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By Emily Booth, Thursday 9th March 2017 Well if that hasn't poked your curiosity cat, I don't know what will. This week my inspiration comes from Friday night's network premiere Shrooms (great name, great poster); a film that takes us deep down the rabbit hole courtesy of the humble magic mushroom, only there's no wonderland to be found here...
In this Irish horror, director Paddy Breathnach delivers genuine shocks amongst the (sometimes) hilarious hallucinations, taking full advantage of the gothic Irish woodland setting and a creepy campfire backstory to set the tone. A mostly American cast of attractive young 'uns heads to the deep dark woods in search of a head trip they'll never forget, but when one girl takes a particularly potent 'shroom, proceedings take a dark turn as she begins having premonitions of all her friends dying. Problem is, just as the drugs are kicking in, their host somewhat untactfully regales a local legend that tells of mad monks and abused children in the woods, just to make them feel comfortable, secure and happy in the knowledge that this will actually be a fun experience. That's like the last thing you'd want to hear before taking a trip! Suitably freaked out, the friends begin seeing spectres in the shadows and it appears someone or something is indeed after them, but what is real and what is not no longer bears any meaning. So when do you start running...?
Drugs and horror can make pretty good soul mates - after all, drugs unleash the mind and bring those nightmares to life. They make anything possible. Many films have dabbled in the trip, but as you probably know, it is incredibly hard to realise a dream-like sequence onto celluloid without it seeming stupid or cheesy. From the terrifying to the comic, horror films use drugs as a basis for the terror; A Field in England (2013, Ben Wheatley), Brain Damage (1988, Frank Henenlotter), The Trip (1967, Roger Corman), Banshee Chapter (2013, Blair Erickson), and even The Tingler by William Castle in 1959 all enjoy a little mind-expanding. However I have to say the 'talking cow scene' that crops up in one of the trips in Shrooms is hard to beat!
Drugs transform your mind, your habits and even your body. Their addiction has been used as a metaphor in vampire films especially (blood is the drug you need in order to survive) such as Abel Ferrara's The Addiction (1995) and Midnight Son (2011) to name just a couple!
So join us for the trip of a lifetime in this fun hallucinogenic horror! Shrooms gets its network premiere Friday 10th March at 11pm.
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