Episode 232: Gnaw Food of the Gods II (1989)


It looks like Brian's movie pick intervention worked, because he chose a real banger this week: the forced-perspective gory goodness of GNAW: FOOD OF THE GODS 2 (1989)! If you've ever wanted to see a young boy swear a bunch in the first 5 minutes of a movie, now's your chance... You also get to see some people bang on a bed of arugula, synchronized swimming, and a naked man-ass chase scene. By golly, GNAW's got everything!

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"It's like Two for 2020" - Matt

More Giant animal Films

We see a lot of amazing creature designs and practical effects on HMN, so sometimes it's nice to take a step back and see our SFX heroes' humble beginnings...like the ridiculously dumb Rick Baker monstrosity, OCTAMAN (1971)! More or less a lower-budget, less skilled retelling of the Creature From the Black Lagoon (written by the same guy), this one is 100% due to its moment of glory in Gremlins 2: The New Batch, so thanks for that, Brian. Between the three of us, we only have 6 arms to fight Octaman's 8, wish us luck!

Why are there no porn plots where a busty lady has a rodent problem and calls an exterminator to clean up, and then when he's done and showing her a giant rat he killed, she pays him in sexual favors? If any aspiring directors out there are into this, you gotta get someone who gives 110% every second on screen like Brad Dourif does in 1990's Stephen King adaption GRAVEYARD SHIFT. These are our terms. In any case, it must suck to share screentime with a juggernaut like Dourif when you can barely remember your lines or what it sounds like when humans talk, and you can get a taste of that by watching everyone else in this film, as they are picked off by a gigantic rat/bat monster in delightfully gruesome ways. The Maine accents are pretty confusing, but there's still some meat left on the bone here, so clock in for your shift with Horror Movie Night!

We are joined this week by Podcast Brother Brian Kelly as we discuss Troma's attempt at an urban giant killer bug movie. The film has the look and feel of a film shot on a weekend but if you love seeing guys acting with an immobile bug puppet than have we got good news for you. We discuss 1997's BUGGED on this week's HORROR MOVIE NIGHT!