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4.19

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Worth A Look: 12.77%
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Total Crap: 4.26%

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Acid House, The
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by Chris Parry

"Great music, great direction, funny as fuck and disgusting. Go."
5 stars

It's always been lamented (by me if nobody else) that the days of The Twilight Zone were gone and would never be repeated. The feel, atmosphere and originality of the old series just couldn't be replicated, even by Steven Speilberg. Well to that I now say "BOLLOCKS"!

If you pined for a return to the old Twilight Zone days, and don't mind reading some subtitles (or can understand broad Scottish accents), you'll want to catch The Acid House.

Written by Irvine Welsh, the man behind Trainspotting, this is three short stories from his book, The Acid House, that have all the hallmarks of Trainspotting, right down to sharing some of the same cast.

Each of the story's has just a small twist that takes it from stark reality to the realms of "what if", and with the realism coming from the Trainspotting pen, it's harsh, gritty, often disgusting and generally tough to look away from.

The first story is about a guy who's life has just gone to shit. Thrown out of home, his football team, his relationship, his job, and busted and beaten by the cops, life has pretty much gone to crap. It's then he meets God in a pub. God's not the most patient guy around and, pissed off that Boab has made such a balls up of his life, decides to makes Boab's day a little worse.

The second story is about a lad who's easily led. He marries a girl who says she's carrying his baby (putting all the other lads on the estate at ease since they were all potential fathers).
Life is made worse when his psychotic upstairs neighbor takes over his wife, his beer, his home and his electricity. The neighbor, played by Garry McCormack, bass guitarist of The Exploited, is the full basket case psycho. How will 'Johnny the soft touch' deal with having his life taken from him?

The third story is about Coco Bryce (played by Ewen Bremner, Spud of Trainspotting), a drug-fucked raver who in the midst of a Super Mario acid trip has his persona switched with that of a newborn baby in a posh suburb. Cue another prosthetic baby and some funny shit.

If you don't like the C word, a bit of violence, broad accents or subtitles, perhaps you should avoid this. But if you're a Trainspotting freak, a Twilight Zone afficionado or just a fan of decent film, this will be amongst your favorites. Weird, but fucking cool.

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originally posted: 10/21/98 13:29:53
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User Comments

5/31/07 Biff Tannen More brillilant sleaze from Welsh, great soundtrack too. 5 stars
11/19/05 Get Real I can't believe anyone actually spent time and money making this piece of junk 1 stars
12/16/04 Miladin Jovanovic very good 4 stars
10/06/03 shep a draining experience which leaves you feeling sick yet warm inside. 4 stars
7/21/03 Nejc a legend 5 stars
5/22/03 Dick One of the worst films of the year 2 stars
3/10/02 Coach Mike The "Baby" er.."Tripper" is already classic cinema 5 stars
1/15/02 LeonardoLeMendiant WIR leben alle unter demselben Himmel,haben aber nicht denselben Horizont(KLASSE BUCH) 5 stars
11/09/01 daniboy pretencious and excesive 3 stars
8/13/01 Top Hibs Boy pure ace man!!! 5 stars
7/23/01 Gurl Trip TIppy to da dayz!!!!!!!! 5 stars
6/04/01 Vivadixisubmarinetransmissionplot wots irvine doing?im dissapointed.compared to his other work this is quite pretentious :-( 2 stars
2/09/01 Vital Well , it's really geat, marvelous. I liked it so much! It's hard to explain my admiration 5 stars
11/15/00 Olivier Graf that was pretty cool.....yeah 5 stars
11/07/00 realmyth.net - mythic reality and film reviews too! acid insight into wheel of karma; great production 5 stars
8/18/00 red angel what a top set of films!and Mr.McKidd aren't you lovely!! 5 stars
3/15/00 dmcguigan32@hotmail.com Another Irvine Welsh triumph -seriously brilliant casting, acting and direction 5 stars
1/14/00 JD Inspirational - artistically 5 stars
1/06/00 Heidi Veland Beer, coke and dope 5 stars
11/05/99 Jason mackintosh Better than trainspotting ,its the dogs the last story is the best ,which coco drops acid 4 stars
10/13/99 Andrew sevillia Top Boy of a film 5 stars
9/21/99 yvetta janouskova the best film what you can see! Hard reality, is cool, is natural extacy for your mind 5 stars
9/20/99 Funkey Monkey Absolutely disgusting, and I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. Check out the gross baby 4 stars
9/14/99 Natalie Larios a whole new movie genre has been born!! 4 stars
8/26/99 Jeff Bond first story all right, 2end not good, but the thrid story makes it all worth while AMAZING 3 stars
8/16/99 Diane I love this movie! 5 stars
8/10/99 Helvan Not as good as cats... 1 stars
1/12/99 Chronically hip Production values let this down. Reliance on crudeness also hurts. Some brilliance but long 3 stars
12/20/98 Binky It drifted between superb and semi-good. The second story was awesome. The last was funny. 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  06-Aug-1999 (R)

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  31-Dec-1998 (R)




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