Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Film Review: Shrooms (2007)

Shrooms (Review)
Ireland/2007
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"...the horror is particularly weak and ineffective..."

A group of American tourists and their tour guide take shrooms in the woods... with psychedelically deadly consequences.

So, Tara (Lindsey Haun) and her friends, which consist of your typical horror cutouts, travel 5,000 miles to culturally-rich Ireland to... consume shrooms? Then, they decide to lock their phones and give the keys to the douchebag jock to achieve... a natural trip? And, for some reason, Tara, who has never consumed drugs, decides to eat a... random shroom she fell near? And, I'm writing like this... why? Okay, if you're wondering about the question marks, it's because the story was just stupid at times. After these dumb choices, the film becomes a traditional "run in the woods from an unknown entity" film. The ending is very predictable and underwhelming, too.

Shrooms is an interesting concept with flawed execution. Although the ideas of going to Ireland for shrooms and isolating oneself while doing it are irrational, the concept of doing shrooms while facing some unknown evil is cool. Early on in the film, I knew what was happening and how it would end, but I was hooked -- I stuck to it to the end and had at least some fun. The suspense is light, and there are only a few gory scenes. There are also some decent visuals. But, overall, the horror is lightweight. And, even at such a short runtime, the film felt too long and bloated -- would've been much more effective as a short film.

Leading lady Lindsey Haun overacted the bulk of her performance; I think it was unintentionally funny because of her performance. The rest of the acting was surprisingly decent, despite the characters being generic cardboard cutouts. There are a couple of scenes that are too dark to see, but the general cinematography was also decent. It's an up-to-standard horror film when it comes to the technical side. Director Paddy Breathnach has a great concept at hand, but fails to utilize it; the horror is particularly weak and ineffective, and so is the story.

Overall, Shrooms is a mediocre horror film. It's not terribly bad, but it doesn't do much, either. It's interesting and short enough to kill an hour and a half, but it's also forgettable and occasionally boring. If you have nothing else to watch and you need to kill a night, this might be worth streaming.

Score: 4/10
Parental Guide: Some strong violence and blood, some implied sex.

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