Washed ashore after their sea vessel is damaged in a powerful storm, an entrepreneur, a celebrity, a writer, a psychologist, his girlfriend and two sailors wait out the repairs in another boat run aground on the island.
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Matango: Attack of the Mushroom PeopleDirected byIshirô Honda
Shit can cure insomnia. Matango takes too much time lingering on the dull group dynamic and takes forever to establish and use its threat (a good hour of its 90 minutes.) Once a threat is established, not only is one's interest and care dead on arrival, but it becomes just silly. 2008's The Ruins did this similar-concept with actual flinch-inducing terror, despite its villain being just as silly.
This is the first Toho film I've seen that is actually creepy and effective in creating a hopeless apocalyptic atmosphere. Based on a William Hope Hodgson story, and a clear influence on Vendermeer's "Ambergris" series, this is much more a tale of the horrors of survival than a monster-feature(though they are here in a sense). The art-design of the mushrooms and fungul growths are both colorful and haunting.