We’ve Got B.I.G. Trouble

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Where’s Dr. Doolitle when you need him? In Food Of  The Gods (very loosely based on the H.G. Wells classic) footballer Morgan (Marjoe Gortner, Starcrash, Jungle Warriors) is out for a little R&R, but it’s hard to chillax when your sleepy little vacation spot is overrun by wasps the size of model airplanes and rats the size of St. Bernards. They’ve been eating some mysterious goop that comes straight out of the ground. Religious zealot Mrs. Skinner (Ida Lupino) feeds it to her farm animals, believing it to be a gift from the Lord. (If anyone should know how to handle fanatics, it’s Marjoe. He was a revival tent grifter when he was a kid.)  Ralph Meeker thinks the whole thing is actually a good idea…if he can find a way to profit from it. Director Bert I Gordon is famous for giant-sized sci-fi movies like this…The Amazing Colossal Man, Village Of  The Giants, Beginning Of The End… and the hilariously obvious FX used in them…and the part where Marjoe fights a giant chicken is priceless…

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While I Lay Dreaming

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The Earth Dies Screaming. Now there’s a title that doesn’t pussyfoot around. Most classic sci-fi flicks went with Attack Of…or Invasion Of…or Earth V.s., which still implied hope and a fair fight. This title lets you know straight up that shit just got real. Nolan, an American astronaut stationed in England, returns from a test flight to find that most of the population has dropped dead. The handful of other survivors are just as puzzled as he is. Before they can spend too much time speculating and bickering, some guys show up in standard issue 50’s sci-fi Jiffy Pop silver spacesuits. For a second, the survivors think that they’re about to be rescued. Sorry Charlie! They’re robots from outer space with an electrified touch. Zap! Dead! They can also reanimate corpses as zombies to help with cleanup. This top-notch cheapie chiller-thriller was directed by Terence Fisher, who made Hammer films such as Brides Of Dracula and Curse Of Frankenstein… Oh, and “Klaatu Barada Nikto” don’t wash with these ‘bots… 

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