Matango: The Mushroom People (1963 film)

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Matango, AKA Matango: the Mushroom People, Attack of the Mushroom People, Curse of the Mushroom People, The Voice in the Night, Zombi 14: The Mushroom People, Fungus of Terror, Matango the Fungus of Terror, Matango: Fungus of Terror, etc. (1963)


"Attack of the Mushroom People!" A man in a padded cell tells a tale of being shipwrecked on a foggy island with toadstool-eating tourists.


  • Release Date: 1963
  • Country/Language: Japan, Japanese (with English dubbing or subtitles)
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Mystery, Drama
  • Setting: 1960s Pacific Ocean
  • Runtime: 1 hr 29 min
  • Starring: Akira Kubo, Kumi Mizuno, Hiroshi Koizumi
  • Director: Ishirô Honda
  • Writer: Takeshi Kimura (screenplay), Masami Fukushima and Shinichi Hoshi (adaptation), William Hope Hodgson (story)
  • Producer/Production Co: Toho Company
  • View Trailer: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (perhaps equivalent of PG for mild Violence and very mild Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; could be a very loose adaptation)

In addition to being based on a Weird story by an author admired by Lovecraft (William Hope Hodgson), this is a tale about walking-and-talking fungi also features some unsettling body horror, as told by an unreliable narrator patient in a mental hospital....

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


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Shipwrecked survivors slowly transform into mushrooms.


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