The Acid House (1998)




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THE ACID HOUSE is a surreal triptych adapted by "Trainspotting" author Irvine Welsh from his acclaimed collection of short stories. Combining a vicious sense of humor with hard-talking drama, the film reaches into the hearts and minds of the chemical generation, casting a dark and unholy light into the hidden corners of the human psyche.
NR (adult situations/language, nudity)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Zeitgeist Films

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Kevin Mckidd
as Johnny
Michelle Gomez
as Catriona
Iaian Andrew
as [The Granton Star Cause]
Alison Peebles
as Mother [A Soft Touch]
John Gardner
as Sgt. Morrison [The Granton Star Case]
Simon Weir
as Tambo
Iain Andrew
as Grant
Irvine Welsh
as Parkie
Pat Stanton
as Barman
Alex Howden
as Boab Sr.
Dennis O'Connor
as Cochrane
Niall Greig Furlton
as [A Soft Touch]
John Gardne
as Sgt. Morrison
William Blair
as Workmate/Deck
Malcolm Shields
as Workmate
Stewart Preston
as Rafferty
Scott Imrie
as Pool Player
Cas Harkins
as Skanko
Morgan Simpson
as Chantel (as a Baby)
Marnie Kidd
as Chantel (as a Toddler)
Sarah Gudgeon
as New Girl
William "Giggs" McGuigan
as Pub Singer [A Soft Touch]
Doug Eadie
as CoCo's Father
Andrea McKenna
as CoCo's Mother
Billy McElhaney
as Felix the Paramedic
Ricky Callan
as Tam the Driver
Barbara Rafferty
as Dr. Callaghan
Stephen Docherty
as Nurse Boyd
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Critic Reviews for The Acid House

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (3)

What the three stories do share are solid ideas all dressed up with nowhere to go.

Full Review… | February 28, 2007
Film Journal International

Cheap and unpleasant, yet compelling

June 29, 2004

If I could give this movie a negative rating, I would.

Full Review… | November 9, 2002
Reel Film Reviews

...assaults our jaded senses...

Full Review… | August 23, 2002
Combustible Celluloid

It's a one-joke film that fails to be amusing almost from the start, and shamefully wastes a talented ensemble cast in such a trite and depressing enterprise.

Full Review… | December 27, 2001
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for The Acid House


The Acid House is a vulgar and perverted literary adaption, of three short stories, in the Scottish slums. It is loaded with profanity, and makes the viewer feel like trash, just by watching. Coming into the viewing I heard nothing of it, but judging it's negative critical reception, and lack of publicity, it's one of the most underrated films I ever encountered. It was hysterical black humor, and probably the best film I've seen from the nineties. The first story follows Boab, a lazy lump of dirt, who looses everything in a matter of a few hours. After a bar man philosophical meeting with God, he is turned into a fly. The meeting was surprisingly deep, and asks the true question of "why don't we use our powers". As a fly he gets revenge, and sees with the audience a scene of incredible disturbance. Then there's the most emotionally dwelling story "The Soft Touch". A truly caring but naive man, marries and impregnates a whore. Obviously enough she openly cheats on him, and everything goes down, for the man with no escape. The setting was tense, and while the ending was anti-climatic, it was the most well made of the shorts. Finally there's the story that the film invests the most effort into, The Acid House. This was absolutely, the best midnight humor I've ever came across. Dirty, crazy, and makes Trainspotting, look like it copped out. A dope head switches bodies with a newly born baby, and while switch of bodies has become a comedy cliche, this one actually made it work. I laughed eccentrically and it really completed the film, if there's any reason to finish it, here you go. In conclusion I can't explain my love for this film enough. The score and white trash setting put a mood. The small things like the graffiti and the bigger aspects such as the characters all had there contribution. I laughed and could still take the next scene with seriousness. The Acid House is not acclaimed nearly enough. I highly recommended to anyone who's willing to vitiate there brain, for two hours. I hoe all will love it as much as myself, though that's unlikely

Daniel Dolgin
Daniel Dolgin

Super Reviewer


Nowhere near the genius of Trainspotting, but it was still pretty well made and I was glad to see Irvine Welsh himself wrote the screenplay. The overall production did feel more like a made for television movie, yet all three stories were very well done. The Granton Star Cause was perfectly adapted and really entertaining along with the Acid House, they lacked the same punch of reading them, yet it was fun to see them come to life. I actually enjoyed the Soft Touch more in the film than the actual story it was extremely well acted. So overall a real fun trip that wasn't extremely well made, but still really entertaining. It's got an amazing soundtrack and Scottish director Paul McGuigan did a good job with Welsh's great script. It's very disturbing and fascinating and fans of the hardcore drug fantasy world of Welsh will love it.

Joe L
Joe L

Funny, but only the third story is good.

Alex Figueroba
Alex Figueroba

Super Reviewer

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