“MOLD!”— A New Weapon

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A New Weapon

Amos Lassen

The drug cartels are doing big business and the government wants them stopped. A new weapon has been developed—a fast growing, genetically engineered mold which will wipe out the fields where drugs are being grown. There is one problem; however, the mold eats human flesh. When somehow it is released in the lab, it begins a war on the scientists and military men who have to fight their way to safety and contain the mold before it wreaks havoc on the world.

The film is a throwback to 80’s horror movies and I had a great time watching it (until I saw something moldy moving up my leg. Set in 1984, President Reagan is fighting the war on cocaine and crack and Nancy is just saying NO!! On a remote outpost in the desert, Doctor Kane (Rick Haymes), Doctor Hardy (Lawrence George) and Doctor Young (Chris Gentile) are at work developing a designer strain of mold that when sprayed on Colombian coca plants, destroys them. A colonel (Edward X. Young) and a congressman (James Murphy) have come to the lab a controlled demonstration of this new weapon so they can give a report to the government and military leadership but… the mold will not be contained and begins to take over the lab, the entire facility and kills and changes everything it touches. Finding themselves with hands tied, they scientists need to develop an antidote as they discover the true reason for the test run or the creeping, growing green menace will be the victor.

Mold!” proves that horror can be done in a convincing way. While the movie starts slowly, it builds and soon blood and bodies are everywhere. Body parts explode and/or dissolved. Green slime oozes out of orifices and characters are covered in it. (Imagine a large scale war with guacamole!!!). One of the characters manages to live and becomes a feral, green mold-man hybrid.

 The film has a distinct 1950s sci-fi feel to it.  It’s basically a locked room sci-fi thriller that takes place at U.S. military research facility suitably located in the middle of the desert.  

When the colonel’s aide turns into a mold covered mutant he becomes hell bent on killing the scientists.  It turns out that the troubles are due to a CIA plot to arm the mold.  

The film is able to keep things interesting despite the locked room setting by revealing relationships among the staff and allowing the actors to ham it up in spectacular fashion. The desert location of the lab lends itself to the paranoia and isolation that is developed in the film. Adding to the camp factor is a large amount of gore and a plot that allows for the female scientist to spend a good part of the movie running around in her lingerie.  While this movie is a fun and campy experience it is also dark and a tad nihilistic.  The dark humor hits all the right notes especially in the way it establishes a McCarthy era feel.  


After playing at festivals all over, it has been released on DVD and now you can have “Mold!” every night at home and in the afternoon as well if you feel you need some slime in your life.


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