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The John Dies At The End trailer premiered at Fantastic Fest today, but you can watch it right now!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Don Coscarelli and Doug Jones showed up at Fantastic Fest today to premiere the trailer for their upcoming effort John Dies at the End as well as a few minutes of lead Chase Williamson in a car talking with Jones' Roger North, a mysterious stranger not from around these parts.

That footage, featuring a pain-inducing slug of some sort, is not online, unfortunately, but the trailer is and it's a good one. Coscarelli's last big cult indie hit was Bubba Ho-Tep and you can see a lot of that creativity and weirdness on display here.

So, see Paul Giamatti being awesome, Clancy Brown being a badass, Chase Williamson being funny, the teacher from Gremlins/Super 8 being odd and a bunch of really creepy dudes in masks and hope we get to see this one in a theater near us sometime in the foreseeable future!



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  • Sept. 26, 2011, 3:48 a.m. CST


    by vee dagama

    ever ! i like Giamatti.

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 3:51 a.m. CST


    by vee dagama

    the title is one.

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Doug Jones gotta eat.

    by belasco_house

    No, seriously, somebody tell 'im. Movie looks fun though.

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 3:57 a.m. CST

    bur srsly

    by vee dagama

    this looks very good: Clancy Brown is coolness personified and it looks like there are a bunch of practical effects too. A shame that this will run in the theatres for about 5 mins before it's sentenced to dvd hell. :(

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 4:03 a.m. CST


    by Xen11

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    by Xen11

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 4:03 a.m. CST


    by Xen11

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 4:03 a.m. CST


    by Xen11

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 4:05 a.m. CST

    Goddamn enter button

    by Xen11

    Wasn't Don Coscarelli supposed to direct Bubba Nosferatu with Paul Giamatti ???? So did he give up on that and create this instead? Which is the better choice, because its a horrible idea to do Bubba 2 without Elvis himself.

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 6 a.m. CST

    Hell yeah!

    by Happyfat73

    I loved the book - thought it was fucking funny, as well as batshit insane. This trailer looks like it's got the batshit crazy thing right. Let's hope it brings the funny.

  • I never did get around to reading "John Dies At the End" though. I would now, but then Ive wasted all my free time reading lists of bizarre and humorous facts. Looking forward to the film.

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 6:16 a.m. CST

    Any suggestions for those who enjoyed the book?

    by beastie

    Kind of a modern Vonnegut category. I've read Crooked Little Vein, and the Sandman Slim series. Does anyone have any other suggestions for something along these lines? These books are great guilty pleasure reads.

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Finished the book on Saturday

    by jimmythesaint

    and loved it. Hilarious, terrifying and often pretty deep at the same time. I have total faith in Coscarelli and the cast to pull this off. Looks like they've eschewed the Las Vegas stuff in favour of combining it with the second half of the book (is that Clancy Brown in Shit Narnia?), which makes sense adaptation-wise.

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 7:44 a.m. CST

    I have no idea what was going on there

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    but it looks awesome.

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Bout time jigsaw was in something else. Guy has great presence

    by UltraTron

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Wish you could still read the online version somewhere.

    by spacehog

    I've been reluctant to buy the book because I heard there were a lot of changes, many of which the online-version-readin' folk did not like...unfortunately it's been so long since I read the online version, or the comparisons between online and print, that I have no real idea what I'm talking about. Anyone read both versions and have an opinion?

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Has a real...

    by Therealumlaut

    eXistenZ feel to it. Yay!

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 8:28 a.m. CST

    John is the name of

    by Xen11

    their freedom. John=penis=pissing=relief=freedom

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Wow. That looked great!

    by Rob

    Absolutely fantastic!

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Love the look of those

    by melonman

    Coscarelli does horror Matrix - could be his masterpiece

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 9:03 a.m. CST

    freakin' BED BUGS.....Looks like an attack of giant bedbugs

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    ---creepin' me out man

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    @Beastie (suggestions)

    by Jarek

    I'd highly recommend these authors if you're looking for that style: Christopher Moore, and Tim Dorsey. Moore plays more in the supernatural field like JDATE, and Tim Dorsey has written a very bizarre post-modern series that's like Hunter S Thompson, Vonnegut and Dexter had a baby. Serge Storms will be one of your favorite characters by the time you're done the first book - and there is 11 more after that!

