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!
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Sept. 20, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST
Fuck! Just look at him! Does he front a Bauhaus cover band?
Sept. 20, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST
They picked the best possible director for the material.
Sept. 20, 2011, 3:57 p.m. CST
Look like an older Triple H to anyone else?
Sept. 20, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST
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
Time for new contact lenses.
Sept. 20, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST
I'll have what he's having
Sept. 20, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST
Sept. 20, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST
He takes your head and rapes your woman!
Sept. 20, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST
Damn, wrong Doug.
Sept. 20, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST
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
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
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
by Steve weaver
Casting is fantastic
Sept. 20, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST
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
But Clancy Brown looks great... and those women, more so.
Sept. 20, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST
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 JDatE Love Doug Jones Love Paul Giamatti I'm fairly excited.
Sept. 20, 2011, 7:03 p.m. CST
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
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
Sept. 20, 2011, 7:37 p.m. CST
That pic makes me want to lick Clancy Brown
Sept. 20, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST
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
...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
Yup its true.
Sept. 20, 2011, 8:45 p.m. CST
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeUbj_xpv7c Fat and old now, but can still sing. Sounds like Neil Diamond lol
Sept. 20, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST
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
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
Coscarelli needs to quit dicking around and make Phantasm V. Something fans want to see.
Sept. 20, 2011, 10:43 p.m. CST
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
I wonder how it'll end.
Sept. 20, 2011, 10:58 p.m. CST
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
..."This Book is Full of Spiders." (Seriously, that's what it's called)
Sept. 21, 2011, 12:55 a.m. CST
Hope the movie is awesome :)
Sept. 21, 2011, 3:13 a.m. CST
What a geektastic cast. If you added Bruce Campbell to this lineup the internet would implode.
Sept. 21, 2011, 4:09 a.m. CST
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
Phantasm, The Beastmaster, Bubba Ho-Tep... He´s a fine director.
Sept. 21, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST
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
Sept. 21, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST
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
Sept. 21, 2011, 9:49 a.m. CST
Sept. 21, 2011, 10:21 a.m. CST
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
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
He gets all the good action.
Sept. 22, 2011, 8:27 a.m. CST
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!
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