“Shrooms” stars a handful of unknown faces including Lindsey Haun, Jack Huston and many others. It’s directed by Paddy Breathnach and written by Pierce Elliot, both of which are first-timers and it certainly shows here.

The film centers around your usual don’t-do-drugs-in-the-woods horror theme. A group of unlucky Americans arrive in Ireland looking for a potent drug known as shrooms. They are guided on their quest by a mushroom expert who points out the ups and downs of shrooming. After eating some of these magic mushrooms, the group becomes attacked by shadowy figures, not sure if they are hallucinating or if it is all real.

The film suffers from a dull use of a cliched premise. Don’t be fooled by the attractive cover and the addictive title. It takes a while for the film to lift itself off the ground and when it does, nothing particularly special occurs. The film manifests itself into a buzz that quickly fades into a familiar experience, taking a twist from a more disturbing and entertaining film known as “High Tension”. Many times the film is shot from a disorienting camera lens (primarily used during premonitions) that becomes irritating rather than trippy.

This is the equivalent of a bad trip, complete with a pounding headache and that feeling of regret. Why did I take that drug? Or in this case, why did I watch that movie? There are lots of dark scenes shot in a distorting blue color (similar to the color found on the cover) that make it difficult to see what’s going on. The kills are too poorly shot to be scary and it’s never gory or funny enough to pass as a horror comedy. A talking cow is thrown into the mix to hopefully generate a couple of chuckles. Really, this scene is just an urgent attempt at making a memorable moment.

This is a film that has no redeeming qualities. The acting by the female leads are beyond bad and rely on their good looks. Not a bad thing, but no nudity is present, which is what many people depend on to be mildly entertained during a dull horror movie like this one. The unexpected twist ending every horror fanatic has already seen executed more effectively in other films. When it rolls around you feel riped off, as if someone sold you a bag of oregano rather than your usual supply of reefer.