MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 202 this week

The Acid House (1998)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Fantasy  -  1 January 1999 (UK)
6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 5,301 users   Metascore: 55/100
Reviews: 47 user | 30 critic | 15 from Metacritic.com

Three twisted tales of abuse, drugs, displaced personalities and insect life by Scottish writer Irving Welsh.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (stories)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 38 titles
created 22 Oct 2011
 
a list of 46 titles
created 19 Jan 2013
 
a list of 47 titles
created 01 May 2013
 
a list of 32 titles
created 28 Aug 2013
 
D
a list of 32 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Acid House" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Acid House (1998)

The Acid House (1998) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Acid House.
6 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Good Arrows (2009)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A darts player slides into depression after an heart attack spooks him so much he loses his skill.

Directors: Helen Grace, Irvine Welsh
Stars: Jonny Owen, Katy Brand, Brian Hibbard
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

A modernization of the classic western in which the Cowboys are a struggling local amateur soccer team, the Indians run a nearby Tandoori restaurant and the bandits are a group of menacing ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Wooding
Stars: Sean Pertwee, Robert Vaughn, Phillip Rhys
Bad Blood (2005)
Short | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

While Davie befriends Alan Venters, the serial rapist responsible for his girlfriend's HIV related death and his own infection; he struggles to find the perfect means of revenge. Davie soon... See full summary »

Director: Kyle Leydier
Stars: Alan Cumming, Jim Shield, Claudette Mink
Dockers (TV Movie 1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Bill Anderson
Stars: Ken Stott, Crissy Rock, Katy Lamont
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Chronicles the rise and fall of a prominent, and particularly ruthless English gangster.

Director: Paul McGuigan
Stars: Malcolm McDowell, David Thewlis, Paul Bettany
The Reckoning II (2002)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A priest on the lam takes up with a traveling band of actors, who then discover a murder has occurred and try to solve it by recreating the crime in a play.

Director: Paul McGuigan
Stars: Willem Dafoe, Paul Bettany, Marian Aguilera
Filth I (2013)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A corrupt cop manipulates and hallucinates his way through a bid to secure a promotion and win back his wife and daughter.

Director: Jon S. Baird
Stars: James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan
Trainspotting (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.

Director: Danny Boyle
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller
Green Wing (TV Series 2004)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Funky hospital-based sketch-comedy-drama type show.

Stars: Sally Bretton, Oliver Chris, Olivia Colman
Dose (TV Movie 2003)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Philip John
Stars: Kate Jarman, Jonny Owen
Little Angels (TV Movie 2002)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Two young heroin addicts, recently released from prison - both are desperate to "get off the gear". But poverty and boredom in their home town in North England means that it is only a ... See full summary »

Director: Paul McGuigan
Stars: Michelle Pickthall
Comedy

Spring Breakers do battle with an extreme militant extremist sect that attempts to convert them.

Director: Jonas Åkerlund
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Boab (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
...
God (segment "The Granton Star Cause") / Drunk (segment "A Soft Touch") / Priest (segment "The Acid House")
Garry Sweeney ...
Kev (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Jenny McCrindle ...
Evelyn (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Simon Weir ...
Tambo (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Iain Andrew ...
Grant (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
...
Parkie (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Pat Stanton ...
Barman (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Alex Howden ...
Boab Snr (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Annie Louise Ross ...
Doreen (segment "The Granton Star Cause") (as Ann Louise Ross)
Dennis O'Connor ...
PC Cochrane (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
John Gardner ...
Sgt. Morrison (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
William Blair ...
Workmate ("The Granton Star Case") / Deck ("A Soft Touch")
Gary McCormack ...
Workmate (segment "The Granton Star Cause") / Larry (segment "A Soft Touch")
Malcolm Shields ...
Workmate (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Edit

Storyline

Three twisted tales from the seamy side of Scotland and the mind of Irvine Welsh. The Granton Star Cause: in the same day a young Leith lad is dumped by his football team, his girlfriend and his parents, arrested and beaten up by the police and turned into a fly by God, whom he meets in a pub. The Soft Touch: a man is too soft to do anything when his wife moves in with the thug upstairs. The Acid House: while tripping on acid, Coco Bryce is struck by lightning, causing him to switch bodies with a newborn baby. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@bigpond.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 January 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Acid House  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$7,459 (USA) (6 August 1999)

Gross:

$142,783 (USA) (3 December 1999)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was deemed deeply offensive by the UK tabloid press for its inclusion of a swearing, foul-mouthed God. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Morrison: So, what's been happening tonight, Brian?
PC Cochrane: Well, there's the rapist. The guy that stabbed the boy in the shopping centre. And this comedian down here.
Sgt. Morrison: Well, I've had a wee word with our rapist. Seems a nice enough young fellow. Tells us the whore was askin' for it. It's the way of the world, Brian. As for the guy that stabbed the boy - well, silly wee bugger, but... boys will be boys. What's the story with this tube-stake?
PC Cochrane: Caught him smashing up a telephone box.
Sgt. Morrison: [disgusted] Tsk tsk.
See more »

