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Don Coscarelli to present the first footage from John Dies At The End at Fantastic Fest! Plus here’s your first look at Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown and Doug Jones in the film!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. The insanity of Fantastic Fest starts in less than 2 days and, as usual, I am in no way prepared for it. What makes FF so great is the layers of coolness packed into 10 days. Sure, you have the great programming, the film’s themselves, but you also get some great social events, including a series of geek debates that always ends in the boxing ring and the Fantastic Feud, a trivia contest in the style of Family Feud.

And then you get the little surprises, like what I’m happy to announce today. Genre favorite Don Coscarelli (director of the Phantasm films and Bubba Ho-Tep) has a new film in the works called John Dies At the End, based on the cult novel by David Wong and while the film isn’t ready to screen just yet Coscarelli decided to debut the first footage at the festival.

So, Fantastic Festers make sure you’re at the 9:15pm screening of Penumbra on Sunday the 25th. Before the feature Coscarelli will be on hand to give us our first look at the film!

But I love all you guys equally, not just my Fantastic Festers, so I brought presents for everyone. Here are your first looks at Paul Giamatti as reporter Arnie Blondestone, Clancy Brown as paranormal superstar Dr. Marconi and Doug Jones as the not-quite-right Roger North. Giamatti's pic is super-sized, so click to embiggen!





This book is crazy-sauce in all the best ways possible and Coscarelli’s got a great eye for bringing insanity to the screen. I’m dying to see the flick, but will settle for whatever surprises Coscarelli is bringing to the Alamo this weekend!

-Eric Vespe
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  • Sept. 20, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST

    No wonder Doug Jones always appears in hideous monster makeup.


    Fuck! Just look at him! Does he front a Bauhaus cover band?

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Ive got to say

    by smatt584

    They picked the best possible director for the material.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Does Clancy Brown

    by hector

    Look like an older Triple H to anyone else?

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Read a third of the book

    by proevad

    and just couldn't get into it. Loved the imagination involved, but I shelved it for the time being. Have to be in a certain mood for works like these.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 4:04 p.m. CST

    At first glance I thought that was Jon Stewart

    by proevad

    Time for new contact lenses.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

    damn Clancy

    by coz

    I'll have what he's having

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST

    The Kurgan gets the hottest babes

    by Cureguy

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    C'mon! More roles for Clancy Brown...

    by BeanGrud

    He takes your head and rapes your woman!

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST


    by MotherPussBucket

    Damn, wrong Doug.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Mr. Homm?

    by Morgan

    Hope this gets a wide release! I had to wait to see Bubba Ho-Tep on DVD when it came out, but I'm hoping Giamatti's name recognition can get this genre film some attention. And I love me some Clancy Brown! Is Doug Jones the illegitimate son of Mr. Homm from Star Trek: TNG?

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Good book

    by alexander

    I hope they don't fuck it up. Clancy Brown doesn't like to fuck with protection, but his roles are always great.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 5:47 p.m. CST

    This door cannot be opened.

    by Happyfat73

    Comedy gold. I hope that scene makes it to the film. Very funny book, and insane in all the right ways. Can't wait.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    this should be great

    by Steve weaver

    Casting is fantastic

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST

    We made quite a bit of money as male whores....

    by Happyfat73

    They used to call you Rocket Rimjob. You won the gold medal at the Greater Nevada Sodomy Olympics back in July, landed a bunch of endorsement deals. You own that house you and Jenifer live in. Paid cash, I think.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 5:53 p.m. CST

    "Does he front a Bauhaus cover band?" - LOL

    by TheHumanBeingAndFish

    But Clancy Brown looks great... and those women, more so.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Poor Doug in a squeezy pic

    by Mephisto the Great

    Jones isn't that bizarre; I've met him a couple of times and, though one of the boniest, skinniest men I've ever met, he's proportional. That pic is altered.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Love Coscarelli,

    by Chocolate_Giddyup

    Love JDatE Love Doug Jones Love Paul Giamatti I'm fairly excited.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 7:03 p.m. CST


    by Kenneth

    Clancy Brown is the perfect choice. Giamatti should be good as the reporter, too. I pictured Robert Forster when reading it, but that works. Who will play Morgan Freeman?

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Who cares?

    by Mo_Rephus

    I want a new and final PHANTASM film!!!!!!!!!! The one we've sort of been promised for 10 years? Sometime before Angus Scrimm dies preferably.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 7:31 p.m. CST

    are the twins in the Clancy pic HelenaMaria?

    by ShiftyEyedDog

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 7:37 p.m. CST


    by Anji

    That pic makes me want to lick Clancy Brown

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Can't wait to see some footage

    by keyserSOZE

    I've traded the occasional e-mail with David Wong since he's an editor at Cracked and I've done some writing there, so I'm dying for this movie to get a wide release. It's kind of like if you went to high school with someone who later became famous; you have a personal stake in their success, because it gives you bragging rights. It's probably the weirdest book I've ever read, but it's hilarious and unbelievably original. If you haven't read it, give it a try. It's so off the wall bizarre, it's great. Lots of subtle little humor thrown in with all of the dick jokes, too (like in the introductory chapter, the main character sits in a chair, one leg breaks, and the main character casually adjusts to the situation like "that's exactly what he expected it to happen.") Just full of great stuff. Hope the movie is as good (though I'm still disappointed Felecia Day isn't playing the role of Amy).

