Dark, powerful, yes, and unforgettable.
This is one of only two movies that have ever given me nightmares and for some time at that. I wasn't really small, either. The original story by Hodgson is admittedly simple, but it is very powerful. The concept, original as far as I know, of people becoming the fungi they eat is disgustingly powerful. As a side remark, I was told at the time of its showing here that the Japanese adaptation for the movie was meant to be a symbolic warning against the use of drugs. (Mushrooms, ho hum.) If so, I'd rather not believe it, since it trivializes the movie.
- Dec 10, 1998
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