Shout Factory continues to deliver bring the cult classic horror films to the fans under their Scream Factory brand. Their latest double feature brings 1976s The Food of the Gods and 1972s Frogs to Blu-ray for the first time ever.
In The Food of the Gods a man and his friends are on a hunting trip on a remote Canadian island when they are attacked by a swarm of giant wasps. Looking for help, he stumbles across a barn inhabited by an enormous killer chicken. After doing some exploring, they discover the entire island is crawling with animals that have somehow grown to giant size. The most dangerous of all of these, however, are the rats, who are mobilizing to do battle with the human intruders. This is a ridiculous movie with old school laughable practical effects and that is exactly why it works so well. This is a style of filmmaking that is all but gone using the large practical monsters instead of CGI so getting to revisit these films is pure nostalgic fun. Outside of the practical props they use the blended video taking actual rats and blending the footage with the actors to make them appear large that is so obviously fake, but for the time was effective enough to get the point across. The story is silly and most of the acting is pretty bad, but that all just adds to the charm of it all.
In Frogs an aging, grumpy, physically disabled millionaire has invited his family to his island estate for his birthday celebration, but he hates nature, poisoning anything that crawls on his property. On the night of his birthday the frogs and other members of nature begin to pay Crockett back. Unlike the other film on this collection the poster work for this film is a bit misleading. There are no large animals attacking, but instead it’s the actual normal size animals delivering the terror. This one plays a lot slower as it tends to focus way too much on the annoying family that is the story centers on. The actions of all of these people, especially the grandfather makes little to no sense. There is never any kind of explanation to why he is so angry about everything and you actually could care less, you just want him to die. The take a simple approach to the kills here with none of them being overly graphic of all that creative, but for the story they are trying to tell and the time it was made it works well enough. While this film falls short for the most part its saving grace is getting to see a very young Sam Elliott in one of his earliest performances.
In addition to the two films of this collection this release features a variety of special features including new interviews, commentaries, and the theatrical trailer. If you are a fan of classic nature strikes back horror films then these will no doubt be required additions to your collection so be sure to grab The Food of the Gods/Frogs Double Feature when it hits Blu-ray on May 26th.
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