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A mad journey into the mind of the depraved!

A mad journey into the mind of the depraved!
Recommended for devolved primates only!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


 Probably most well known for almost being banned in Japan upon it's original release because the makeup FX reminded people of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  This Japanese monster flick, Directed by Ishiro Honda, who also did GODZILLA, is sort of a monster movie version of GILLIGAN'S ISLAND except these seven stranded castaways run into mutated mushroom people and then they themselves become part of the walking fungi gang after eating some magical shrooms.  For a good 3/4's of this movie you get nothing but talking heads which is kinda disappointing since I've heard a lot of positive things about this one.  I guess they were going for a more serious approach than a fun monster bash and in that way it works OK but it's also a pretty dull ride.  I've only seen the dubbed American release and apparently the original version, titled MATANGO, works a lot better in creating the bleak portrait the director intended. I'm sure it might also work best if you were a Japanese person who recalled having your country destroyed by radioactive clouds that resembled giant mushrooms. AKA FUNGUS OF TERROR

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