A Bert I. Gordon epic from American International Pictures...need I say more? Loosely based on a portion of an H.G. Wells' story, 1976's "The Food of the Gods" is another horror story of when nature rebels. As was the theme in many 1970s films, pollution is the culprit here. With an all-star cast (okay, Marjoe Gortner may not be an all-star), and big rats, giant chickens (and they are a hoot...or a cluck), gargantuan wasps, and over-sized maggots, our film today is a lot more fun than an episode of "The Love Boat."
Too late, the rats decide that humans taste better than the gunk coming from the ground. Uh oh, Rita (Belinda Balaski) and Tom (Tom Stovall) also join our peeps. Rita is in labor and doesn't want her newborn eaten by monster rats. Now trapped, Morgan comes up with a plan. It should be noted that Morgan's previous plans were dismal failures. As Lorna makes her desire for pre-marital sex known to Morgan, he now seems invigorated, Not all of our schmucks will survive, but the promise of a cheap hotel room on the mainland, and an amorous Lorna may just be the inspiration Morgan needs to come up with a competent plan to kill the rats.
Monday, April 24, 2017
After Robert Clouse directed several Bruce Lee films, he made a horror story for our time. They may look cute, but underneath their playful and obedient demeanor are man-eating creatures waiting for opportunity. Dachsunds! Beware! Okay, 1982's "Deadly Eyes" (aka "Night Eyes") may be a film about mutant rats attacking Toronto. However, if you realize the rats in this film are actually Dachsunds, made up to look like giant rats, this becomes a very enjoyable film.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Robert Quarry was on the edge of becoming the next Vincent Price. His portrayal as Count Yorga in Count Yorga Vampire and The Return of Count Yorga was horrific. Though he never portrayed Yorga after the sequel, you can be forgiven for calling 1972's "Deathmaster" the third Count Yorga film. Set in the L.A. area at the tail end of the hippy generation, the vampire in this film taps into the prevalent culture at that time. When Charles Manson, Anton LaVey, and Jim Jones were amassing doomed followers, "Deathmaster" tells the tale of one such figure, who just happens to be a bloodsucker.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Actually, this isn't quite accurate. The Sasquatch figure may be something far more vicious. Unlike the real Bigfoot, the monster in today's feature is taller and meaner, perhaps more like the Yeti of the Himalayas. The college girls? They are hardly competition to the fury nemesis they will encounter. In 2006's "Abominable," we have a nice creature feature that many of us first saw on SyFy. In our over sensitive culture, we have made Sasquatch into a lovable misunderstood mammal. In this flick, he is a blood-thirsty beast who eats peoples heads and guts...now that's more like it.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Okay, think back...Rita Jenrette! Come on. You remember. Need some clues. Friends with Senator Hubert Humphrey and Edward Kennedy. With clues like that it will come as no surprise that nudity will slip into our little game. In 1978 she married Democratic Whip John Jenrette. During a break in an all night House session, she and John had sexual intercourse on the Capitol steps. Unfortunately for John, the FBI came a calling and he was convicted of taking bribes from undercover agents. And Rita? She did spreads for Playboy in 1981 and 1984. In 1999 Rita sued a property company for failing to pay her a commission for the sale of a high rise to Donald Trump. This brings us to 1984's "Zombie Island Massacre." Perhaps a fitting metaphor for the swamp that is Washington, DC.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
For all of us less than perfect film fans, 1967's "They Came from Beyond Space" is a flick we can identify with. Our hero is a middle-aged scientist, recovering from an automobile accident. His main squeeze is his fellow scientist, a frumpy and icy non-babe. Sure, the plot may be way out there (...as the title suggests), but the brainiacs who will save the Earth actually look like smart schmucks.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
New feature on my blog begins today. Once a month or so I will highlight some talented individuals who have been great friends to my blogging efforts. In the realm of horror, I was happy to meet up with the very spooky (I mean that as flattery) Mormo. Mormo has a dynamic YouTube channel Mormo on YouTube and webpage Mormo Webpage . My own bias is for Mormo's reviews on YouTube. If you are always looking for unique views on horror coupled with videos of original films, check out Mormo. Also, follow Mormo on Twitter by clicking this link Mormo on Twitter .