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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:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Pretty Stupid, But Fun If That Is What You Want See more (63 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)
 
Location Management
Carol Gordon .... location coordinator: Canada
Jacques Khouri .... location coordinator: Canada
 
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
Peter Grant .... production assistant
Sharon Hall .... production assistant
Margaret Hanly .... script supervisor (as Margaret Hanley)
Burt I. Harris Jr. .... production assistant
Ann Lander .... publicist
Jacob Roueche .... production assistant
James R. Westwell .... location auditor (as Jim Westwell)
David Sheldon .... production executive (uncredited)
 
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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) | Netherlands:16 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video re-rating) | USA:PG | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
British actress Pamela Franklin's last film although she would continue to work on TV in guest starring roles.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 »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Pretty Stupid, But Fun If That Is What You Want, 14 October 2010
Author: gavin6942 from United States

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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