Cast and Crew: Ishiro Honda (Director); Takeshi Kimura (Screenplay); William Hope Hodgson (Story “A Voice in the Night“); Tomoyuki Tanaka (Producer); Eiji Tsuburaya (Special Effects); James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff (Presenters); Akira Kubo, Kumi Mizuno, Kenji Sahara, Hiroshi Koizumi
What It’s About: Five passengers and two crewmen on a pleasure cruise shipwreck on a lonely island with limited food supplies. In a ship’s log on an old research vessel they discover a warning against eating the only abundant local food source, mushrooms. How long can the group hold out from eating mushrooms; and what is the secret of the strange figures they repeatedly see in the mist?
Why Watch it Today?: Today is one of the hard to pin down food based holidays that show up on many “On Today’s Date” calendars: National Mushroom Day. A fiction or not, it’s a perfect excuse to watch today’s film, one of the stranger Toho efforts whose choppy American edit haunted me for years after I saw it, like a strange fever dream that you can never quite remember the details of.