Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that John Dies at the End is a horror/fantasy movie from cult director Don Coscarelli (Phantasm, Bubba Ho-Tep) that's based on a 2007 cult novel by David Wong. It's an endlessly trippy, oddball experience about a fictitious street drug called "soy sauce" that lets users "see" things. Side effects and withdrawal from the drug are discussed. Bloody, gory fantasy violence is a major issue, with severed limbs, exploding eyes, strange creatures, guns and shooting, and ripped-up body parts (victims include children). Language is also very strong, with occasional torrents of "f--k" and "s--t," as well as other offensive terms. During one climactic sequence, the movie shows a huge group of topless (masked) women, lingering on them for several minutes. This is the kind of underground movie that certain teens won't be able to resist.
Toward the movie's final stretch, a scene shows a large group of topless women wearing masks. They're shown at great length over the next few minutes. In an earlier scene, a fake penis briefly appears where a doorknob should be. Some brief kissing.
Lots of bizarre fantasy violence and scary creatures (though the special effects aren't exactly state of the art). A zombie's head is severed, a squirmy creature is chopped to pieces, a girl turns into snakes, a man's arm is torn off, a teen is shot in the head, a man's eyeballs burst, etc. And there's an even gorier animated sequence in which innocent victims (including children) are captured and ripped apart, leaving a canyon full of bloody entrails. Also guns and shooting, as well as a variety of other disturbing, bloody, and/or gory scenes.
Language comes in fits and starts. In some scenes it's like a torrent, and then it quiets down for long stretches. "F--k" and "s--t" are used many times. "A--hole," "dick," "bastard," "dumb ass," "damned," "penis," "motherf---er," "crap," "hell," "c--k," and the "N" word are also used.
This movie is so bizarre and off-kilter that it's difficult to know which end is up, much less whether anyone learns anything or has any kind of take-way. But on the whole, the main characters appear to indulge in drugs (perhaps inadvertently) and violence with little or no consequences.
The movie comes up with fake brands when needed.
Drugs / Tobacco /
The movie is about a fake drug, dubbed "soy sauce," that has scary side effects. (The drug may actually be a living creature from another dimension.) Many characters -- either older teens or early twentysomethings -- take the drug willingly, but the main character only takes it accidentally (a needle in his pocket jabs him). Addiction isn't discussed, but withdrawing is an issue. Characters drink beer at a party.