Young Tom Fortnam is thrilled when he receives his guaranteed to grow mushroom seeds by special delivery mail. His father Bill is then approached by a friend, Roger, who thinks people are disappearing. Bill isn't quite sure what to make of it all until Roger's wife calls him to say that Roger has vanished, as has all of his clothes. When he visits Roger's house, he sees that Roger's son, who is the same age as Tom, is also busy growing mushrooms in the basement. Convinced there is a connection, Bill confronts his son - with fantastic results. Written by
Very sorry to have to say so, but this episode IMHO is one of the very weakest of that otherwise wonderful TV series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" - in fact, it doesn't even LOOK like Hitchcock; it looks like one of those plain, ordinary 'general scare' pictures of the time, 'general' all right, a fear of something horrible, undefinable, something that's 'eating up' everything and everyone - but with a political meaning underneath for sure...
It faithfully follows the footsteps of the 50s' Sci-Fi movies featuring some threat from 'outer space' (or perhaps from Moscow...?), in this case in the not very original or at least amusing shape of mushroom seeds, which have become the latest fashion among young boys in a quiet, all-American small town; and while the kids are growing them in the cellars, more and more people disappear... Well, if anyone took an example from THIS kind of hysteria, it could only have been Stephen King.
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