Neil Meschino made a movie called Mold! in 2012 and it was a cool indie throwback to 1980s gore movies, such as Street Trash, with cool retro music and gore. The psychotic Italian gore team at Necrostorm, known for such enjoyable gore riddled atrocities such as Taeter City, Infidius, Adam Chaplin and Hotel Inferno must have seen something brilliant in Mold! and decided to revamp it for a 2016 release. I checked out Mold! and it’s no doubt a great film on its own but The Mildew from Planet Xonader brings a new crazy edge to the table. Did I mention Necrostorm filled it completely to the brim with green, red, purple, black and whatever color gore splattering carnage they could dish out?
When comparing the two films, Mold! remains more political with a Ronald Reagan introduction to the film, and a satirical approach to Americans inventing new ways to beat the competition at new methods of chemical warfare. The Necrostorm version uses some footage which was not present in the original film and as well, they have sharpened the picture and given it a shot of green glow but making it look aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Necrostorm have also made it more fast-paced than Mold! but they have also made it a little bit more confusing and difficult to follow in some instances. This is where Mold! did a better job.
The Mildew from Planet Xonader is a gorehounds dream to watch. It has enough splatter and pays great homage to any and all retro gore films in the eighties. The soundtrack is also effective and enjoyable and shares in that eighties vibe which is so prevalent here. If gore is what you crave then look no further - we are treated to melting and exploding bodies galore. It’s a slime gore extravaganza.
Mildew is about Bentan Labs and their experimental chemical nicknamed Stacky Mort. Stacky Mort is a moisture activated mildew which literally eats and explodes its way through human bodies. A crew of scientists studying Stacky Mort are unveiling it to the Military to use as a weapon, when a senator unknowingly gets infected by the killer spores, and all hell breaks loose in the lab. A group of scientists are barricaded in a room, whilst the chemical runs rampant, trying to figure out a solution and stay alive in the process and avoiding the twists and turns that arise.
The acting and characters are okay in this. The acting is satisfactory, to over-the-top but it works. It’s an off-the-wall gore film and those genre gore fans will no doubt appreciate it.Mildew also has a cool anti-military paranoid message and it’s very anti-corporation, which I like as well. Necrostorm also introduced their own side storyline with different characters such as Toxic and Leach, obviously done to pile on more gore. In some instances it works better than others. I did however like the ending to Mold! more than Mildew. The ending to Mold!was definitely more downbeat and made more sense. Mildew just sort of ended too suddenly with no reason.
This version I purchased was the Collector’s Edition, which contains some lobby cards, a comic called Gore breaker and a mini poster. The DVD itself also contains the film’s soundtrack and other supplemental material. Those who pre-ordered the movie received random collector items such as Bentan Lab stickers and little plastic containers of the green mildew itself.
If you love gore and splatter you can't go wrong with The Mildew from Planet Xonader - it’s a gore fan’s wet dream. I never even heard of the movie Mold! before watching Mildew so it exposed a whole new audience to both films which is awesome. Another winner on the Necrostorm roster, a company fast becoming a leader in top-notch gore drenched masterpieces. The Mildew from Planet Xonader is available for purchase here from Necrostorm.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Directed by: Neil Meschino, Giulio De Santi
Written by: Dave Fogerson, Neil Meschino, Giulio De Santi, Tiziana Machella
Produced by: Neil Meschino, Giulio De Santi
Cinematography by: Robert Fattorini, Stefan Bergi
Editing by: ?
Special Effects by: David Lopez, Jeremy Selenfriend
Music by: Razzaw
Cast: Edward X. Young, Lawrence George, Ardis Campbell,
Rick Haymes, Mike Keller, Chris Gentile, James Murphy
Country: Italy, USA
Runtime: 1h 25min