Attack of the Mushroom People


MATANGO/ATTACK OF THE MUSHROOM PEOPLE is one of the eeriest of Japanese horror movies.  It’s lumped in with the Godzilla movies as part of the Japanese monster wave of the 60s/early70s, but it deserves to be considered along with such classics as ONIBABA.  It isn’t about giant monsters, and the appearance of the creatures in suits is limited to a few shots where they stand around laughing, or embracing their intended victims.  But even in these scenes there is little violence–their threat is their existence, and the promise that the victims will end up just like them.