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Five American college students experience a particularly bad trip while vacationing in Ireland and partaking of the local hallucinogenic fungi in director Paddy Breathnach's tripped-out tale of sex, drugs, and slashers. Upon arriving in Ireland to go camping with their old college buddy Jake, Americans Tara, Troy, Holly, Bluto, and Lisa and their host eagerly set out into the wilderness in search of some magic mushrooms. As the trip starts to take hold and the group gathers around the campfire, Tara begins to wonder if she took too strong of a dose after Bluto goes missing, and she feels as if she's somehow witnessed his death. When other members of the group go missing as well, it begins to appear that someone is stalking the group and taking murderous advantage of their altered state. Could it be that this is just a simple case of hallucinogenic panic, or is there an element of truth to Jake's troubling stories of mutilated bodies and unsolved murders in the Irish countryside? The only way to be certain is for Tara to fight for her life and try to maintain her sanity until the morning sun rises and the reality returns. … More
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Critic Reviews for Shrooms
Every element of Paddy Breathnach's Irish slasher movie is so familiar that it feels like a dog-eared horror anthology found down the back of the sofa.
As perhaps befits a film so concerned with being 'under the influence', Breathnach's hallucinogen-driven giallo turns its very derivativeness into a virtue, confounding viewers with a gleeful overdose of cinematic references.
Shrooms may seem great while you're under its spell, but once the drugs wear off and you wake up, it fades pretty quickly ... Still, it's not a bad trip while it lasts.
From the distorting lens used randomly to suggest unreality, to the twist ending lifted verbatim from the superior High Tension, it's about as imaginative as a portobello steak with onions.
Some talent and effort went into creating the visuals; too bad the script appears to have sprouted from the same dung pile as the mushrooms.
There are some fleetingly beautiful scenic shots and the odd atmospheric moment, but scissorhands editing destroys any suspense as it attempts to hide a very obvious plot twist; this is as boring as listening to anyone's drug story.
Not just unoriginal, dull and as scary as the adventures of Noddy, Shrooms makes you want to plant a tombstone in the earth and mourn the death of horror.
A lo-fi shocker with a set-up so perfunctory, if you root around in your popcorn too long you'll miss it.
Student horror fans may find this worth a giggle, but it's not the nail-biting experience the trailers promise.
There are a few effective jump scares but the dodgy acting and an appalling ending marks this out as an interesting first try rather than an indie breakaway hit.
Audience Reviews for Shrooms
A simple slasher flick with a normal twist. Maybe a few creepy moments but otherwise just decent.More
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Shrooms is a movie that offers an interesting premise, but by the twenty minute mark, I realized what I really knew all along. It's nothing new. It's the same old, same old slasher, but the characters are going to be on mushrooms. It creates some solid, trippy imagery that will be something of a fond memory of anyone who has ever tripped before, but as far as a movie to watch; it's nothing special.
So a group of friends travel to Ireland to meet up with a friend and go into the woods, camp, and find some magic mushrooms in the woods. The first night out one of the girls eats some mushroom that she shouldn't have. One that had a black dot on the top and goes into a seizure. She doesn't die, but the mushroom gives her the ability to see what she doesn't want to. She can see what's going to happen before it does. Soon it dives into exactly what you knew would happen from the very beginning. It's nothing more than another slasher trying to be the next "cult" hit.
I liked the first twenty minutes or so where we were getting to know the characters. The acting was bad, but I expected that so it was no big deal. Also, the movie actually was visually not too bad. It created its atmosphere out of the cloudy, damp Ireland woods setting. Nothing original, but not a bad setting at all.
If you want to watch a movie that is just another slasher because you love slashers, Shrooms may be worth a shot. If you want to see something new and original, it's not here in Shrooms. There's definitely an audience for this out there. You know those guys who love psychedelics love shit that's based off of psychedelics. The only problem is the audience for this particular film isn't that wide ranging.
Couldn't finish it because I had a good idea where the film was going.... I've seen it all before- bad acting, young unlikable/shallow college kid characters, stupid jump scares, camping in the woods, etc. Usually I watch movies like this despite how tragically awful they are, but this time I stopped myself and watched something better. It felt good.More
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