Food of the Gods 2
, better known by its video title Gnaw: Food of the Gods 2
is...a very strange film.
Ostensibly, it's the sequel to Bert I Gordon
's 1970's (partial) adaptation
of H. G. Wells
' novel The Food of the Gods
, although the movie's shooting title was simply Gnaw
and the connection to Gordon's film was added later. Certainly, it has nothing to do with the events of the 70's film beyond the title. In that film, the titular "food" was a mysterious oatmeal-like glop that burbled up from the ground. Here, the "food" (and it's only called that once) is a greenish growth serum developed by a scientist.
Tropes used in this film:
- Anatomically Impossible Sex: Neil has a nightmare wherein he bangs female student Mary Anne after taking the growth formula. It... doesn't end well.
- Animal Testing
- Animal Wrongs Group
- Badass Bystander: One guy tries to be this, grabbing a cop's dropped gun a one point, however he's untrained and panicking and ends up killing more of his own fellow innocent bystanders than rats.
- Black Dude Dies First: Activist leader Mark.
- Body Horror: see I'm Melting below.
- Bloodier and Gorier
- Chekhov's Skill: Neil's ability to summon his pet rat by playing a flute, which comes in handy at the end of the film.
- Danger Takes a Backseat: One of the rats hides in the backseat of some poor schmoe's car.
- Dean Bitterman: Dean White is a jerk just to be a jerk, it seems.
- Dodgy Toupee: Delhurst wears one.
- Dream Sequence
- Eccentric Exterminator: The two Rat-A-Tak guys. Louis is a belching slob who slacks off and watches TV inside their pest control van, while Jacques is a cigar-chomping psycho who hunts rats with flamethrowers and laments that Americans don't take pride in their work anymore.
- Enfant Terrible: Giant kid Bobby insults and belittles his doctor before finally snapping her neck at the end of the film.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Jacques never thinks to ask what happened to his buddy Louis...
- Human Shield: Dirty Coward Dean White tries to use Mary Anne as a human shield during the rats' attack at the pool. It doesn't work, fortunately for her.
- I'm Melting: Edmond Delhurst's grisly fate by melting into a puddle of dog cancer, Street Trash style.
- In Name Only
- Karma Houdini: Dean White. He has the least grisly death out of all of the characters - if he even died from that puny fall - despite being arguably the most deserving one.
- Leit Motif: The exterminators have a really awesome late-80's synthesizer theme when they first appear. It's later used when Jacques is out hunting the rats.
- Mad Scientist
- Naked People Are Funny: Carlos. After getting bitten on the ass by one of the giant rats while he's going to the bathroom, he runs around shrieking with his pants down around his ankles and his rear end bleeding. Until he runs out into traffic and promptly gets hit.
- No Ending: Bobby kills Dr. Travis, escapes and....roll credits.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Dean White.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Lieutenant Weizel.
- Rodents of Unusual Size
- Sex Equals Death
- Shout-Out: The university is called Hamelin College, a reference to The Pied Piper of Hamelin. There are also a few scenes using the tune Three Blind Mice to lure rats, one on a flute, another Pied Piper reference.
- Too Dumb to Live: Al and Angie descend into the sewers aiming to kill the giant rats...armed with a tennis racket and a butterfly net.
- Waving Signs Around: The activists at the beginning do a lot of this.