★★★☆☆

A pulsating, amorphous mass that moves of its own volition, it acts with apparent intelligence in its endless quest to find and absorb food. No, this isn’t the plot to 1958 sci-fi horror The Blob, but a description of The Creeping Garden’s fascinating if revolting documentary subject, slime mould. A bizarre group of organisms that defy understanding, slime moulds are neither plant, animal or fungus. They reproduce through spores, but do not root themselves to rotting vegetation like true fungi, instead creeping through their environment like autonomous primordial soup.

The Creeping Garden is out now on DVD and blu ray. Check out the rest of my CineVue review here

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