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The Food of the Gods (1976)

 -  Sci-Fi | Horror  -  18 June 1976 (USA)
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Morgan and his friends are on a hunting trip on a remote Canadian island when they are attacked by a swarm of giant wasps. Looking for help, Morgan stumbles across a barn inhabited by an ... See full summary »

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Morgan and his friends are on a hunting trip on a remote Canadian island when they are attacked by a swarm of giant wasps. Looking for help, Morgan stumbles across a barn inhabited by an enormous killer chicken. After doing some exploring, they discover the entire island is crawling with animals that have somehow grown to giant size. The most dangerous of all of these, however, are the rats, who are mobilizing to do battle with the human intruders. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Penultimate film for Ida Lupino. Her last movie, My Boys Are Good Boys (1978), would also co-star Ralph Meeker. See more »

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When Morgan first meets Mrs. Skinner's Rooster, the legs (from the knees down) are visible of the crewmember wielding the giant chicken head. See more »

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Morgan: When I swear out charges with the district attorney, I'll know who to name.
Jack Bensington: What the hell are you talkin' about?
Morgan: Second-degree murder, I guess that's what they'll call it. My friend was killed by your wasps yesterday afternoon.
Jack Bensington: They're not my wasps!
Morgan: Well if you own the stuff that made them grow, I guess you're liable for whatever they do.
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Gigantic creatures starving human flesh strike unfortunate people
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A rare food taken by an old woman(Ida Lupino) provokes the excessive increasing on animals and bugs. Thee killer beasts , gigantic flies, huge chicken, wasps, worms and enormous rats strike tourists on a secluded island. A football team players(Marjoe Gotner, John Cypher)enjoying vacations ought to fight against the giant monsters that are attacking people(Pamela Franklin,Ralph Meeker and Belinda Balaski as an unperiled pregnant woman).

This is an entertaining movie from expert Bert I. Gordon and freely based on H.G. Welles novel .Suffers from average special effects and regular performances.The flies reproduction are quite badly made but the rats are better staged by means of true bugs increased by optics effects. Over-sized reproduction of massive worms, bulky chicken were utilized to incarnate the enormous creature effects and also were used various diverse mechanized rats.The miniature design and special props are made by Von Buelow, titles and optical effects by Universal title; plus the visual effects coordinator by J. Richardson and of course Bert I Gordon who usually makes his own FX , he's a true craftsman. The movie gives special thanks to football team of Frazer University and the children of Sir John Franklin Community of Vancouver ,British Columbia, where it was filmed.

The film is produced in little budget by Samuel Z Arkoff who created along with James H Nicholson the American International Pictures in which during the 60s and 70s produced several monster movies and the prestigious Roger Corman-Edgar Allan Poe series.The motion picture is professionally directed by Bert I Gordon. Bert is a B series producer/director, known as Mr B.I.G. .He's a monster movies expert in which animals and men suffer voluminous shapes change caused by food or radioactivity. As occurs in ¨The cyclops¨ when the protagonist becomes a giant human monster,as well as a soldier converts in ¨War of the colossal beast¨, the immense insects of ¨Begining of the end¨, a monstrous spider in ¨The spider¨, giant ants in ¨Empire of the ants¨. Other his works in fantasy-terror are : ¨Picture mommy dead¨ and ¨ Necromancy¨, among them. It's followed by a lesser sequel titled ¨Food of gods, part 2(1989) ¨ directed by Damian Lee where the huge rats strike again and maim beautiful women.


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