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Food of the Gods II (1989)

R | | Sci-Fi, Horror | 19 May 1989 (USA)
A growth hormone experiment gets out of hand, when the the resulting giant man-eating rats escape, reaking havoc on the unsuspecting campus. Much blood-letting follows.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Neil Hamilton
... Alex Reed
... Mark (as Real Andrews)
... Al
... Angie
... Joshua
... Dr. Treger
Sean Mitchell ... Bobby
... Edmond Delhurst
David B. Nichols ... Dean White
Robert Kennedy ... Brett
... Lt. Weizel
... Jacques
Howard Jerome ... Louis
Deborah Cass ... Elaine


A growth hormone experiment gets out of hand, when the the resulting giant man-eating rats escape, reaking havoc on the unsuspecting campus. Much blood-letting follows. Written by <mbdinger@waikato.ac.nz>

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Food of the Gods Part 2  »

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[first lines]
Mark: [chanting and wearing a cow mask] Animals have rights! Animals have rights! Animals have rights! Animals have rights! Animals have rights! Animals have rights! Animals have rights! Animals have rights! Animals have rights!
[sees Delhurst approaching]
Mark: Professor Delhurst! Professor Delhurst, I wanna talk to you.
Edmund Delhurst: Would you get out of my way, please? I'm late.
Mark: For what? Another execution?
Edmund Delhurst: Somebody call security.
Mark: The animals keep checkin' in, but they don't check out, do they? You're not ...
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A rat movie with an extra serving of cheese.
31 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

Lots of human error adds up to one colossal mess in this follow-up (rather than true sequel) to the 1976 film adaptation of H.G. Wells' "The Food of the Gods". A growth hormone, initially used on produce, is injected into one rat, and the effects spread to other rats, which all develop a taste for human flesh after they become giants. The monstrous rodents then terrorize a college campus.

Almost all of the human characters are stupid beyond belief, so ones' instincts will be to side with the rats and enjoy watching these people become rat chow. Written by Richard Bennett & E. Kim Brewster, and directed by Damian Lee, "Food of the Gods II" is so uproariously idiotic that you have to believe that these filmmakers were definitely going for tongue in cheek. The dialogue is dumb, the characters are insipid, and the movie utterly devoid of anything resembling suspense. But the good news is that this is quite violent and gory, and people will laugh in appreciation and approval at the hideous demises on display. The music by Dennis Haines & Stephen W. Parsons is pretty absurd at times, adding to the comical feel.

Among the highlights: a subplot about a giant kid (Sean Mitchell), a memorable nightmare sequence, and the riotous climax where the rats run amok during the grand opening of the colleges' brand spanking new sports complex, disrupting some synchronized swimming.

Paul Coufos ("The Lost Empire", "Chopping Mall"), who somewhat resembles Jeff Fahey, makes the mistake of taking himself too seriously, while at least some of the others here know they're performing in utter schlock and deliver goofy performances (like that priceless janitor Zeke (David Koyle)). And the lovely Lisa Schrage, the villainess of "Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II", is on hand to play the leading lady. Prominent Canadian actors Colin Fox ("Daylight") and Jackie Burroughs ("The Dead Zone") are among the supporting cast.

Quite entertaining, provided that you know what to expect and enjoy this sort of thing to begin with.

Seven out of 10.

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