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Frogs (1972)

A group of hapless victims celebrate a birthday on an island estate crawling with killer amphibians, birds, insects, and reptiles.

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Jason Crockett is an aging, grumpy, physically disabled millionaire who invites his family to his island estate for his birthday celebration. Pickett Smith is a free-lance photographer who is doing a pollution layout for an ecology magazine. Jason Crockett hates nature, poisoning anything that crawls on his property. On the night of his birthday the frogs and other members of nature begin to pay Crockett back. Written by Kelly W. <tsenhue@escape.ca>

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Today the pond! Tomorrow the world! See more »


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A Invasão das Rãs  »

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Trivia

Due to the film's low budget no live birds were used for the bird attack scene. Instead the attack was created by superimposing footage of flying birds over the footage of the running cast. See more »

Goofs

The film shows about evil frogs. They are obviously toads, not frogs. See more »

Quotes

Jason Crockett: I still believe man is master of the world.
Pickett Smith: Does that mean he can't live in harmony with the rest of it?
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, Sam Eliott's character is taking photographs in the swamp. Each time he supposedly takes a picture, the picture freezes and a credit appear on screen. Each new credit is accompanied by the sound of a clicking camera. See more »

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Better think twice before you ever eat frog legs again...
31 January 2006 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Even though the film can never really top the brilliance of its own tagline ('Today the pond! Tomorrow the world!'), "Frogs" is a hugely entertaining and surprisingly well-made ecological horror film. These typical "creature features" were guaranteed hits back in the 70's and pretty much every animal species got turned into ravenous monsters enthusiast horror filmmakers, even the most unlikely ones like worms ("Squirm") and rabbits ("Night of the Lepus"). In this film, the frogs aren't just vicious killers but also strategic army generals that mobilize a whole island's ecosystem to commit nasty murders! The frogs are merely supervising whilst humans are being killed off by spiders, lizards, snakes, alligators and – oh yes – even a turtle! Pickett Smith is a freelance photographer who ends up at the private island home of obnoxious industrialist Jason Crockett during his annual 4th of July/birthday celebration. Also present are a dangerously increasing amount of frogs that no longer put up with the pollution and pesticides on the island and they plan a large-scaled attack on the Crockett family. "Ten Little Indians"-style, all the island's residents are imaginatively killed by ill-natured critters. The story naturally is silly and hardly ever scary, yet it's praiseworthy how director George McGowan attempts to build up an atmosphere of tension. Much like Hitchcock did in "The Birds" (only better), McGowan simply zooms in on the frogs and puts the emphasis on their eerie croaking. So, even though they're simple frogs they look a bit ominous! The best aspect of the film unquestionably is Mario Tosi's colorful camera-work that shows the beautiful environment from many creative viewpoints. The young Sam Elliot is quite good in his heroic role but the shows is obviously stolen by Ray Milland as the grumpy and bossy millionaire who thinks he can afford himself everything. The rest of the cast is quite wooden and their gruesome animal-inflicted deaths actually come as a relief. "Frogs" stands for great campy fun, not a single dull moment and a high body count! Damn, the 70's were cool.


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