THE FOOD OF THE GODS / FROGS – Blu-ray Review
I am back with another awesome creature double feature Blu-ray review from Scream Factory! This time nature strikes back with The Food of the Gods and FROGS.
The Food of the Gods, directed by Bet I.Gordon is the story of farm animals growing to unusual sizes and terrorizing a family home on a small island. Okay, not all of them are farm animals, just the chickens but there are rats, grub worms, and wasps. An old farm couple discover some oatmeal looking ooze claiming that God sent it to them and they start feeding it to their animals. It turns out to be some kind of growth hormone but like all ‘horror’ movies, things go wrong. The animals start to attack and it’s up to a football player, a greedy executive, a “lady bacteriologist,” and an expecting couple to stop them.
It’s another great B-movie. Just like with Empire of the Ants,, also directed by Bet I. Gordon, he used miniature sets and photographs/paintings to give the audience the feel that the animals had grown to a massive size. My favorite scene is when the rats are attacking a RV from a couple that gets stuck in the mud. The film transfer is really well done considering that it was released in 1976. I also didn’t notice any sound issues so that’s a plus, at least for me.
The second feature on the disc is titled Frogs. The film directed by George McCowan is the story of a angry, bitter, old man who is set in his ways and forces his family to visit him at his island estate for a party. This old man is polluting the area of his million dollar mansion to shut up the frogs because his family can’t stand the sound of their croaking. So what do the frogs do? They fight back. Yes!
Frogs is one of those films that features stupid humans running around in the woods getting attacked by snakes, spiders, and tegu lizards. The scene that made my skin crawled involved spiders, sentient trees, and a human that failed at hunting. Oh my god it was the best part of the whole film in my opinion. Frogs was my favorite of the two films on this Blu-ray release. It had a slow start but once the attacking begin, I had a fun time watching. Just like with The Food of the Gods, the transfer and sound were done really well. I didn’t notice sound difference at all between both features. Also included were some great bonous features. Both films had their trailers, TV spots, radio spots, with director Bert I. Gordon doing audio commentary for The Food of the Gods, and interviews with actresses from both films. I’m a fan of trailers so this was a really treat for me.
If you are a fan of animals attacking humans be sure to pick up this release!
THE FOOD OF THE GODS
Legendary director Bert I. Gordon (The Amazing Colossal Man, Attack of the Puppet People) – the father of the “gigantic creature” genre – delivers this spine-tingling tale of ecology gone berserk. Based on H.G. Wells’ classic horror novel, The Food Of The Gods predicts a terrifying future where over sized animals are suddenly at the top of the food chain and ready to take over!
On a remote island, a mysterious substance is oozing from the ground. A farmer sees that it acts as a growth hormone and thinks his fortune is made. But when rats, chickens, worms and wasps begin sampling the potent substance, they morph into bloodthirsty giants! Now, it’s up to the island’s few residents and visitors to destroy “the food of the gods”… before the animals take over for good!
“A shocker reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds” (Variety), Frogs is an amphibious horror flick teeming with thousands of nasty-tempered creatures that are hopping mad – and murderous.
Jason Crockett (Ray Milland, X: The Man With The X-ray Eyes) is an aging, physically disabled millionaire who invites his family to his island estate for his birthday party. The old man is more than crotchety… he’s crazy! Hating nature, Crockett poisons anything that crawls on his property. But on the night of his shindig, it’s nature’s payback time, as thousands of frogs whip up every bug and slimy thing into a toxic frenzy until the entire environment goes environ-mental. Sam Elliott (The Legacy, Road House) and Joan Van Ark (The Last Dinosaur) also star. New High-Defintion Transfer!
THE FOOD OF THE GODS
New Audio Commentary With Director Bert I. Gordon
New Interview With Actress Belinda Balaski
New Interview With Actress Joan Van Ark
The Food of the Gods / Frogs is out on Blu-ray and can be ordered at Shout! Factory!