Matango (マタンゴ) is a 1963 Japanese horror film directed by Ishirō Honda. The film stars Akira Kubo, Kumi Mizuno and Kenji Sahara. It is partially based on William H. Hodgson‘s short story “The Voice in the Night” and is about a group of castaways on an island who are unwittingly altered by a local species of mutagenic mushrooms.
Matango was different from Honda’s other films of the period as it explored darker themes and featured a more desolate look. Upon the film’s release in Japan, it was nearly banned due to scenes that depicted characters resembling victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The film was released directly to television in the United States in a shortened form. Retrospective reviews generally commented on how the film varied from Honda’s other work, with its darker tone.
contains the fullscreen US dub version, (and it’s just the way you remember it from late-nite TV!) as well as the widescreen Japanese version with english subtitles. color, mono, runs 87 minutes. DVD-R comes packaged as shown in color DVD case, wrapped in plastic!