Now if your looking for a obscure horror film that many horror fans and horror websites seemingly ignored and didnt even fly under there radar from last year…one that is just a ballsy weird trip then ive got the horror for you dear horrorfiends. It is Don Thacker’s Motivational Growth and oh is this a weird one.
from IMDB : Ian Folivor, a depressed and reclusive 30-something, finds himself taking advice from a growth in his bathroom after a failed suicide attempt. The Mold, a smooth talking fungus who was born of the filth collecting in a corner of Ian’s neglected bathroom, works to win Ian’s trust by helping him clean himself up and remodel his lifestyle. With The Mold’s help, Ian attracts the attention of a neighbor he’s been ogling through his peephole, Leah, and he manages to find a slice of happiness despite his unnatural circumstances. But Ian starts to receive strange messages from his old and broken down TV set that make him realize that The Mold may not be as helpful as it seems to be, and strange characters combined with stranger events cast Ian’s life in the shadow making him and the viewer question what is real and what isnt.
Let me just say that though one can say that in a way Motivational Growth isnt a real horror movie, it is a pretty bizarre Hyberbole of a movie. The first scenes is introducing the character of Ian as he talks directly towards the camera while in the center of his apartment almost making it feel like its all a theatrical play, and the apartment practically becomes a character in itself too because we the viewer never leave it. And when the Mold finally comes into play (voiced by the terrific Jeffrey Combs of Re-Animator fame) that is where the film really goes head first into the bizarre hyberbole nature of it all with 8-bit graphic sequence, weird things growing from the mold that alter Ian’s life, odd characters that come into the movie with strange dialogue, the Mold itself talking in riddles confusing the viewer and finally little strange things here and there that make you question whether or not everything that is happening to Ian is really happening or not.
Motivational Growth is truly a hidden Gem of a horror movie and shows what can be done with a small budget, one shooting location good synth music and impressive puppet Fx. Its a highly entertaining,satrical, trippy and just plain weird little film that you need to put on our radar. dont believe me…watch the trailer below.Youll thank me later – James J. Coker