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Mushrooms (1995)

A thief with a large amount of cash dies at a bed and breakfast owned by two elderly women. They decide to keep the money but disposing of the body proves extremely difficult because due to... See full synopsis »

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... Flo
... Instep
... Minnie
Brandon Burke ... Lynch
George Shevtsov ... Corris
Boris Brkic ... Grubb
John Gaden ... Reverend Branigan
... Maureen
Berynn Schwerdt ... Flynn
Clarrie Thane ... Constable Barnes
Christina Andersson ... Mrs. Barnes
Kosta Trikaliotis ... Constable Dimitrio
... Mrs. Dimitrio
Tommy Dysart ... Wilson
Nick Salakis ... Constable Andrews
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A thief with a large amount of cash dies at a bed and breakfast owned by two elderly women. They decide to keep the money but disposing of the body proves extremely difficult because due to their own phobias and hang-ups, the ladies cannot leave their house for long periods of time. They devise a way to dispose of the body without ever leaving the house. The situation is further complicated when an investigator begins sniffing around and decides to stay a few nights in the bed and breakfast.

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March 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cogumelos Gostosos de Morrer  »

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Instep's phrase - 'a rag, a bone and a hank of hair" - comes from the poem, "The Vampire" by Rudyard Kipling. See more »

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No chickens were harmed during the filming of this production. See more »

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Sunset Serenade
Lyrics by Alan Madden and Irina Madden, music by Paul Grabowsky
Performed by Barry Crocker
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Not Quite Cannibalism...
3 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

Mushrooms is a delightfully twisted black comedy from Australia.

This not-quite-cannibal tale tells the story of a couple elderly widows- one an agoraphobic; the other a raging kleptomaniac- who are just out there trying to survive...when sh*t starts to hit the fan.

Everything begins, when they start to look for a lodger to help cover the bills and make ends meet.

Upon posting a notice- advertising the availability of the room- their home is taken over by a bank robber, who is seeking to board there, discreetly, for the time being.

However, the police show up a short time later; looking for him. And one of the officers involved in the investigation- himself, approaching retirement- becomes so infatuated by one of the women; that he signs on to live in the free room- with hopes of getting a chance to woo her.

But there are clearly secrets buried in the gardens of these women's past...

Hence, why, when the officer accidentally gases the criminal to death...these ladies opt to cover up the crime, instead of coming clean. They fear the police will blame everything on them. And aren't too fond of coppers, generally.

Que the subtly twisted hilarity, as these two not-so-innocent old ladies, concoct a scheme to get rid of the body. And then further schemes to cover up their cover ups!!! Their ideas are actually quite clever...and productive!!! Eventually providing the film with it's title.

When all is said and done, it is really quite a mild film. But it is saturated with just enough black humour- so twisted- that it manages to keep you intrigued throughout. It's not often, that you find a film existing somewhere in the grey area between being a cannibal film; and not being a cannibal film at all.

Stylistically, it is really quite plain. But this only acts to compliment it's bizarre nature: as normality clashes with the extreme. I was a bit disappointed with the ending...which I felt was too mild. I thought they could have spun in something slightly more twisted; but it is certainly appropriate for what it is.

A fun little film. Worth a watch.

6.5 out of 10.


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