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Been hearing about this one for a long time...

    by fustfick

    ...can't wait to see it. What's going on with BUBBA NOSFERATU? Last I'd heard (on this site, as I recall in a Giamatti interview) Bruce Campbell was out like a cripple in dodge ball and Ron Perlman was taking over the Elvis role. Giamatti was to play a vampire Col. Tom Parker. Sounded cool to me. Though the absence of Campbell's and Joe R. Lansdale's involvement is suspect.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Clancy Brown is Mr. Crabs...

    by diseptikon

    Yup its true.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:45 p.m. CST

    +1 for the Peter Murphy reference

    by proevad Fat and old now, but can still sing. Sounds like Neil Diamond lol

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    That IS hideous makeup. So that makes your whole Bauhaus cover band quip... umm... i was chopped

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Fantastic book.

    by blackwood

    I think I bought it solely on the recommendation of someone from this site. No regrets, laughed my ass off. It actually got me to start reading Cracked.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Make fucking Phantasm V already!

    by Punisherthunder

    Coscarelli needs to quit dicking around and make Phantasm V. Something fans want to see.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Same here, blackwood

    by rsdrum

    I bought the book after seeing so many endorsements from TBers on this site. I was so NOT disappointed. This book is perfect for probably 90% of the people who come to AICN. Total fun, and I was locked in pretty much from the first paragraph.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 10:52 p.m. CST

    This looks like a LOT of fun.

    by Juggernaut125

    I wonder how it'll end.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Um...Quint? Question...

    by Cheif Brody

    Why the hell can I click to embiggen the fuck outta Giamatti's pock mocked fugly mug...and not the pic of the two smokin hot twins on Clancy Brown's arm? <p> Seriously, dude. Priorities!

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST

    I can't wait for the book's sequel...

    by keyserSOZE

    ..."This Book is Full of Spiders." (Seriously, that's what it's called)

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 12:55 a.m. CST

    This book ownned

    by Josh

    Hope the movie is awesome :)

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Clancy Brown, Paul Giamatti AND Doug Jones??

    by goatboy500

    What a geektastic cast. If you added Bruce Campbell to this lineup the internet would implode.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 4:09 a.m. CST

    Love the fact that Coscarelli is making this

    by melonman

    I still hold out hopes for him making a truly great movie one day. As much as I like his Big Three (Phantasm, Bubba Ho-Tep, The Beastmaster) I can't help feeling that his there's a lot of unfulfilled/wasted potential there. And Giamatti is going to be great in this.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 6:22 a.m. CST


    by CuervoJones

    Phantasm, The Beastmaster, Bubba Ho-Tep... He´s a fine director.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST

    like Cracked, like Wong's writing on

    by phifty2

    there but I just couldn't get into this book. Also, please give us Phantasm's End already.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Clancy Brown Looks like Biff Tannen with those two broads

    by Larrylongballs

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST

    I just can't see the book translating well to film

    by Tom

    I literally finished it less than 12 hours ago. I'm usually a quick reader, but the book took me two months to finish. Part of that was due to moving and frantic job hunting, so I only had time to pick at it a couple pages at a time, but another part of it was that it wasn't very compelling. I'm really torn on it. I mean the wit was amazing. Almost every single page had something on it that was laugh-out-loud funny. One day I sat in a coffee shop reading it, and I kept laughing so much I was getting stares. And the humor keeps up all the way to the end! But...the narrative was really bad. Really disjointed, absolutely NO flow to it whatsoever. The author is great at making dick jokes, but terrible at stringing together a coherent plot. 90% of the book just felt like one fucked up "let's see how weird I can make this" scene after another, only the scenes weren't really connected. Half the time I had absolutely no idea what was going on or who the narrator was talking about. And sadly the ending didn't really bring it all together very well. It answered questions, but left a ton of unsatisfactory explanations for things. And oddly enough the humor kind of became a problem too, because while I guess for some people it heightened the insanity of it...for me, it ruined the scare. It was a horror novel written by a comedy writer, and that's what it felt like. Things that should've been horrifying, he wound up making fun of so it wasn't scary at all. It wasn't an awful book, I mean I enjoyed it enough to finish it rather than just putting it down and forgetting about it. And I'm looking forward to seeing just how in the hell they're going to film some of the bizarre shit that happened in the book, and distill it into a coherent movie.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 9:49 a.m. CST

    And the book rocked.

    by ClayMatthews

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Doug Jones should star in a Tim Burton film.

    by flax

    For some reason that idea popped into my head immediately when I saw that picture of him. I guess it must be because he looks a bit like Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    so when do we get...

    by carlotta_valdes

    Clancy Brown and Ron Perlman in a badass 'Buddy Marshal' turn of the century western where they track down a nasty gang of outlaws using old school tactics they acquired during the civil war? ...and can neither of them die in the movie? They've both suffered from SBD for too long (Sean Bean's Disease) Have these two great character actors ever been in the same film? Make it so somebody! Sorry to veer off topic.

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 12:58 a.m. CST

    That last pic of Brian Cox with the two dames is awesome

    by Happyfat73

    He gets all the good action.

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 8:27 a.m. CST

    How did this get made?

    by fireclown

    This is too cool, and too good for a big screen release. Someone fell asleep at the switch at the best possible time. Viva JDATE!