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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 4:46 pm    Post subject: Matango (1963) Reply with quote


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MATANGO (Toho,1963), or ATTACK OF THE MUSHROOM PEOPLE (U.S.title), is one of Japan's scariest, most unusual science-fiction thrillers. Directed by the great Ishiro Honda, it tells the story of seven shipwrecked people who come across a fungus infested island and ghost ship. Soon, unable to bear the lack of food, they succumb to eating the poisonous spores and slowly begin to deform into deadly, fungal monsters.

Kind of a Japanese take on INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956), MATANGO is different from most of Japan's sci-fi films in that it focuses more on the psychology of the characters than it does on fighting the menace on the island. This isn't saying MATANGO doesn't deliver its share of chills — it does — and the fact that the characters all come off as somewhat unstable only makes their situation even more dismal. The claustrophobic atmosphere also adds to the steadily increasing feeling of impending doom.

The real horror is ultimately found in everyone's inability to resist eating what they know will destroy their humanity.

The special effects are by the legendary Eiji Tsuburaya, best known for the Kaiju films featuring Godzilla and other giant monsters. MATANGO's Mushroom People aren't gigantic, but they're just as invincible. Hajime Koizumi's moody cinematography captures the slimy atmosphere of the rotting ship, as well as the steamy, fungal jungle of the island.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't seen this movie since the 1960s, but I have read the story it is based on. Read the 1907 story, "The Voice in the Night" by William Hope Hodgson here: http://gaslight.mtroyal.ca/voicenig.htm

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or if you want a scary audiobook, William Hope Hodgson's tale is one of the stories in a Librivox collection here, "Short Ghost and Horror Collection 005."
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Wouldn't you just love to see a poster with a monster carrying a girl, but instead of her being gorgeous and terrified, she's pug ugly, slightly overweight, and looking delighted to be in the arms of the monster, resting her head on his chest while she smile's blissfully.

Just a thought.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2016 5:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the movie available for download anywhere?

It sounds very much like Clifford Simak's short story "Drop Dead". You can download the pdf file at

http://www.librelib.com/download/21796

and you can download or listen online to the X Minus One radio play at

http://www.oldtimeradiodownloads.com/sci-fi/x-minus-one/drop-dead-1957-08-22
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bud Brewster wrote:
Bobo, I just LOVE being smarter than the average bear!


BOBO?

Bobo was a gorilla at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobo_(gorilla)

I think you meant Boo Boo. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo-Boo_Bear
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2016 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Eadie, it was just a whim.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not exactly on topic, but more than once I've seen the title of this film misspelled as "Mantango."

"Man Tango" sounds like Jack Lemmon dancing with Joe E. Brown in Some Like It Hot.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

scotpens wrote:
Not exactly on topic, but more than once I've seen the title of this film misspelled as "Mantango."

"Man Tango" sounds like Jack Lemmon dancing with Joe E. Brown in Some Like It Hot.

Well, nobody's perfect.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bud Brewster wrote:
Wouldn't you just love to see a poster with a monster carrying a girl, but instead of her being gorgeous and terrified, she's pug ugly, slightly overweight, and looking delighted to be in the arms of the monster, resting her head on his chest while she smile's blissfully.

Just a thought.
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Right. I'm sure that image would sell a lot of tickets. Laughing

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