Directed by Gabriel Cowan, Growth "begins in 1989, when a breakthrough in advanced parasitic research on Kuttyhunk Island gives scientists a jump in human evolution, endowing subjects with heightened physical and mental strength. But the experiment went horribly wrong, producing a lethal parasite that mysteriously killed off three quarters of the island's population, with the survivors fleeing for their lives. Twenty years later, Jamie Akerman, who lost her mother in the outbreak, returns with her boyfriend, step-brother, and best friend to sell the family property. Once there, they uncover the key to Jamie's disturbing past and the horrifying secrets long suppressed by the town's leader Larkin. When the past seems to be finally buried, a new strain of parasite emerges and threatens the island once again. They can slither into – or out of – any orifice in the human body. The final step in evolution has begun..."
The DVD also features a nice little collection of special features, including audio commentary with producer Amiee Clark and Gabriel Cowan, who also co-produced and wrote the film; another audio commentary with three of the actors; a behind-the-scenes featurette; deleted scenes and a trailer; and "Korea Online," which shows how Cowan directed a scene in Korea via an online camera.
Growth stars Mircea Monroe (the upcoming Tekken), Christopher Shand ("True Blood"), Nora Kirkpatrick ("Greek"), Brian Krause ("Charmed," Sleepwalkers), Alexi Wasser (Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever), Ian Patrick Williams (Re-Animator, Superhero Movie), and Richard Riehle (Office Space, Hatchet). Although we have to wait until September to snag it on DVD here, it has received distribution in France, Argentina and Australia.
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