When I tell you that the Video Home System tape is alive and well you probably scoff. How can this even be remotely possible in this technologically advantaged age? You probably also ask me what I’ve been smoking and where you can procure said smokeables. VHS is alive and well. New tapes are being produced on a very small, collectible scale and they are selling quite well. The “dead format” to which it has been referred is an inaccurate label or at least it is to this fan boy. Need proof? Well we could site the new Toxic Avenger limited edition VHS or the recently 1980 X entry on Nail Gun Massacare. Hey how about The Basement shot on video big box of awesome? Now presenting for your nostalgic, backward looking hearts IT CAME FROM 1980 X is proud to present MOLD!
While it clearly isn’t a movie of 80’s origins, Mold! has been shot to capture all the subtle nuisances of a film of that era. The dialogue, production value, special effects and yes, even the focus on Ronald Reagan as president of the United States will have you second guessing what you know to be true. Mold! is a recent release from Mentally Ill Films by Horror Boobs video copyright 2009 and directed by Neil Meschino. The bright green VHS of your dreams doesn’t lie when it says “Bootleggers will be shot”. I guess it’s time to introduce you to Horror Boobs Video.
Have you been to their website? HORRORBOOBS.COM to be exact. Make sure they kiddies are well out of eye shot, put up your screen protector and enjoy what has to be one of the finest mammary collections ever assembled on the web. Made by us, for us. I’m not sure it beats Pornstar Classics, but then again this isn’t really porn we’re looking at. Horror Boobs are simply cataloging the stars of many a famous horror film… the boobs. It’s a major reason the genre is famous. How many movies did you get into as a young pup solely based on the promise of topless females and less than softcore sex scenes surrounded by chainsaw battles? I myself owned a Leonard Maltin movie guide that detailed not only the plots of many a horror movie but rated the films with a Turkey to Five Star Rating and told the reader why it was rated R. Horror Boobs has simply taken out the middle man and shows you the actual boobs that Leonard Maltin’s guide foretold. They also put on screenings of some of our favorite classic horror flicks. They recently screened Microwave Massacre, a film we just featured on 1980 X. Kindred spirits doing God’s work. If you are easily offended by my misogynistic tone please remember that I’m still a ten year old inside this furry body. I have boobs of my own to keep me occupied as the years have not been kind.
Now that I’ve skewed into that tangent about our beloved brethren over at HB, let’s get back to appreciating this fine selection of mock 80’s prowess. I suppose you wanna know what this movies about. As usual I’ll let the back of the box do the talking for me. I’ll probably giveaway something of the plot, someone will say I spoiled the friggin’ movie and then you won’t buy it because you think you can get back at me like you get back at your parents. Well it won’t work this time.
From the back of the clam shell (which contains some voluptuous artwork covered in beautiful stunning moldy goodness… did anyone bring any cheese?):
It’s the year 1984. Reagan’s War on Drugs is struggling to produce the desired results. So a secret government project is underway to create anew weapon to combat the drug cartels. That weapon: a fast growing, genetically engineered straining of mold designed to wipe out Columbian cocaine fields. The problem? It eats humans too! When the mold is suspiciously released in the lab, a group of scientists and government officials struggle to contain the rapidly spreading contagion before it can escape the lab and threaten the outside world.
My impressions of this film (now that I’ve promoted it enough). I adore the 80’s aesthetic with the simple throwback plot that leaves no room for guessing. Within the first five minutes you know what you’re in for during the remaining 80 or so minutes. Debauched special effects that don’t quite reach Street Trash potential, but are colorful and drippy enough to keep you feeling icky are surrounded by intentionally tragically bad dialogue out of your favorite knock of sci-fi action feature. Nobody’s trying to make the next Academy Award winner and no one is really trying to scare you. This is entertaining. Fans of Troma need apply. I don’t want to spoil it, but there’s a piece of dialogue that had me in stitches. HINT: a phrase I used early in this article comes from the same movie that is parodied.
What Mold! suffers from…. Well, there are absolutely extended sequences of dialogue that while moderately funny just go on too long. It ruins the pacing. These sequences are supposed to be funny and are intentionally written that way. They’re supposed to feel long and drawn out and maybe even over-explanatory. They still fail to move the tape forward and you’re left in limbo until the action, goo fest kicks it up a notch and the female lead looses her clothes (did I say that.?). The audience watching this movie will get exactly what they expect from the cover, the advertising and from a group named Mentally Ill Films. It’s a typical virus story so if that doesn’t appeal to you, get your protective mask on (it came with a face mask inside the clam shell). Stay Tuned after the movie for a making of feature and second short film. Who says VHS doesn’t have special features? This harkens back to the days of Full Moon.
Mold! is a colorful romp down the days of VHS past when the VCR ruled your Friday night and when synth music could terrify you. The radiation/Hazmat suits are gorgeous and give Mold! a unique look. There’s hint of Andromeda Strain although you shouldn’t take it that seriously. There’s a little Nightmare City in it too… just a smidge. The over the top camp gore definitely takes some queues from the Lenzi school of filmmaking. Note: I haven’t seen Mold! available for DVD purchase, but I’m not sure I’d tell you if I did see it for purchase. I hope this is intentional. Yes, you can still buy VCR’s at garage sales or cheaply at WalMart. Don’t forget your head cleaner.
Please enjoy this movie. Maybe get yourself a nice glass of EctoCooler and a thing o’ jiffy pop and order this puppy. I also want to give a little plug here to Forbiddent Planet who got me a copy of this supposedly out of stock VHS immediately. Excellent service and immediate responses to inquires. A good company in my experience. Tell them Ronald Regan sent you.
Keep putting the rectangular tape in the rectangular hole and enjoy the classy vinyl that comes with the special edition package if your so lucky to have procured one.