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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Steve's Church-less Movie Of The Week ...

I have to work today. ME, Mr. Sunday Bad Movie!


I'm just complaining. Here's the movie ...




Yoinked from wikipedia and stomptokyo.com ...


"The Food of the Gods is a 1976 film released by American International Pictures and was written, produced, and directed by Bert I. Gordon. It starred Marjoe Gortner of Earthquake, Pamela Franklin, Ralph Meeker, and Ida Lupino. This film was loosely based on a portion of the H. G. Wells novel The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth.


The film was not very successful. Michael Medved gave it the Golden Turkey Award for Worst Rodent Movie Of All Time.




Director Bert I. Gordon, whose initials apparently determined his script choices, started off in the 1950s making bad but enjoyable movies like The Beginning of the End and The Amazing Colossal Man, all about oversized animals and people. By the 1970s Bert was directing bad and unwatchable films like The Witching (a.k.a. Rosemary's Disciples) and Empire of the Ants, all about oversized animals. This brings us to The Food of the Gods, possibly the worst film in Mr. BIG's catalog.


The credits claim that this film is based on 'a portion' of the novel Food of the Gods by H. G. Wells. Considering what we know of Wells' novel, this seems to be overstating things a bit. Pretty much the only 'portion' of the novel that appears on screen here are the two words "giant rat." The other 149,998 words are left largely unfilmed. The estate of Mr. Wells probably sighed in relief.




The film reduced the H.G. Wells tale to a simple 'Ecology Strikes Back' scenario, common in science fiction movies at the time. Food mysteriously bubbles up from the ground on a remote island somewhere in British Columbia. The couple that discover it, Mr. and Mrs. Skinner (McLiam and Lupino) consider it a gift from God, and promptly begin feeding it to their chickens. Soon, rats, wasps, and worms consume the substance, and the island is crawling with giant vermin. Some of them later kill Mr. Skinner one night.


No suspense is ever generated, and most of the dialogue is the characters bickering with each other. It seems like having characters bickering with each other became a standard in horror scripts after Night of the Living Dead , but that movie was about the breakdown of society. Most of these characters, especially the married couple, argue endlessly before faced with any giant animals.


Is this film supposed to be fun to watch? All it does is make us root for the rats."




Steve's Snacks Of The Week:



Coffee

Pills

Chips

Coffee

Cold Pizza

Coffee

Breathing Treatments




... AND NOW, Steve and this blog are both PROUD to once again present today's Church-less Movie of the Week in its entirety FOR FREE! But lets go over a few rules first. There's no talking in Steve's Theater during our feature presentation and talkers WILL be hung.


Also, no cell phones or African-American berries in the theater. No open flames. Dispose of all trash in its proper receptacle. And NO TEXTING! Very serious about that one.


And be sure to dim your headlights (where applicable).


ENJOY THE SHOW, Y'ALL!


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