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The Food of the Gods
Directed By
Bert I. Gordon
Samel Z. Arkoff
Produced By
Samel Z. Arkoff
Bert I. Gordon
Written By
Bert I. Gordon
Marjoe Gorther
Pamela Franklin
Ralph Meeker
Jon Cypher
John McLiam
Iad Lupino
Music By
Elliot Kaplan
Reginald H. Morris
Editing By
Corky Ehlers

Distributed By
American International Pictures
Release Date(s)
June 18, 1976
88 min.
Flag of the United States United States
$1 million
The Food of the Gods is a 1976 science fiction thriller film released by American International Pictures and was written produced and directed by Bert I. Gordon.

The Food of the Gods starred Marjoe Gortner, Pamela Franklin, Ralph Meker, Jon Cypher, John McLiam and Ida Lupino This film was Ioosely based on a portion of the H.G. Wells novel The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth.

Michael Medved gave it the The Golden Tukey Award for Worst Rodent Movie Of All Time.

Plot Edit

The film reduced Wells' tale to an "Ecology Strikes Back" scenario, in science fiction movies at the time. The food"mysteriously bubbles up from the ground on a remote Island somewhere in British Columbia. Mr. and Mrs. Skinner (John McLima and Ida Lupino) consider it a gift from God, and feed it to their chickens, which grow larger than humans as a result. Rats, wasps, and grub worms also conume the substance, and the island becomes infested with giant vermin. One night, a swarm of giant rats kill Mr. Skinner after his car tyre punctured in the forest.

A professional football player named Morgan (Marjoe Gortner) is on the island for a hunting trip with his buddies when one of them is stung to death by giant wasps. After ferrying his friends back to the mainland, Morgan returns to investigate. Also thrown into the mix are Thomas and Rita (Tom Stovall and Belinda Balaski), an expecting couple; Jack Bensington (Ralph Meeker), the owner of a dog food company, who hopes to market the substance; and Bensington's assistant Lorna (Pamela Meeker), a bacteriologist. After Morgan locates and dynamites the ginat wasps' enormous nest, he and the others become trapped in the Skinner's farmhouse, surrounded by giant rats. Mrs. Skinner, Morgan's friend Brain (Jon Cypher), and Bensington are killed by the rats.

Morgan blows up a nearby dam, flooding the area and drowning the rats, whose size and weight renders them unable to swim. After the waters clear, the survivors pile up the bodies of the rats, spilling the jars of "F.O.T.G." and gasoline on them before burning them. However, several of Mrs. Skinner's jars of "F.O.T.G." are swept away, drifting to a mainland farm. The substance is consumed by dairy cows, and in the film's closing scene, schoolchildren are shown unwittingly drinking the tainted milk, impling that they will also experince abnormal growth.

Cast Edit

  • Maroje Gorther as Morgan
  • Pamela Franklin as Lorna
  • Ralph Meeker as Jack Bensington
  • Jon Cypher as Brain
  • Ida Lupino as Mrs. Skinner
  • John McLiam as Mr. Skinner
  • Belinda Balaski as Rita
  • Tom Stovall as Thomas
  • Chuck Courtney as Davis
  • Reg Tunniciffe as ferry attendant

Release Edit

The film premiered on 18 June 1976 in the United States. Scream Factory released the film on May 26, 2015 first time on Blu-ray Disc as a double feature with Frogs.

Reception Edit

The movie was AIP's most successful release of the year, causing them to make a series of films based on H.G. Wells novels

It was nominated for the Best Horror Film by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films in the 1976 Saturn Awards.

It has a score of 24% at Rotten Tomatoes from 17 reviewers.