Scream Factory has expanded its line of horror releases into the subgenre of eco-terror with its “The Food of the Gods / Frogs” Double Feature. Both films are legendary for their low-budget warnings against mankind’s mistreatment of the environment and animals. We may be left giggling by the end of each movie, but we’re also thinking about the ecological destruction we’ve wrought on ourselves and the world we live in.
In “The Food of the Gods,” a strange edible substance appears on a remote island. Local farmer Mr. Skinner (John McLiam) and his wife (Ida Lupino) deem it a blessing and feed it to their farm animals. Soon other wildlife such as rodents and insects have eaten the food, which makes anything that consumes it grow in size. These gigantic beasts start terrorizing the island, with an athlete named Morgan (Marjoe Gortner) among those who are fighting for their lives against the gargantuan creatures.
“Frogs” tells the story of grumpy Southern chemical baron Jason Crockett (Ray Milland), who is not terribly concerned with the environment. When Pickett Smith (Sam Elliott), a wildlife photographer in the area, stumbles upon the snakebitten corpse of Crockett’s gardener, who was sent out to spray pesticide, he knows something is amiss. Smith attempts to warn Crockett and his family to postpone their Fourth of July celebrations as local animals begin behaving strangely, but Crockett stubbornly refuses.
Both “The Food of the Gods” and “Frogs” are rated PG. They contain violence and gore, profanity, alcohol and smoking, and frightening and intense scenes. There are lots of bloody deaths at the jaws and claws of rats, leeches, crocodiles, snakes, and more.
Scream Factory’s “The Food of the Gods / Frogs” Double Feature boasts some entertaining bonus material. Audio commentary is provided by Director Bert I. Gordon for “The Food of the Gods.” New interviews with Actresses Belinda Balaski (“The Food of the Gods”) and Joan Van Ark (“Frogs”) are included. There are also theatrical trailers found as well.
If you like to see humans get their comeuppance at the hands of angry mutated animals and annoyed reptiles, Scream Factory’s “The Food of the Gods / Frogs” Double Feature is right up your alley. Both are cult classics that excel in cheese, but at the same time have some of the most dastardly (yet funny) death scenes I’ve seen at the hands of wild beasts. Legendary actors like Sam Elliott, Pamela Franklin, and Joan Van Ark trying to take the material seriously is the icing on the cake.
Scream Factory’s “The Food of the Gods / Frogs” Double Feature is available now on Blu-ray.