Film / The Food of the Gods

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The Food of the Gods is a horror film from the year 1976. It was directed by Bert I Gordon, so it naturally has people fighting against (badly done) giant things.

Loosely based on a H. G. Wells novel The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth,note  the film follows football player Morgan who, on a trip with his friends to an island near the British Columbia, encounters giant wasps which kill one of his friends. He later discovers that the insects got huge due to a weird substance which is bubbling from the ground and any offspring of whichever eats it will grow into giants. Unfortunately, rats have eaten the stuff and their litters are also growing into unusual sizes....

In 1989 the film got an In-Name-Only sequel Food of the Gods 2.


Munch on these examples:

  • Eaten Alive: The giant rats' victims go on screaming for an awfully long time while they're being chewed on. Mrs. Skinner's arm is chewed on by giant mealworms, although her injuries are superficial enough that she's able to bandage them herself and carry on.
  • Everything's Better with Cows: Normal sized cows appear at the end.
  • Evil Albino: The white rat who leads the others.
  • Forced Perspective: Most of the rat effects.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The jars containing the size-altering substance are labeled as F.O.T.G.
  • Gaia's Vengeance: Morgan mentions in the opening narration the time when his father warned him about this.
  • Kill It with Fire: Morgan destroys the wasps by setting their nest on fire. The fire somehow vaporizes the whole thing without leaving anything behind.
  • Kill It with Water: A dam is blown up to drown the rats who, due to their size, are unable to swim. It is notable that the dam is next to the ocean and water level on the island rises above the sea level.
  • Molotov Cocktail: Morgan makes a whole lot of them when the rats besiege the farmhouse.
  • Monstrous Cannibalism: Mrs. Skinner says that the chicks which grew into giant chickens ate all the adult chickens that'd stayed normal-sized.
  • Pistol-Whipping: Morgan kills the leader rat by bashing its brains in with the butt of his shotgun.
  • Plot Hole: Bennington supposedly gathered every container Mrs. Skinner had on hand to collect the Food in, yet Morgan has no trouble finding lots of intact jars for his Molotov cocktails even after he's smashed Bennington's.
  • Rodents of Unusual Size: Naturally.
  • The Swarm: Of giant rats.
  • Terrifying Pet Store Rat: The superimposed rats playing the giant monsters mostly stare around as if they're looking for a treat. Dubbed in wildcat noises may help.
  • Too Dumb to Live: When our protagonists board up the house, they somehow forget the door.
  • Touch of the Monster: As seen above.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Bennington drives past Mr. Skinner's car, which is half on, half of the road, has its windshield smashed, one door torn completely off, and what appears to be its owner's bloodstained clothing littering the immediate surroundings. Admittedly, Bennington is a huge JerkAss, but Lorna, who is with him and a much more sensible, levelheaded and compassionate person, also reacts to it as though it's simply an ordinary broken down car and not clearly the site of a grisly, violent death.
  • The X of Y: The film's title.


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