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The Food of the Gods (Midnite Movies) (1976)

Marjoe Gortner , Pamela Franklin , Bert I. Gordon  |  PG |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marjoe Gortner, Pamela Franklin, Ralph Meeker, Jon Cypher, Ida Lupino
  • Directors: Bert I. Gordon
  • Writers: Bert I. Gordon, H.G. Wells
  • Producers: Bert I. Gordon, Samuel Z. Arkoff
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Mono), French (Mono), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RO9PV4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,438 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Food of the Gods (Midnite Movies)" on IMDb

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On a remote island a farmer discovers a strange gooey substance that causes animals to grow rapidly. His problems begin when the creatures get hungry - they prefer human flesh. Based on H.G. Wells' novel of 1904.System Requirements:Running Time: 88 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: SCI-FI/FANTASY Rating: PG UPC: 027616087621 Manufacturer No: M108762

Though many of director Bert I. Gordon's previous films tackle the man versus nature theme central to the sci-fi genre, Food of the Gods' ecological concern makes it a bit more prescient than his classics from the 50s and 60s. Having unleashed gargantuan humans in Village of the Giants, and insects in Empire of the Ants, Gordon adapted the eponymous H.G. Wells novel into a film that highlights human responsibility in nature as well as his ability to make animals look as large as trees and cars. Set on an island off the Canadian coast, Morgan (Marjoe Gortner) and some buddies from his football team retreat to the "country," but flee horrified after three giant wasps sting their friend to death. Following this initial attack, the viewer learns that on a nearby farm, Mrs. Skinner (Ida Lupino) and her husband are feeding a mysterious, toxic ambrosia labeled F.O.T.G. to their chickens, causing them to grow into huge mutants. As other forest dwellers accidentally ingest this foamy liquid, which bubbles up from the ground in a polluted artesian well, they become rabid human killers, symbolizing the revenge nature reaps on those who don't protect her. Meanwhile, bacteriologists Jack Bensington (Ralph Meeker) and Lorna (Pamela Franklin) visit to buy the rights to this disgusting, yellow goo. The most satisfaction comes during scenes in which maggots hiding amongst Mrs. Skinner's canned peaches attack her arm, or when giant rats invade a neighbor's motorhome. The culmination of horror in the final scenes is slightly gory (think bomb-exploded rats) but humorous enough not to nauseate. Serious environmental undertones in Food of the Gods only add depth to its schlocky tendencies, making it, overall, a great example of the "gigantic creature" special effects mastered by this remarkable director. —Trinie Dalton

