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The Mushroom People are the main antagonists of the 1963 Japanese horror film Matango.

After their ship is damaged in a storm, a crew of Japanese sailors becomes stranded on an island with a species of strange mushrooms that transform those who eat them into mushroom/human hybrids.

Appearance

Mushroom People are mutated humans with brown lumpy skin. Their heads have been replaced by lumpy mushroom caps and their arms and legs are bulbous and bloated.

Powers and Abilities

Mushroom People possess the following powers and abilities:

  • Claws
  • Infection of humans
  • Hivemind
  • Accelerated growth in water

Fate

The Mushroom People survive the events of the film and the main protagonist is shown to have transformed into one after making it to the mainland.

Trivia

  • The film was almost banned in Japan due to the make-up effects for the Mushroom People resembling the skin deformities of those affected by the radiation left by the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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