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Director:
Writers:
H.G. Wells (portion of novel)
Bert I. Gordon (screenplay)
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Release Date:
18 June 1976 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
One Taste Is All It Takes! See more »
Plot:
Morgan and his friends are on a hunting trip on a remote Canadian island when they are attacked by a swarm of giant wasps... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Marjoe Gortner ... Morgan

Pamela Franklin ... Lorna

Ralph Meeker ... Bensington

Jon Cypher ... Brian

Ida Lupino ... Mrs. Skinner
John McLiam ... Mr. Skinner

Belinda Balaski ... Rita
Tom Stovall ... Thomas
Chuck Courtney ... Davis
Reg Tunnicliffe ... Ferry Attendant

Directed by
Bert I. Gordon 
 
Writing credits
H.G. Wells (portion of novel)

Bert I. Gordon (screenplay)

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer
Bert I. Gordon .... producer
 
Original Music by
Elliot Kaplan 
 
Cinematography by
Reginald H. Morris (director of photography) (as Reginald Morris)
 
Film Editing by
Corky Ehlers 
 
Casting by
Betty Martin 
 
Art Direction by
Graeme Murray 
 
Makeup Department
Salli Bailey .... hairdresser (as Sally Bailey)
Thomas R. Burman .... special makeup artist (as Tom Burman)
Phyllis Newman .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Salvatore Billitteri .... in charge of post-production
Flora M. Gordon .... unit production manager (as Flora Gordon)
Robert J. Koster .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gavin B. Craig .... second assistant director (as Gavin Craig)
Marianne Dolen .... dgc trainee
Flora M. Gordon .... assistant director (as Flora Gordon)
 
Art Department
John Stark .... set director
John Stooshnov .... property master
Reg Tunnicliffe .... assistant props
 
Sound Department
George Mulholland .... sound mixer
Rob Young .... boom man
 
Special Effects by
Tom Fisher .... special effects
John Thomas .... special effects
Keith Wardlow .... special effects
Rick Baker .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Bert I. Gordon .... special visual effects (as B. I. Gordon)
Jody Richardson .... visual effects coordinator
Erik von Buelow .... miniature designer (as Erik Von Buelow)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David R. Anderson .... gaffer: British Columbia (as Dave Anderson)
Dave Clark .... still photographer
Art Collier .... best boy
Ron Gillham .... key grip (as Ronnie Gillham)
Tim Hogan .... dolly operator
Pat Hollywell .... key grip: British Columbia
Gundar Lipsbergs .... second assistant cameraman
Brian Montague .... gaffer
Rod Parkhurst .... camera operator
Dalibor Roas .... technician: Cinemobile
Thom Ryan .... first assistant cameraman (as Tom Ryan)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ilse Richter .... wardrobe (as Ilsa Richer)
Bob Watts .... assistant wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Bill Berry .... negative cutter
Tom Finan .... assistant editor (as Thomas Finan)
 
Transportation Department
Bob Bowe .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presenter
Cathy Buchanan .... first aid
James Chaikin .... production assistant
Duncan Daneault .... auditor (as Duncan E. Daneault)
Eunice Forester .... assistant to producer
Carol Gordon .... location coordinator: Canada
Peter Grant .... production assistant
Sharon Hall .... production assistant
Margaret Hanly .... script supervisor (as Margaret Hanley)
Burt I. Harris Jr. .... production assistant
Jacques Khouri .... location coordinator: Canada
Ann Lander .... publicist
Jacob Roueche .... production assistant
James R. Westwell .... location auditor (as Jim Westwell)
David Sheldon .... production executive (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"H.G. Wells' The Food of the Gods" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
88 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Finland:K-18 (cut) (1977) | Finland:(Banned) (uncut) (1977) | Germany:16 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (original rating) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video re-rating) | USA:PG

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Trivia:
Oversized reproductions of worms, chickens, wasps and rats were used to create the gigantic creature effect. Six different mechanized rat heads and four human-motivated rat costumes were also employed.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Quotes:
Morgan:[narrating] My name is Morgan and I play football. We'd worked our butts off tryin' to get it together for the big Sunday game, so the coach told us to knock it off and relax for a few days. One of my teammates, Davis, came up with the idea that we head out to the island...See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Blow Out (1981)See more »

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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Rats of the Gods, 19 July 2005
Author: Bogmeister from United States

A great title (borrowed from the greatest science-fiction writer of all time) and downhill from there, but this fun flic with a bad rep, for good reason in a couple of spots, taken in its entirety offers more entertainment value, pound for pound, than most of the other 'eco-terror' flics of the '70s; that's not saying much, but there were plenty of 'em: Bug(75); Night of the Lepus(72); Squirm(76); Kingdom of the Spiders(77); Prophecy(79); Empire of the Ants(77); Frogs(72); Day of the Animals(76); Ben(72); and even Phase IV(74), which was more intelligent but a bore. The only one on par with this is Piranha(78), whose director, Dante, moved to the A-list, and the original Willard(71), which had the added psycho angle. Beyond this, "Food.." contains a wicked depiction of American 'can do' gumption, embodied by Marjoe (an odd choice for leading man). He kills a rooster which was just minding its own business and defending its turf, and never apologizes to the owner (Ida Lupino). Later, he causes the deaths of his buddy (Cypher) and the obvious villain (Meeker-slumming,but the 'go to' guy those days for bad guy roles) by refusing to listen to their logical arguments for getting out of the mess they're in. No, it's his way only, 'cause he's the toughest around these here parts, and if a few people get eaten due to his manly choices, well, that's the American way. In a very strange way, it called to mind the relentless expansion & colonization represented by the American spirit; OK, that's a stretch, but, in another genre, his role would be played by someone like John Wayne, who needs to make the tough decisions. However, if you look more closely at Marjoe's character, he seems to have some crazy death wish. At one point, when they already know the island is infested with giant killers, he decides to go look around in his jeep, which offers no protection at all; his friend, echoing the thoughts of the audience, asks what the hell for? Marjoe doesn't really have an answer; he even says "I don't know." Wild. I first saw this as a teen when it came out, in a downtown theater in San Francisco and sure, most of the FX, especially the dam breaking and water pouring out, caused me to groan in another sort of horror, but seeing people getting eaten alive by giant rats was nothing to laugh off back then. This looked pretty grisly. I recently acquired a decent DVD version and the photography was quite good. Oh, and a bit of a twist ending, to boot! The much later sequel, having little to do with this picture, really was a waste of time.

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