Connections

References Enter the Dragon (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

I Still Miss You
Written and Performed by Arab Strap
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Interesting exercise in surrealism in a film industry dominated by realism.
6 November 2008 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Like Trainspotting a mere year before it, The Acid House adopts the approach of telling a groggy and visually disgusting tale about Scottish people living lives full of drugs, sex and the like in locations that visually repulse you. Remember the 'worst toilet in Scotland' scene in Trainspotting? The Acid House sees its characters pretty much inhabit locations akin to this one 80% of the time and the characters get up to all sorts of equally repulsive activities like unknowingly eating food covered with essence of dog faeces and being buggered by a woman complete with strap on. But Trainspotting wasn't all gross out and allowed us outside into public parks and streets; it allowed us daylight and, to a degree, relief from its content. The Acid House grants us outdoor scenes but has the characters spinning round uncontrollably and presents a lot of its shots in close up format complete with odd angles and fast edits - you could be forgiven for feeling sick.

The Acid House was penned by Trainspotting writer Irvin Welsh and follows a similarly dank and downbeat style of storytelling and setting. This time the film is split up into three shorts rather than one continuous narrative alá Trainspotting which some others might tell you felt like two stories given the path involving the drug deal the film decides to go down right nearer the end. Visually, The Acid House is very similar to Trainspotting but it also blurs the boundary between realism and surrealism in the same fashion Trainspotting did. If there's one thing I enjoyed Trainspotting for, it was the use of the everyday; of the mundane in locales and dialogue as people spouted Sean Connery trivia and made reference to famous goals in World Cups gone by.

But Trainspotting also incorporated a fair amount of surrealism or of the impossible in real life. The Acid House adopts this combined approach and Welsh often uses drugs as a catalyst once again to get across the odd content. A lot of the ambiguity is missing in The Acid House; whereas when Renton went down the toilet and came home soaking wet, there's no obvious link that he literally went down the toilet in order to get wet whereas when the character of Coco (Bremner) is struck by lightening, he has transformed into someone else's body and that's a clear cut reason for the story to even happen. It's not so much a criticism as it is a perspective; the ambiguity worked well in Trainspotting and added to the overall tone of the humour whereas The Acid House crosses the line and tells us that this sort of thing is possible in the film's universe. I have to say that I preffered it when it was ambiguous.

The Acid House's first story provides good ammunition for Claire Monk's theory about the British male in crisis in the 1990s. Boab (McCole) is a young, British male whose life systematically falls apart within an hour or so – he is a man in crisis. He is humiliated and dumped by his partner down the phone for being unable to 'satisfy' her thus rendered inadequate and unfit to adopt the role of a male partner in a relationship. He also looses his job thus becoming unemployed, another ingredient to Monk's theory to do with a male 'panic' in contemporary British cinema. But a meeting with God (Roëves) in a pub, again giving the film a clear cut surrealistic feel rather than ambiguously so, sees him changed into a fly to wreck revenge. This seems to have sparked some controversy given it presents 'God' in a less than flattering manner and has him swear a lot. But more so from my perspective, God is a character that gives certain individuals the powers to maim and harm, something Boab takes full advantage of.

The first story whilst beginning interestingly, minutely fails dramatically with its close ups of half eaten food, dog excrement and fat, sweaty men being penetrated with a dildo in their living room. The second story is easier to identify with in the sense there is a clear source for antagonism and its lead character is put in a position we may feel sorry for. Johnny (McKidd) gets a new neighbour in Larry (McCormack) who doesn't take long to become the crazed individual we sense upon the first meeting. The story is more realistic in the sense it focuses on a lower class part of society as they live in cramped and downbeat living conditions with frequent long shots of other buildings and people looking out of their windows as one. The situation and the manner in which it plays out with people at stake and a distressed baby making itself known at certain times keeps the story routed and somewhat humbling.

The third story is the most outlandish and sees football obsessed Coco struck by lightening thus switching mindsets with an unborn baby. The idea is interesting in the sense it's an adult in a baby's body and vice-versa. But the scenario is played for laughs disappointingly so; Coco can't wait for the next breast feeding session and watches his newly adopted parents go at it in the bedroom with perverted glee. The Freudian elements begin to crop up here to do with a babies mapping on and attraction to its mother but it's a little weak. On the flipside, the film takes a good actor like Bremner and has him lie in a bed screaming for most of the time. I've seen a lot worse but The Acid House isn't a great film; it's grimy and unpleasant but isn't as brilliant as it might think it is.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
TERIBLE DO NOT WATCH bassx-2
Scottish dialect kris-149
well, welsh is not perfect harryh13
Is this film worth watching? x_Jessee_x
one simple question.. acidbathory
Northern Soul computername
Discuss The Acid House (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?