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The Food of the Gods (1976)

A group of friends travel to a remote Canadian island to hunt, only to be attacked by giant killer animals which have populated the place.



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Mrs. Skinner
John McLiam ...
Mr. Skinner
Reg Tunnicliffe ...
Ferry Attendant


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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Release Date:

18 June 1976 (USA)  »

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H.G. Wells' The Food of the Gods  »

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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 »


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 »


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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Based on a Portion of the Novel By H.G. Wells See more »


Referenced in FantastiCozzi (2016) See more »

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So bad it's good!
9 June 2001 | by (cincinnati ohio) – See all my reviews

Wasps, worms, chickens, and rats feed off of an icky, gooey substance that causes them to grow to gigantic proportions, then terrorize the occupants of a remote mountain cabin. This trashy adaptation of the classic H.G. Wells story isn't just any ordinary bad movie. It's a movie that starts off so bad that you are compelled to actually keep watching it to see how much worse it can possibly get, and you have one heck of a good time in the process. Surprisingly, the film does have some fine points. The special effects are really quite acceptable, considering the era and the film's limited budget. And, amazingly, some of the performers manage to retain their dignity. Pamela Franklin as a sassy lady scientist and Ida Lupino as a bible-spouting farmer's wife come off best. This movie was a remake of the 1965 release VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS, also filmed by Bert I. Gordon.

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