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Growth (2010)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 7 September 2010 (USA)
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Twenty years after a deadly outbreak of parasites at an island research facility, where most of the people were killed, survivor Jamie returns with her friends to sell her stake. But a new strain of parasite could blow the transaction.

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Gabriel Cowan

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Gabriel Cowan, Gabriel Cowan (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mircea Monroe ... Jamie Ackerman
Christopher Shand ... Justin Roberts
Nora Kirkpatrick ... Kristin Daniels
Brian Krause ... Marco
Richard Riehle ... Larkin
Lou Richards ... Dr. Macavire
Ian Patrick Williams ... Mason Lane
Jill Hoiles ... Amanda
Jessica Dercks Jessica Dercks ... Liz
Robert Pike Daniel ... Jake
Alexi Wasser ... Sarah
Kate Kelton ... Gina
Brad Culver ... Andy
Samantha Yonack Samantha Yonack ... Jen Anderson
Mackenzie Brooke Smith ... Gwen Anderson
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Storyline

In 1989, a breakthrough in advanced parasitic research on Cuttyhunk Island, gave scientists a jump in human evolution. Initial tests proved promising as subjects were experiencing heightened physical and mental strength and awareness. But, something in the experiment went horribly wrong and the island mysteriously lost three quarters of its population. Jamie Akerman fled the outbreak, which took her mothers life, twenty years ago. She now returns with her boyfriend and step brother, to sell the family property. There, they uncover the key to Jamie's disturbing past, and the horrifying secrets long suppressed by the town leader, Larkin. Now, a new strain of parasite has emerged, and threatens the island once again. Jamie struggles to survive and escape the obsessive pursuit of the local islanders who know that she has inherited more than she could ever have imagined. Written by Brandon

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A Killer Step in Evolution See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 2010 (USA) See more »

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Паразит See more »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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New Artists Alliance See more »
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DTS

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Mason: Ah, coming to touch greatness again?
Larkin: No. I came to see the man who spoke of greatness but never understood what it meant.
Mason: That hurts my feelings.
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Camp Jabberwocky
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Performed by Nora Kirkpatrick
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Very well made but lame
7 November 2010 | by TdSmth5See all my reviews

A girl and her family/friends travel to an island were she stands to inherit a house worth 2 million. By way of an intro we learn that this island was the site of a research project using parasites-worms actually-to improve humanity. How that's supposed to work only the writer knows. Of course the experiment went terribly wrong. Once on the island where she grew up, she receives a cold reception and is basically forced to accept a low sum and leave. That doesn't happen and eventually the parasites start attacking our group. The parasites burrow in the human host and come out to infect other people. They are of all sizes and move pretty fast. We are told that they feed on adrenaline, but it seems that they actually increase adrenalin. We only get to witness one extended infection of a guy who gets sick, becomes a macho and develops superhuman strength. The parasites's weakness is salt, it makes them evaporate. And it's sea water that has kept them confined to the island. The question of course is whether the girl and her friends will make it off the island alive.

This movie was made on a low budget but all the energy of the filmmakers went into making this movie look high budget. And they succeeded, it does look very well made. Unfortunately similar effort didn't go into story, editing, and characters. The girl who is supposed to be the main character is pretty much a secondary character for most of the movie. She plays no significant role until the end. And the secondary characters aren't particularly interesting either. Worms as villains aren't very good, unless they do cool things to the human body, as in Slither. But here the budget I imagine didn't allow for some gory deaths. In fact, there isn't much gore or violence or scares in this film. There is one great fight scene though, again, very well done for a low budget movie. The story doesn't keep you particularly interested, too much is told in the introductions, things that should have been told later to keep the viewer engaged. Key elements of the story ended up in the "deleted scenes" part. This movie represents an excellent effort in low budget movie making, it just isn't interesting to see because it lacks what you would want to see in a horror flick: gore, violence, nudity (of which there is a fraction of a second), cool deaths, interesting characters. Note that after all the credits are over, there is an additional scene.


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