The Acid House
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(Aug 21, 2001)
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THE ACID HOUSE is a surreal triptych adapted by TRAINSPOTTING author Irvine Welsh from his own collection of short stories. Combining a vicious sense of humor with hard-talking drama, THE ACID HOUSE plunges the viewer into increasingly bizarre situations: hapless Boab Coyle has a chance encounter with a vengeful God; soft-centered Johnny is forced to contend with a psychotic neighbor and a wayward wife; and "Top Boy" Coco Bryce takes an acid trip that literally takes him back to the womb. Starring Ewen Bremner (Julien Donkey-Boy, BLACK HAWK DOWN), Kevin McKidd (TRAINSPOTTING) and Stephen McCole (RUSHMORE) THE ACID HOUSE reaches into the hearts and minds of the "chemical generation" and casts a dark and unholy light into the hidden corners of the human psyche.
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The first film (The Granton Star Cause 8/10) is a pleasant surprise and high comedy. It is a take on Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis mixed with God, elderly S and M, and a football team. Outrageous and funny it is great black comedy involving a bloke named Boab who is having a very bad day indeed. And as God lovingly points out it is his own lazy incompetence that is basically responsible for his troubles.
The second film (The Soft Touch 10/10) is a top-notch drama that, for me at least, hit close to home. Kevin McKidd portrays a get along cuckolded husband with perfection while Gary McCormick, as Larry is stunning as the upstairs neighbor. American audiences are not used to seeing their protagonists pushed this far without pushing back but to this ear it rang realistic and very sadly true. The third film
(The Acid House 2/10) is a very overlong train wreck that may have worked on paper but fails miserably in film. It includes such Trainspotting regulars as that horrible mechanical baby (Like a demented Chucky) and brainless Coco who amuses for about five minutes before becoming tiresome. Add horrendous dialog, endless poop jokes and an acid trip left over from a Peter Fonda film and you have one great mess. As a five-minute bit it could have worked but time seems to stand still while it drags its bloated carcass on the screen.
God (who appears in all 3 segments wonderfully played by Maurice Roeves) may seem vengeful in the first film and carelessly sadistic in the second, but this viewer was praying to him during the third segment to make the pain go away.