fangoria Interview with Paul Giamatti