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Subj: ENMB Sci-Fi Cinema #1 - Gnaw: Food of the Gods Part 2 (1989)
Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2020 at 04:28:12 pm EST (Viewed 186 times)
Food of the Gods Part 2 (1989)
AKA Gnaw: Food of the Gods II
I've been chatting about scifi-ish movies, mostly from the 1960s and 70s, over on the GSBA Message Board. I've been thinking about doing the same for the 80s and 90s on this board, but I never imagined this would be the first installment.
Bert I. Gordon had made some giant monster movies in the 1950s and 60s and then he adapted, extremely loosely, the H.G. Wells novel "The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth" which was primarily about things growing bigger than they should. He wound up with Village of the Giants in 1965 about giant teenagers and The Food of the Gods in 1976 about giant farm animals, with an emphasis on rats. He was supposedly involved in production on what became this movie before he dropped out.
Food of the Gods Part 2 features both ideas. Bobby (Sean Mitchell) was a nice enough kid before his injection of growth hormone turned him into an 8 foot tall 8 year old. "It's never done that before," says Dr. Treger (Jackie Burroughs). Now he swears like a sailor and wants to beat everyone up. Neil Hamilton (Paul Coufos) is a scientist who tests things on animals, and he's dating animal rights activist Alex (Lisa Schrage). Neil wants to study the kid's condition so he injects some of Bobby's DNA into some tomatoes which grow to supersize in hours. I should mention this is probably the same thing that started the Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. Neil's lab rats chow down on the tomatoes and soon they are also supersized and loose on the city.
No matter how many scientists, animal rights activists or civilians get chewed to death, no one will believe Neil and Alex. Certainly not the Dean of the college where Neil does his research. Even when Neil discovers the rats are in the sewers beneath the new pool on campus where the synchronized swimming team is about to perform. He's just like the Mayor in Jaws who puts money ahead of safety. This guy is worse though; when the rats start coming towards him, he actually grabs a woman and uses her as a human shield.
So we've got real rats running around miniature sets and giant fake rats attacking actors, just like in the previous movie. What kicks this movie up a notch is all the other weird additions. The giant kid tries to escape from the house where he's being treated and leads security guards on a chase. Neil has a dream where he starts growing uncontrollably during sex. He seems more uncomfortable than his partner. An unscrupulous scientist (Colin Fox) accidentally injects himself with some of the growth hormone which has been mixed with a baldness drug and it causes him to melt.
There's also a cigar-chomping exterminator with a flamethrower that everyone likens to Clint Eastwood, but he reminded me more of Brad Dourif in Graveyard Shift.
It all leads to a showdown in the campus quad where Neil leads all the rats by playing "Three Blind Mice" (no, I'm not kidding) and they are all gunned down by the city police.
The twist ending brings things back around to big boy Bobby. Perhaps they had a sequel in mind for him? If they kept the same location it could have been "Big Boy on Campus."
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