- 1 hr 25 min
Shrooms (2007) is a horror film directed by Paddy Breathnach and starring Lindsey Haun, Jack Huston, and Max Kasch. The movie is set in Ireland, where a group of five American college students embark on a weekend trip to the countryside to experiment with magic mushrooms. The protagonist of the film is a young woman named Tara (Lindsey Haun), who decides to go on the trip with her friends despite having a disturbing premonition of her own death. Tara's companions include her boyfriend Troy (Jack Huston), his roommate and best friend Jake (Max Kasch), as well as two other couples, Holly and Bluto, and Lisa and Roy. The group sets out on their journey into the woods and soon discovers a vast field of mushrooms that is rumored to have magical properties. They proceed to ingest the mushrooms with the intent of experiencing hallucinations and altered consciousness. However, their experimental trip quickly takes a dark turn when one of them has a terrifying hallucination that he cannot shake off. From that point on, the group's perception of what is real and what is a hallucination becomes blurred. They begin to experience paranormal activity, including visions of ghosts, sinister laughter in the distance, and disturbing flashbacks. Things take a turn for the worse when Tara disappears, and the group must navigate through the woods filled with mysterious and horrible beings, which may or may not be a product of their own imagination. The film is a blend of horror and thriller, with elements of gore and violence. It also explores some dark themes, including drug use and mental illness. The characters are reasonably well portrayed, and the dynamics within the group are explored in a sufficiently engaging manner. The setting of the movie adds to the eeriness, with the dense overgrowth of the forest, and the cloudy landscapes contributing to the overall unsettling vibe. The use of music and sound effects in the movie is exceptional, enhancing the tension and suspense in several scenes. The camera-work is also impressive, with a mixture of handheld and steady camera shots, making the viewer feel like they are actively a part of the group's journey through the forest. Overall, Shrooms is an interesting and somewhat unique addition to the horror genre. It is not a perfect movie, with some drawbacks in terms of pacing and some predictable plot points, but it does offer an engaging story with a satisfying ending. It will appeal to fans of horror movies who are looking for something a little different from the usual jump-scare-ridden fare. In conclusion, Shrooms is a film that is worth a watch if you are a fan of the horror/thriller genre. With solid performances from the cast, impressive cinematography and sound effects, and an engaging story, the movie succeeds in delivering a satisfying viewing experience to the audience.