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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOTALLY GOD-AWFUL GREAT!!!! July 14, 2007
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This is a movie that requires total and complete suspension of disbelief! And it's not just because of the god-awful special effects, either! The acting is completely off kilter with the story line of giant mutated creatures. Marjoe Gortner is quite possibly one of my all time favorite baaad actor of the 70's and his casual shoulder-shrugging, oh-well approach to the mutations is absolutely hysterical! No one else in the film seems to be too bothered by the giants so I guess why should he?! I loved this movie when it was first released but I was also 9 years old! If you have 90 minutes or so of your life to waste one evening, pop this sucker in the DVD player, grab some Jiffy Pop, sit back and relax. Enjoy!!!! :D
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looks better than it should July 9, 2009
I remember this being the first horror movie I asked my mother to take me to see. She gave me the choice of Snow White or Food of the Gods. I had seen the ads on TV (this was the mid 70's) and so off we went. I remember having to leave the theater at least twice, scared out of my six year old mind, but each time I was able to convince my mother I was going to be ok to sit through the rest of the movie. What I remember was shock, terror and sympathy for the characters being bitten or eaten alive. I was too young to realize the special effects were so bad. Years later, I found it again when I was 13 or 14 in a local video store (before big chains). That's when I realized how bad the movie was. I thought about this movie from time to time since then and now, at 38, finally found they have released it on DVD. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it, as this was a piece of my youth that has had a lasting impression on me and allowed me what I think of as a virtue to appreciate movies for what they are. They don't all have to be great to be good and millions spent cannot polish a turd. Most young people nowadays don't have that instilled in them, and that's sad. I love a good movie and can appreciate one that's poorly made but still fun in it's execution.
I watched this DVD on a 65" projection screen and was happily surprised with how good the picture was. I made my wife sit through this and could feel her stares of unbelief and eye rolls of "I can't believe you're making me watch this" as I laughed in all the inappropriate places and reminisced about that trip to the movies.
Highly recommended film to lovers of bad horror and terrible special effects. The scenes I remember that day in the theater don't look the same through 38 year old eyes, but this movie changed my perspective forever and am proud to list this as one of my favorite childhood memories.
Thanks mom.
You ruined my life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where the **** did you get those *** **** chickens! December 29, 2007
Some of the best bad movies are finally arriving on DVD, and I'm happy to report that "Food of the Gods" ranks near the top of this list. I first saw this as part of a double feature at the neighborhood theatre back in the mid 70's. It was playing with "Empire of the Ants." Horror films of this time really tried to capitalize on the "giant creature attacking genre." In this case, several woodland critters get a taste of some "gunk" that causes them to turn gigantic, and apparently develop an appetite for mankind. The acting is insanely bad, but you need to know that this film wasn't shooting for oscars. At the time, everyone was making a movie about some huge creature or another (again, playing off the fame of "Jaws"). If filmmakers packaged it the right way, with a PG rating, the kids would rush out to watch it. Admittedly, the film has lost some luster over the years, and the special effects are rather lame, but if you have a sense of humor and a craving for B-movie fare, then I'd say this is a proper choice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rat Bastards!!!!!!!! June 18, 2009
You must understand that this is a 70's B movie in order to enjoy the tremendous overacting and hilarity that comes in this man against beasts grown huge thriller. I saw this back in the day in the theater when it was released in a double feature with Day of the Animals. Ahhhh yes, what a great day that was! I just saw this again for the first time in 33 years and it did not disappoint!! The special effects for the hornets look better then some of the crap they put on Sci-FI thirty years later (it's still very fake though). The rats are cool when used against miniatures but they just can't keep the size of them consistent throughout the movie. When they use the bad rubber rat heads with mouths that don't move for up close and personal attacks, the rats would be around 4 feet long w/o the tail. In the distant shots the rat's bodies look 10 feet long. There is an attack of giant maggots that Ida Lupino just can't keep her hand away from even though they are just sitting in a bowl(I remember how much they promoted her name in the previews of that film for her awe inspiring 10 minutes of screen time-note to film maker, save some money next time for the special effects dept and let your old neighbor from next door play the role). The best part is the killer Rooster which I think the director had his elementary kids make in class and bring to the set. Too bad they didn't make the legs also since during one part you can see the roosters `human legs' controlling him. Marjoe `I cant stop yelling in this film' Gortner (the hero) is way overacting but you can tell he is not taking himself serious unlike when during the massive rat attack when the girl Pamela Franklin wants to get it on with him you say she literally cant be serious-what writer would put in that stupid line at that critical moment??? Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie and hard to find.
Published 1 month ago by J. Akwaboah
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good flic, always liked it
Published 1 month ago by marilyn clendaniel
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by Marleana
3.0 out of 5 stars so I don't like rats.
I'm a city boy, so I don't like rats...especially when they're gigantic..
Published 2 months ago by Michael P. Mckenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Captures a good timeline for the times
Published 3 months ago by John D Snith
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A nice Sci-Fi horror B movie.
Published 3 months ago by Marvin Price
3.0 out of 5 stars Classical Movie based out of a Classical Novel
Directed By Bert I Gordon, Produced by Samuel J Arkoff & Bert I Gordon, Starring Marjoe Gortner, Pamela Franklin, Ralph Meeker and Jon Cypher. Read more
Published 7 months ago by THREEKAY
5.0 out of 5 stars SCARED ME THEN IN 1976..GIANT RATS..LOVED THEM !!!!
I seen this in 1976. at first i had only caught a glimpse of the tv ad..thought they ( the rats) were wolves running. hey it was a black and white static tv... Read more
Published 8 months ago by LARRYMOVIEMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars A blast from the past!
This is one awesome movie from the past. Re-makes are everywhere but not for this movie. Excellent for its time and most enjoyable still today. A must have for a collector.
Published 9 months ago by DJ Sandoval
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the version I thought it was
I ordered this movie because I thought it was the older version. It plays well but not what I thought I was ordering.
Published 12 months ago by Sanchez Lawson
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