The Horror Honeys: Saturday Creature Feature with Suzanne

Saturday Creature Feature with Suzanne

Saturday Creature Feature with Suzanne

The Food of the Gods (1976)

Greetings, my spooky darlings. Your Supernatural Honey is back with a tale of genetically mutated animals. Who doesn’t love a good mutant story? Am I right?

Morgan (Marjoe Gortner), a “professional” football player, and his buddies decide to take a break from the pigskin and go hunting on an island in British Columbia. While chasing down a deer, one of the guys goes off on his own, is attacked by giant wasps and dies. 

Morgan seeks help from a nearby farm, but is mauled by a rooster the size of a horse, who was protecting his monstrous lady-birds. The owner of the farm, Mrs. Skinner (Ida Lupino), shows Morgan a mysterious substance that bubbles up from the ground. Without testing it, the Skinners decided they should feed it to the chickens, resulting in their larger-than-life size. Unfortunately, the chickens aren’t the only one who have been eating this “gift from God” and the local wildlife has also had interesting growth spurts.

Legit fear.
Enter the unscrupulous owner of a dog food company (Ralph Meeker) and his assistant, Lorna (Pamela Franklin), who plan to sell this goop. Can you even imagine a 6 foot pug? Anyhoo, Lorna isn’t on board with her boss’ evil plan and tries to reason with him, but her attempts are thwarted when they are ambushed by a herd of massive rats. Are they shrewd enough to outsmart the vermin or will they become human rat pellets?

The Food of the Gods takes itself a bit too seriously and that’s kind of why I love it. Based loosely on a story by H.G. Wells, it blends sci-fi and horror into a nature revenge film, which happens to be a favorite scenario of mine. Some of the film’s effects are clever, like using real rats on miniature sets and props, but also border on the ridiculous. Nothing like a man in a chicken suit to bring on the terror.

Don’t let the cover art fool you. None of the rats are having their way with lingerie clad hotties in trees. The movie takes place in early winter and everyone is in heavy coats and sweater. Nothing sexy about this. There is, however, a lot of unintentional humor, along with a hefty dose of gore, which makes it entertaining as hell.

Nothing worse that rats on the roof.

If you are an obsessive collector of films from the 70s and 80s, like I am, you need to have this in your collection. Scream Factory has just recently released this in a double feature format with another favorite man vs. nature title, Frogs

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