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H.G. Wells (portion of novel)
Bert I. Gordon (screenplay)
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Release Date:
18 June 1976 (USA) See more »
One Taste Is All It Takes! See more »
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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  (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
Ray Quintana .... commentary re-recordist (uncredited)
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 verified as complete

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

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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 »
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 »
Jack Bensington:[pointing at bubbling fluid from ground] That's what your husband brought us out here for?
Mrs. Skinner:Just like Mr. Skinner found 'er. Just like that one day. At first he thought it was oil and it was going to make us rich.
Jack Bensington:Come on, Lorna.
Lorna Scott:No, wait a minute, Jack, wait a minute. Look at this. I've never seen anything like it. Mrs. Skinner, how did your husband happen to feed it to the chickens?
Mrs. Skinner:Well, when we found out it weren't no oil, there was nothing to do about it, so we fed it to the chicks.
Lorna Scott:Right out of the ground like that?
Mrs. Skinner:No, miss. Nothing'll eat it unless we mix it with chicken feed.
Lorna Scott:And did all the chickens grow?
Mrs. Skinner:Only the baby chicks. Nothing seemed to affect the grown ones. Nothing at all.
Lorna Scott:Nothing happens to the full-grown chickens, is that right?
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23 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
A shameful way for BIG to go, 12 June 2002
Author: pv71989 ( from Fort Worth, Texas

You know, something bad happened to Bert I. Gordon. In the 1950s and 60s, he made films that were expected to be high camp ("Amazing Colossal Man," "Beginning of the End," "Attack of the Puppet People," "Earth vs. The Spider," "Village of the Giants" which inspired Irwin Allen's "Land of the Giants"). In the 70s, however, Gordon seemed to try to make his films serious. As with this film and, later, "Empire of the Ants," he found audiences had changed. Eco-horror with some message against nuclear power or industrial waste was the in-thing. Big studios didn't accept his old stuff anymore. So, he changed the tone of his movies and offered it anyone who would fund him. You can see the results.

The movie is based loosely on H.G. Wells' classic "Food of the Gods." Gordon later butchered Wells again with "Empire of the Ants." It revolves around a bunch of people who travel to the countryside and encounter giant, mutated animals and insects. The cast, like "Empire of the Ants" and other 70s eco-horror flicks, is filled with people who should have known better:

Marjoe Gortner (the psycho bag boy from "Earthquake") Pamela Franklin ("The Nanny," "The Legend of Hell House") Ralph Meeker ("Paths of Glory," "The Dirty Dozen") Jon Cypher (Chief Daniels from "Hill Street Blues") Belinda Balaski ("Piranha," "The Howling") Ida Lupino ("The Sea Wolf," "High Sierra," "Junior Bonner")

I was upset that Ida Lupino did that crapstravaganza. That is, until I saw John Huston in "Tentacles," Henry Fonda and Michael Caine in "The Swarm" and "Bradford Dillman in "Bug." Sometimes our favorite, beloved actors and actresses had to take schlock like this to either put food on the table or stay active in Hollywood.

Anyway, the animals are mutating because they're getting into Lupino's "ambrosia," a chemical mix she's supposedly using to make her fowl grow bigger. In H.G. Wells' story, the ambrosia, which means "food of the gods," makes everything bigger, including newborn children of pregnant women. The movie seemed about to touch on that, but didn't (although it was later shown in the very, very, very much unneeded 1989 sequel).

The acting is over the top. Franklin holds her own and Lupino seems to be having fun just being on the silver screen again after a long layoff. But, Gortner, a former brimstone evangelist, is unbelievable.

Ultimately, the undoing is caused by very poor special effects. The giant chicken attack will leave you rolling. Close ups of the head are actually done with a stunt actor in a chicken head trying to peck at people. The close-ups of the heads of the giant rats make them look like the stuffed toys they are. The sight of Ida Lupino beating at the giant plastic worm chewing on her arm will either make you laugh or have you crying as you fondly remember when she did much better films.

What makes this all worse is that Bert I. Gordon did a much better job with giantism in "Village of the Giants" in 1965. Could his talents have slipped this much in 11 years? Personally, I think he should have slipped a little camp into the film to take the edge off. When people think you're giving them crap and trying to pass it off as serious, the results are almost always less than pleasant.

"Food of the Gods" is decidedly unpleasant.

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