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Wednesday, June 10, 2015


The classic Bert I. Gordon film finally arrives on Blu-ray.

The 70's were the best time of my life, and I remember seeing this in theaters and have always loved this film. Marjoe Gortner stars as one of three men who travel to a remote island for some relaxation, and find that such creatures as wasps, chickens and rats have grown to gigantic size.

It seems that a mysterious substance from inside the earth has bubbled up on a small farm, and the owners have been feeding it to the animals. Ida Lupino is Mrs. Skinner who owns the farm with her husband. One of Gortner's friend is killed by giant wasps and he intends to get to the bottom of things.

Meanwhile, a corporate executive who is working with Mr. Skinner arrives on the farm and claims rights to the weird goo. Ralph Meeker is perfect as Besington, the greedy exec who wants to make millions. Pamela Franklin is his assistant, Lorna.

Soon everyone finds themselves fighting for survival against an army of giant rats. Will they survive? This is very loosely based on the story by H.G. Wells, and Wells would probably spin in his grave, but damn, it is fun.

As I said, I love this film, and always will. The effects are super cheap, but that is the charm of this film. Thank God there is no CGI shit here. The cast works well together and also includes Belinda Belaski, Jon Cypher, and Chuck Courtney.

It's great to see this on Blu-ray and it looks better than is has ever looked. The disc also includes an interview with Belaski which is very informative and fun. This is paired with "Frogs", another one of my all time faves, and I will review that film here tomorrow. Great stuff here. Recommended!!

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