Two air-headed friends, the tall one (Crippler
Criss) and the short one (Master W) go onto a camping trip
into a forest - mainly to get wasted somewhere other than at home.
however, once at their camping site, they get into a stupid rowe about
nothing, and rather by accident, the tall one kills the short one. His
first reaction is to immediately bury his friend and to destroy all the
evidence to not get into trouble - but then he meets a dwarf (Master W
again) who tells him about some magic mushrooms that just might bring his
friend back to life.
So the tall one sets out to go on a mission to find
the mushrooms, and first stop is a hippie (Master W again) whom he has to
torture the source of the mushrooms out of, then on the way to the
mushroom dealer, a hermit living in the far end of the forest, the tall
one hooks up with a psychotic and delusional soldier who believes himself
part of a battalion at war - though he only imagines both his comrades and
the enemy. Before long, the tall one and the soldier get into such a fight
that the soldier decides to execute the tall one - wehn eh himself is shot
by the non-existant enemy.
Finally, the tall one makes it to the
hermit's (wouldn't you know it, Master W again) place, but the hermit
turns out to be a cannibal more interested in fresh meat than anything
else - and he wants the tall one's right arm in exchange for the location
of the mushrooms. The tall one agrees but tricks the hermit into losing
his own arm instead.
On the way to the mushrooms, the tall one meets the
spirit of his dead friend, who brutally attacks and seriously injures him,
and the head mushroom - which rapes him ... but ultimately, he makes it
back to his friend's makeshift grave with the mushrooms. Fed the mushrooms
though, the short one doesn't come back the way he used to be but as a
carnivorous zombie, and his first victim is ...
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made on a shoestring by a skeleton crew (including a cast of two, who also
act as directors, producers and whatnot), this film nevertheless has quite
a polished look to it, inasmuch as it looks and feels like a real film -
much more so than most other no budget amateur productions in fact. And
while Secret of the Magic Mushrooms might be no Citizen Kane
(and never tries to be), it's pretty much the perfect party movie, as it's
full of very crazy scenes, blood and guts, dwarves and rapist mushrooms.
And while the movie wastes a bit too much time (about 20 minutes) with its
setup that tells the audience little other than the fact the protagonists
are airheads who love to get wasted, once the main narrative - the tall
one's oddissey - sets in, the film gets more hilarious by the minute, and
Werner Timm aka Master W seems to get better and funnier with each role
he's playing while Christian Markhoff aka Crippler Criss's really grows on
True, it helps to watch this film with a couple of beers, but it
looks as if it was made with exactly that in mind.
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