Matango (1963) - Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Hohum Score



Shipwrecked survivors slowly transform into mushrooms.

IMDB: 6.5
Director: Ishirô Honda
Stars: Akira Kubo, Kumi Mizuno
Length: 89 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 12 out of 70 found boring (17.14%)

One-line Reviews (45)

Though not quite the sci-fi masterpiece that Enrico Ghezzi (eccentric presenter of "After Hours", the programme during which the Honda TV marathon was held) proudly claimed in his introduction, it's quite an engaging and effective piece – if somewhat lacking in pace.

To discuss it would waste further time that I have already lost by watching this crappy movie.

I like the way its shown how the tension & mutual distrust among the characters begins to mount due to the scarcity of food & suddenly some of the members start turning hostile, a somewhat typical trapped in an island/everyone for himself situation, but that was the only part which was entertaining.

Must be pretty boring just hanging around being a fungus.

MATANGO scores very high on the slow-burn creepiness meter, and the story of a bunch of hapless castaways slowly descending in to distrust and madness is utterly compelling.

The film gets off to a promising, albeit slow; start as we see a group of people on a yacht get caught in a storm.

Those looking for a monster movie may be disappointed, since this is more of a suspenseful weird horror movie, I think.

I just found it a bit tedious & boring, I actually started to check my watch to see how long was left even though the film only lasts for a relatively short 70 minutes.

Even as a kid the movie was entertaining.

It is entertaining, albeit in a cheesy way.

When those people are uniformly uninteresting, it's hard to care about their fate.

Don't waste yer time.

You'll need to be on mushrooms to possibly enjoy this boring disaster .

It had some good parts to it, do not get me wrong, but it was incredibly slow moving.

The first half is a bit slow but nonetheless suspenseful, as the characters explore the perpetually fog-enshrouded island, and the second half, in which the fungus folk get it on, is occasionally quite trippy and hallucinatory.

I often find myself searching for films like this and while it is not what its title suggests it will be, Attack of the Mushroom People is a fascinating film that should not be missed.

The contrast between the ignorance of the humans who found themselves in this horrendous situation (and don't know what they're in for), and the slow realization that eventually comes to pass is the most horrifying part of the story.

However, this turning-into-mushroom plot line, though intriguing, was not emphasized enough in this movie.


How can a film about people turning into mushrooms be so slow?

While the premise sounds laughable and ridiculous, this film works remarkably well thanks to Ishiro Honda's capable direction, an initially light and breezy tone which becomes more progressively dark, despairing and nightmarish as the absorbingly strange story unfolds, Hajime Koizuma's bright, fluid, polished cinematography, the stunningly hideous make-up effects, the believably drawn characters, Sadao Bekku's brooding gloom-doom score, the deliciously spooky and mysterious atmosphere, convincing performances by the sturdy cast, Takeshi Kimura's intriguing and wildly imaginative script, and a potent and provocative central theme on how such basic human weaknesses as lust, greed and selfishness sow the seeds of man's ruination.

The Good:Looks excellent for its timeSome good ideasThe Bad:Cast and characters are pretty forgettableVery slow burnThings I Learnt From This Movie:An opportune time to tell a woman you love her for the first time is straight after hitting herCould easily have had a sequel about killer cheese people

Compared to modern films it is a bit too slow and a bit too heavy.

The film is a bit slowly paced at times and too much time is spent on the castaways bickering amongst themselves.

Low and really slow.

intriguing Japanese horror film .

What makes this amazing film so effective is its seductively spare but intelligent screenplay, nightmarish atmosphere, serenely creepy score and stunning special effects.

(Mushrooms, ho hum.

Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this was an entertaining B-movie which could have been much better if it hadn't started out by informing the audience who the lone survivor would be.

Unfortunately, in a theater, MUSHROOM is a bit slow.

Asian horror films have always been very good and much better and more professional than some of the cheesy monster flicks --which were entertaining in their own right.

Character development is crucial (and far too often overlooked in today's blockbusters), but to drag out the main action until virtually the midpoint of the film confounds the viewer more than enlightens them.

Despite a lengthy set-up, the film never drags, as the interplay between the various characters creates compelling conflicts long before the first Mushroom Person hits the screen.

Interestingly, too, the identity of the sole male survivor among them is not immediately disclosed; the revelation at the end, then, takes proceedings into unexpected amour fou territory!

suspenseful, creepy movie.

Hey, it's so terrible, it may be Toho studio's worst movie ever!

Despite the ludicrous title bestowed upon the English version ("Attack of the Mushroom People"), the film is a somber, well done horror yarn with creepy sets (especially the derelict ship in which they take shelter) and an entertaining story (based on "The Voice in the Night", a short story by William H.

Now here's a movie that works on oh-so-many levels - genuinely creepy, yet campy, classic, yet laughably goofy, powerful, yet predictable.

Well, I say "the Japanese" but basically it's once again just the one and only legendary director Ishirô Honda who was responsible for yet another imaginative and extremely entertaining cult classic.

"Gilligan's Island" this film is not, but is probably more entertaining.

This film is a pretty dull and depressing one from Toho, with limited action, adventure, character development and overall sci-fi fun.

Still, it was very enjoyable and entertaining.

Worth watching for fans of 'body-horror' films, director Ishiro Honda's work, or Japanese fantasy cinema in general.

Most of the mushroom action takes place at the end, before that you get lots of build up and infighting between the characters and it just really made for a somewhat boring film.

The "twist" ending was pointless and easily anticipated.