After going on Facebook today I noticed that the New Beverly revival theater in Los Angeles is going to show the 1976 B shlock fest “The Food of the Gods” Tuesday, July 26th, as part of a tribute to the movie’s writer-director Bert I. Gordon. What I found amusing about this is I just watched Food of the Gods at my local community theater this weekend.
My friend Scott at the theater screened it for me Sat at midnight in DVD projection after I bought a copy on Amazon last week. I first saw Food of the Gods when I was nine years old at the Mayfair Theater in Brooklyn, NY. I think I saw it there 3 or 4 times and always enjoyed the pure craziness of what amounts to a giant ‘rats verses man’ movie. Having now seen it for the first time in 37 years, I must say I enjoyed the heck out of it again. MGM released the DVD in 2007 as part of their midnight movie series and the print is quite good. Very good, in fact. Check out the trailer if you have never seen it and get a copy on Amazon now!
This new Rise of the Planet of the Apes trailer was shown over the weekend at Comic-Con and I really like what I see. While you certainly have to suspend disbelief that Apes could take over our modern society (it was a little easier to believe in the 70’s), the footage looks pretty compelling. It certainly makes me excited to venture out on August 5th and see if this latest Apes movie can recapture the magic of the classic original franchise. Take a look