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Movies about giant rats, shrews, rabbits and other small mammals that are no longer that small.

The Food of the Gods

Opening Thoughts

2016-food of the gods-note-000H. G. Wells’ Food of the Gods, or, rather The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth, is a satirical novel detailing the invention of a substance that causes gigantism in various organisms, including, in time, Humans. It concludes with the start of a great war between the giants and the regular folk, one the giants seem destined to win.

Which isn’t even hinted at during the course of this flick.

In fact, if anything part of the book could be honestly said to be adapted here, it’s the first part, where a village finds itself forced to deal with giant wasps, chickens, and yes, rats. Of which little actually seemed to interest Wells.

And all of which interest Bert I. Gordon, King of the Superimposed Giant Monsters.

On the matter of if this was a good thing or not, I will let the reader decide for themselves. Me, I’ve never been able to finish the book. The movie, however, I love dearly, despite its problems.

And what problems are these? Well, turn the page and we’ll start the ball rolling.  A farm house in the woods has become the home of something… horrible…

Food of the Gods

Date:
1976
Stars:
Marjoe Gortnor

Pamela Franklin

Ralph Meeker
Writer:
Bert I, Gordon
Director:
Bert I. Gordon
WRC Score:
3/4

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Note: 
First posted in
a different form
on July 15, 2010

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A restful retreat for two friends turns to tragedy as one of them dies of massive poisoning. Meanwhile a remote farmhouse becomes a place of horrors as chickens grow to enormous size. But these are but the least of the threat brought on by the Food of the Gods.

This is one of the Giant Monster movies Bert I. Gordon is best known for, featuring not one, not two, but three types of giant creatures to plague the protagonists.  It stems from the first part of H. G. Well’s classic novel of the same name, but stems is all you can say about it.

In comparison to the Giant Monster Movies that came out of the Seventies, Food of the Gods isn’t that bad.  This isn’t saying very much as its competition includes such winners as The Giant Spider Invasion and Empire of the Ants.  It’s an average sort of creature feature, in other words.  No better or worse for that (1 point).  In fact, the F/X works tend to be rather good for the period.

Though sadly we’ll becoming back to that point before long.

Personally, I love Food of the Gods.  The story, which does have its problems, doesn’t bother me and it has Pamela Franklin, one of my all time favorite actresses, in it.  I have fun watching it and even as I write this I’m wishing I could see it again (2 points)

There is, though, one inescapable problem.  There’s some very obvious violence against the rats in the F/X.  While it bothers me to see, it doesn’t affect my over all enjoyment of the film.  However I can see where it might someone else’s.  Thus I’m filing Food of the Gods as NOT RECOMMENDED.

Overall Score: 3 (-) total point out of a possible 4 (-_-)p

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