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 10:05 a.m. CST


    by Amy Brown

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Pure awesome.

    by blackwood

    It's a funny book - often laugh-out-loud funny - but it's also deeply creepy. There are few things that can do both well. Really dig the trailer, the practical effects, the low-budget griminess. I hope they hit it out of the park. The material deserves it.

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST


    by beastie

    Thanks for the recommendations. I've read Moore and he's not really for me. Tim Dorsey sounds like a good read though and I'll give it a shot.

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST


    by johnny shirley

    Simon r green,, nightside series Is great fun he's on book 13 by now

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST


    by Jarek

    Out of curiosity, which Moore books did you read? Because his most popular books are among his weakest. As for Dorsey, start at the beginning with 'Florida Roadkill' and try and read them in order. The series has more ongoing characters than 'The Wire', so you'll get lost if you don't.

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    I hope the Vegas part is in it

    by LoLWut

    That is the motherfucking CLIMAX of the first half of the book, you can't just cut that shit out.The level of pure madness in that part of the book made me laugh and giggle like a fucking kid. I man come the fuck on, I and I KNOW EVERYONE ELSE wants to see/hear their guitar playing skills AND SINGING !! If they do cut anything I hope its the 3rd chunk of the book, it sort of meanders there and you can tell that he was trying to stretch shit out for the finale. From the trailer it does seem to leave in the batshit opening chapter, sure hope they have a penis handle..... ;)

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST


    by blackwood

    I was thinking the same thing, re: spontaneous cockening of door handle. I doubt it will be left in. I hope so, but I doubt it.

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST

    I read Lamb and one about Vampires.

    by beastie

    I hate to sound jaded, but they were just too uplifting for my tastes. When I read, I like cynical. Though, I did like some of the out of the box ideas about Christianity that were presented in Lamb. Does he have better books than those?

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Is it just me...

    by Dr Eric Vornoff

    ...or did anyone else have trouble making out most of the dialogue in that trailer? Maybe I should get my hearing checked out. Looks cool, though.

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 12:41 p.m. CST

    @beastie - yup

    by Jarek

    Those two books aren't even in his top 5. In order (IMO): 1) A Dirty Job 2) Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove 3) Fluke 4) Practical Demonkeeping 5) The Stupidest Angel... Coyote Blue is also pretty cool. To stay on topic: can't wait for the John Dies at the End movie, though the 'wig monster' looks different than anticipated. Still, looks great.

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Re: lolwut *BOOK SPOILERS*

    by jimmythesaint

    Hate to say it, but it looks like Vegas is out. Halfway through the trailer there's a couple of shots of what appears to be Shitload-Justin leading Dave, John, J-Lo and Fred Chu around the abandoned mall, where I'm guessing much of the action has been re-set for budgetary reasons. If nothing else, I hope Don's found a way to keep John's endless array of chair-related puns, which was one of my favourite bits of the book.

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Hell yeah

    by disfigurehead

    I'll see that.

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Can't wait!

    by Lummox JR

    I've been waiting impatiently for this film since I first heard it was being made. The book is practically a yearly read now for me, and I don't even like the horror genre at all. The trailer looks like it hits on all the important points of the book and I absolutely love everything I'm seeing in it. For those who were worried the print book makes too many changes from the online version: I can't speak for the newer hardcover, but the Permuted Press paperback edition had no significant changes that I could spot. It's definitely worth reading while you wait for the movie, I think. In fact I'm so jazzed up for the film that with October rolling around anyway, I'm thinking of giving the book yet another read soon.

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 1:45 p.m. CST


    by cobrakinte

    Agreed about the chair puns. I don't know why but that's the part of the book that sticks with me the most.

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    recommendations for beatie

    by cobrakinte

    Try "Your Days are Numbered" and "How to Disappear Completely" by Myke Bartlett. You can download the podcasts at, but I think they are also available in print. They are kinda like if Douglas Adams wrote a noir-ish series. Also I agree with jarek about Tim Dorsey. I think he even has a free book on Kindle (Atomic Lobster).

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Sorry beaStie

    by cobrakinte

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the suggestions.

    by beastie

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 2:48 p.m. CST


    by MooseMalloy

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST

    God, that looks perfect.

    by NixEclips

    Coscarelli really got it right (I hope).

  • Sept. 26, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST

    I am so looking forward to this!

    by CrusherJen

    2012 is far too long to wait. I want this now!