Shrooms

Shrooms

Paddy Breathnach (2006)

87min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The first horror movie from Irish producer/director Paddy Breathnach (Blow Dry, I Went Down) adds some smart twists to the teen slasher movie formula. Five American students holiday in rural Ireland where their friend Jake (Jack Huston, grandson of director John) assures them that the magic mushrooms are the most powerful going. Tara (Lindsey Haun) ingests a particularly potent fungus just as her friends start getting brutally slain - seemingly by shadowy urban legend the Black Brother. Can she separate stark reality from psychedelic fantasy in order to survive? Breathnach uses some Asian horror-influenced trickery, and it's all beautifully photographed in high acid style, which allows for a few unusual scares. The performances are accomplished - particularly Huston, and Sean McGinley and Don Wycherley as a pair of backwoodsmen - and this gives the film a credibility beyond its genre, although the final revelation rather undercuts what has gone before.

Summary

American students travel to a rural area of Ireland famed for particularly strong magic mushrooms. As they take the hallucinogenic fungus in the depths of a forest, one of the group becomes convinced she has seen her friend die. Separating fact from fiction proves difficult as she realises a sinister presence is haunting these woods. Horror, starring Lindsey Haun and Jack Huston.

Cast & Crew

Tara Lindsey Haun
Jake Jack Huston
Troy Max Kasch
Lisa Maya Hazen
Holly Alice Greczyn
Ernie Don Wycherley
Bernie Sean McGinley
Bluto Robert Hoffman
Director Paddy Breathnach
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: VertigoGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes and drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 23 Nov 2007
Drama