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3.4 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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In 1989, a breakthrough in Advanced Parasitic Development at the Cuttyhunk Island Research Facility led to a mysterious outbreak that killed most of the center's staff and the island's residents. Twenty years later, a young woman who fled the original epidemic has returned with a group of friends to sell her family's property. But a new breed of parasite may have evolved and survived. They are fast moving. They can slither into, or out of, any orifice in the human body.

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer/Director Gabriel Cowan and Producer Amiee Clark
  • Audio Commentary with Actors Mircea Monroe, Christopher Shand and Nora Kirkpatrick
  • Korea Online
  • GROWTH in Development
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Richard Riehle, Christopher Shand, Brian Krause
  • Directors: Gabriel Cowan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003QQJGQO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,206 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Growth" on IMDb

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By Tommy Jeffers on October 5, 2010
Format: DVD
GROWTH is a derivative, yet satisfying, fun watch. I rented the film. It isn't something I would own at a high price, but it was an enjoyable watch. Mircea Monroe just shines in this film and is a fantastic quirky character. The entire cast does a good job trying to take a typical plot and treat it with dignity and seriousness. The special effects are decent enough. The plot moves at a good pace. It does have a few holes, but this is an expectation in this type of film. It is a fun way to kill some time, but don't expect to be swept away.
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There's a lot to like here. A lot. I especially liked the scene where the rather restrained, introverted fellow, having been infected by the genetics-changing parasite, goes out to a bar, walks right up to a beautiful woman and hits on her, and then beats the crap out of the local boys who are protective on her. I think if you just cut and pasted it over the dance scene in Spider Man 3 you would have a much better movie.
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But things feel far too slapped together overall. And worse, I kept asking myself, "Why are these people so stupid?" They walk into a field they know is loaded with parasites, and then just at random decide it would be a good idea to tape their pants legs shut. Why not before walking into the field? And then the leader of the town council goes to the lair of the madman infected psychopath and he's like, "Mason, I'm not armed." Why the hell not? And you have this team of heavily armed guys attacking a dangerous man they know has superhuman strength and agility. And once they have him surrounded, they proceed to tackle him in hand-to-hand-combat one at a time or once in pairs. Come on folks.
Still, if you love movies like Slither and Splinter, you'll probably dig this. I did..
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I thoroughly enjoyed the special effects...quite creepy...but beyond that this was a slow-moving...plotless...boring sci-fi flick with little or no substance. Sub-par acting, a horrible soundtrack, and mediocre editing made this one a "possibility". It could have been a box-office smash...but it missed on nearly every level. Another reviewer claimed this will grow on you. Not on me. One time is enough. 2 stars...for the special effects.
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Let me start by saying that I didn't expect much of this movie and now I will admit I was wrong. For a very low budget movie it held my attention, grossed me out from time to time and had me enthralled. Story was very good, directing was good, overall the acting was very good, too. If you are a horror fan, you could do worse than this movie, I loved it and I also have to say the stand out performance goes to Christopher Shand who played the step brother and the reason was he had to change gears with his character in the movie, from sickly and wimpy to confident and tough. You will see.
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I was wondering why some scenes just kept going and going, but most of the movie
was pretty good, with good slug effects. Then if you look at the extras you can
see why. This is another ' dont have enough budget ' movie. They did'nt have much
and used all the tricks in the book to have this movie made with what they had.
I have to give all a thumbs up for the good work they did on the film, but the
end product suffers a bit due to all the shortcuts.
So in the end, its a pretty good movie, but i dont think i want to watch it a
second time.
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Growth (Gabriel Cowan, 2010)

Growth is one of those movies about which a whole lot of people are unloading a whole lot of calumny over on the IMDB boards. I've got an hypothesis about that (don't I always?). A lot of the things folks are saying—and I add, even before we get into it, that most of them are accurate—are the kinds of things that people say about movies that inspire ennui, not ire; it's boring, it's got plotholes you can drive a truck through, the acting is awful (that one I will dispute, at least in part, later on), the script is worse, etc. Nothing you haven't seen in hundreds of other DTV low-budget special effects extravaganzas. I think the reason that one has drawn so much hatred is that somewhere under the surface of this movie is a really, really good—perhaps great—movie. I think people are reacting to that, rather than the film we got. And that is a valid approach to criticizing the movie. But on the other hand, that also tends to give short shrift where it is, perhaps, undeserved; if you can separate what could have been from what is and overlook a few shortcomings that really are as bad as people make them out to be, this is actually not an awful way to kill ninety minutes if you're a fan of creepy-crawly horror.

Plot: researchers in a secret genetic lab on a remote island make a breakthrough in 1989, but it ends up getting loose and causing a massacre. Fast-forward twenty years. Jamie Ackerman (Magic Mike's Mircea Monroe), who escaped the terror of that night, and a handful of her friends return to the sparsely-populated island to sell her family's property. But something feels off.
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