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Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Food of the Gods (1976)

Shhh...what's that sound?  Oh, it's H.G. Wells turning over in his grave.  Food of the Gods is an adaptation of a portion of one of Well's novels where nature gets nasty and begins turning on humans.  The premise of the story is fine and it's been done brilliantly before in films such as The Birds or Creature from the Black Lagoon.  However, the giant, mutant animals in this one are anything but scary.  In fact, they are guaranteed to produce roaring laughter when they appear on screen.  [The giant mutant chicken has to be seen to be believed.]
Shame on director Bert I. Gordon [Attack of the Puppet People] and the people credited with doing the special effects, Tom Fisher, John Thomas, and Keith Wardlow, for giving us such terrible creatures.  This was the year of Star Wars, people!  You really needed to kick it up a notch or two!  Surprisingly, effects guru Rick Baker is uncredited as helping with the special effects.  Perhaps he knew it was so bad that he didn't want his name to appear in connection with this film.  But, hey, a guy's gotta earn a paycheck so I forgive him!
The acting in Food of the Gods isn't too spectacular, either.  It's not bad but no one in this cast is in danger of being nominated for an academy award either!  The 70's gave us some great horror films so don't waste your time watching this one.  Try one of the classics such as Jaws or Carrie.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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