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Read the book, don't watch the movie.,
This review is from: John Dies at the End (Amazon Instant Video)
I know, i know, you don't have to tell me. Yes, when a book is made in to a movie everyone complains because such and such a part was left out or something is added that "ruins" the story because it wasn't originally in the book (hardcore LOTR fans hate the movies because they pee on the books). I know that, but this is just a bad movie. I read the book only because i enjoy the author's work writing for Cracked and it turned out to be a really good, creative, and interesting book; I laughed, i cried, i threw up, etc. The movie was a severely watered-down version of the book and only told the basic plot of the story. If i had to quantify it, the movie shows 10% of the book. The characters are base and need some serious fleshing out. In the book John is, well, an a-hole (the lovable kind) but in the movie they don't show or convey any of that. David in the book has his own journey through demons and such and is actually an interesting character...not in the movie.
Visually a lot could have been done to match the book and make things look cool. One scene in the movie shows John and David finding a freezer full of meat that assembles into bodily form as a monster to attack them. In the book, John and David have a dog with them who is quite important to the story but barely mentioned in the movie. They find the freezer full of meat and ignore it to explore the rest of the house. David eventually ends upstairs and sitting when the dog comes and starts licking his hand. Then David remembers that when he first came upstairs the dog was drinking out of the toilet and still is, he can hear it, so who or what is licking his hand? A deer tongue from the freezer...enter meat monster. What's shown in the movie is stupid and pretty ridiculous. Had they done the scene from the book it could have been scary and dramatic, and instead of a meat monster thing seeming stupid and ridiculous could have come across as creepy, weird, mixed with some kind of acid trip. That's just one example.
Stick to the book, this movie is a shame.