I just don't know where to begin with this one...I gave it five stars because I haven't laughed so much in years. Not because it was "so bad it was good", but because laughing was really the only way to get through it while still maintaining a bit of sanity.
It begins with a "mad scientist" - apparently a 20-something who lives in his parents' basement - laughing maniacally while stirring together vinegar and baking soda until it foams from his beaker. Stirring, mind you, with a test tube because he is mad, and madness demands we not follow lab protocol!
For some strange reason, he ends up at a bed and breakfast (though it looks more like maybe his neighbor's house), spills his test tube of top secret goo, which in turn spills onto mushrooms, causing all hell to (much later) break loose.
There's loads of fun with camera angles, random activities (such as 5 minutes of dusting or chopping a stick repeatedly with a plastic ax), and, uh, "artsy" shots of random objects (for funsies, I suppose). At one point there is a random encounter with some type of "army guy" wielding a dollar store "machete". I'm guessing he's an "army guy" due to the low dialogue sound at this point (though the "soundtrack" is consistently blaring).
At one point, there is some type of decision to make part of the movie happen inside a strange white frame, so instead of looking like a really terrible home movie it looks like a really terrible home movie occurring inside an old Polaroid picture. Oh, and there's mushrooms. Lots of mushrooms.
My favorite shroom has got to be the Killer Toilet Shroom of Utter Terror (we will call him Bob from now on) that, upon getting peed on, gets angry and chases a guy. Now, I have to say, Bob is the best actor in the whole movie. You couldn't even tell he was acting! The rest, not so much. Though the CGI shrooms were pretty good actors, too. Just not nearly as believable.
So, yeah, it was absolutely terrible. But terrible in a "What Does the Fox Say" kinda way, where you just have to keep watching it, wondering what you are watching. And you definitely have to pass on the torture to your friends. If you want a real movie that is good, you probably will be let down. But if you're a fan of the terrible, this movie will raise (or is it lower?) the bar.
FUNGICIDE is an ultra-low budget film (aka: home movie) . It's about a mad scientist named Silas, who lives w/ his parents. Silas goes to stay at an inn (aka: someone's house), where a wrestler w/ an anger management problem, and a shady real estate developer are staying. While entering the inn, Silas trips and spills a test tube filled w/ a secret formula on the ground. Chaos and death ensue when the formula is absorbed by some mushrooms. The guests, along w/ their hippie hostess and a reality show crew, are besieged by the ferocious fungi. One by one, the humans are slaughtered by the terrible toadstools. If you can stand sub-zero production values, heinous "acting", and ridiculous monsters, then FUNGICIDE might be worth watching. However, you might want to drink heavily beforehand. It's semi-humorous, and the characters, though imbecilic, are rather endearing. Besides, it's supposed to be utterly absurd! Some of the Mushroom vs.human fight scenes are hysterical! It's when the giant CGI 'shrooms show up that things really take a nosedive. I for one, still wake up in a cold sweat, w/ the sight of those sinister 'shrooms gnawing at my brain!...
A truly original and magnificent production about the horrors of mycology gone wrong in a rural area where a band of people must set aside their differences and battle an unexpected foe and find a way to combine their individual skills to survive. "Fungicide" is a decadent and artful effort filled with a combination of practical special effects and cutting edge computer generated imagery, and you will find yourself astounded by this spectacle. Can your minds possible even fathom the heart-pounding and exciting final 30 minutes of this one of a kind film experience?
More of a home movie or student project than a film I'd expect to rent. But there is a plot, and a lot of work went into it. Give it a try if you're curious, or just want to see what can be done with simple equipment and a few bucks and a script in hand. A lot of work went into it, and I found it amusing at times. Say what you will, they made a complete movie, which is a feat in itself.
On a scale where Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is 5, and Thanksgiving is 3-4, this would still rate a 1. Fortunately there is no such scale, so I'm going to create one and call it the Poorly Made Really Stupid Movies Scale (PMRSMS). Even the opening credits were poorly done! The end credits had to be chopped off because of the horrible sound...er..."singing" coming from the speakers.
Granting that this was not intended as a serious "horror" movie nor as a comedy, this still doesn't make for entertainment, unless you are more bored than I was.
This movie could not have possibly described my own personal biography in a better light. I've seen this movie several times. Each time I walk away from it, I still maintain the persistent stereotype that nerds (or mad scientists in primordial terms), should never be left alone in their mother's basement.
For those who are actually serious b-rated movie fans, this one is absolutely high ranking. It ranks as high as Dinner with an Assassin among many others. Fungicide has always been on my top 5 list for the past 10 years, which is a big statement in my books. This movie outperforms industry standards for low budget films including Ninja Death, Troll 2, and probably ties with Gymkata.