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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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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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AIP's most successful film of the year. 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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Lorna Scott: You don't care about anybody but yourself, do you?
Jack Bensington: Is that what you think of me?
Lorna Scott: I think you're the most selfish man I know.
Jack Bensington: So why do you work for me?
Lorna Scott: Because jobs for female bacteriologists are just not that easy to find, Jack.
Jack Bensington: So who told you to be one?
Lorna Scott: You're a bastard, did you know that?
Jack Bensington: Matter of fact, I do.
[laughs]
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Pretty Stupid, But Fun If That Is What You Want
14 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A group of people, somehow associated with a football team, go to an island for a getaway. Well, they picked the wrong time for vacation because someone on the island has developed a new kind of food that causes the animals to grow to gigantic sizes. Great if you're raising cattle, not so great when the rats find it.

Inspired by H. G. Wells, directed by B-movie legend Bert Gordon, and starring a young pre-Dante Belinda Balaski, this film is pretty much exactly what you might expect it is. There have been plenty of large animal horror or sci-fi films, both before and after this one. Is this one of the better ones? Who is to say?

The film is good for what it is: people fighting large rats. Sure, it is silly and kind of cheesy, but is that not what you expect from sci-fi films of the time period, especially the giant animal variety? I cannot say this movie had anything special about it, but it sure was not terrible, either.

For what it is worth, Gordon calls this film the one he had the most fun making, due to the cast and crew being on a Canadian island far from the studio. He also had the pleasure of writing the script on the fly when an unexpected snowstorm prevented the original plan!

Paul Corupe says this film has "the most fearsome creatures of any Gordon film", but that seems highly contentious.


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