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Motivational Growth (2013)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 9 November 2013 (USA)
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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... See full summary »


Don Thacker


Don Thacker
6 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Combs ... The Mold (voice)
Adrian DiGiovanni ... Ian Folivor
Danielle Doetsch Danielle Doetsch ... Leah
Pete Giovagnoli ... Box The Ox
Ken Brown ... Plasmoday
Robert Kramer Robert Kramer ... Uniformed Man
Hannah Stevenson Hannah Stevenson ... Vanessa
Laura Carlson-Lum ... Kathy Barathenar (as Laura Carlson)
Megan Hensley ... Tough as Nails Tiger Team A Girl 1
Ellie Kushner Ellie Kushner ... Tough as Nails Tiger Team A Girl 2
Sheetom Ashbrook Sheetom Ashbrook ... Tough as Nails Tiger Team A Girl 3
Dawn Xiana Moon Dawn Xiana Moon ... Tough as Nails Tiger Team A Girl 4
Samori Sykes Samori Sykes ... Games Genie
Daniel Giovannini Daniel Giovannini ... Brody
Tori Linn Sanders Tori Linn Sanders ... Katie


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 of an epic battle between good and evil that Ian is only partially aware of. Written by Imagos Films

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The Mold Knows, Jack. The Mold Knows.


Not Rated


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Spanish | English

Release Date:

9 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA


Box Office


$176,199 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Mold: You're a goldfish in an eight-ounce glass.
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Referenced in Weapon (2011) See more »

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My Review Of "Motivational Growth"
16 September 2014 | by ASouthernHorrorFanSee all my reviews

Don Thacker's "Motivational Growth" is a bizarre hyperbole-truly modern. Honestly I think the film will be this generation's "Little Shop Of Horror", just replace the singing with fun animation graphicsrife with Adult Swim quality humor. Actually take that film and shakeit with some "Stay Tuned" and you have the perfect horrortini for your maturing viewing pleasure. It is a story of madness in true-to-form dark, satirical entertainment.

The story follows Ian Folivor, a depressed, recluse with a strong agoraphobic agitate. The film plays out in a strange spectacle of narration, animation and melodramatic adulation of phobias. The antagonist to Folivor's tragic character is a talking mold build-up against the bathroom sink. Lets face it, single men (sometimes even gay men) are not the best of housekeepers. So it is just a matter of time before some bacteria or fungus is allowed to evolve into a self aware annihilator of humanity. Of course there is so much to this story thatI can't talk about as not to spoil the film. Let's just say that even though the premise, at times, seems predictable or flagrant, it still manages to carry some very entertaining and surprising moments. It is just a fun story, that is executed wonderfully by Thacker both with the writing and directing.

The special effects and sound track used on "Motivational Growth" are both very stylized, practical effects that push the story even further into the dark, satirical wasteland. The special effects offer up some truly gross and lighthearted exaggeration to the situation at hand with Folivor's condition and circumstance. The practical effects are done nicely, reminiscent of mid 80's horror comedy stuff –notably "TerrorVision" . The animation and graphics used actually add a sort of hallucinogenic quality to the film's overall persona. It would have went over even more had the dude's dealer been among the series of intrusions into Folivor's sacred space.

The sound track is what you would expect. It doesn't bring anything extremely new or altered to the film, but it works to create an atmosphere equal to the kind of story that Thacker is telling in "Motivational Growth". Fun, entertaining, satirical and creepy. The film is a very strong, indie horror comedy that screams instant classic. The downer moment in the story was the actual dramatic interaction between Folivor and his object of affection. Had it been as out there as the interaction with the rest of the characters then I wouldn't have anything bad to say about this film. Still it is a pretty stellar horror/comedy.

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