It’s All Connected: Frogs (1972) & Food Of The Gods (1976)

Hey, it turns out we’re getting pretty close to the Big Day, so I’m going to bunch a few of these films up for a variety of reasons. I’ve teased this film a few times, but Frogs was actually one of the films I’ve been wanting to do for It’s All Connected since close to the beginning. I’m not sure, maybe it was watching Swamp Thing and its sequel that spawned the idea, but I’ve been craving some awesome Sam Elliott goodness and figured out a way to get to Frogs by way of his co-star Ray Milland, which is why I watched Terror In The Wax Museum. I fully intended to go a different direction from there, but then I blew the whole plan up and went with Food Of The Gods, continuing the “animals run amok” theme!

Enter, If you dare…

Halloween Scene: Frogs (1972)

Like Food Of The Gods, Frogs deals with nature and what can happen when man screws with nature too much. In this case, instead of giant animals, our killers are frogs, birds, snakes and other reptiles and amph-ibians. It might sound kind of ridiculous, and it definitely is, but the repeated shots of frogs ribbiting and other animals doing their “menacing stare” thing, does get a little creepy after a while. And the reason these animals are so pissed is because Jason Crockett has used tons and tons of pesticides to keep his southern island looking nice.

I actually saw the very end of this movie years ago on AMC and considered it “seen.” But, now that I’m working on a few more posts for Topless Robot, it popped into my head and I figured I’d give it a good watch. Well, I’ll be honest, I missed about 20 minutes of the movie. I saw the beginning where a drunk dude in a speed boat knocked Sam Elliott out of his canoe (though I didn’t realize it was him until I looked the movie up on IMDb). It also took me two days and three viewings to watch it because I kept getting tired or wasn’t really paying attention and wanted to and it really is just a strange movie. It’s fun in the same way that Food Of The Gods or Squirm is, but the kills definitely get a bit silly at times (a Kimodo dragon or something knocks off several bottles in a green house, which mix to form a gas cloud that kills a guy). Also, the end is very reminiscent of The Birds, which makes sense the more I think about it. But, really, it’s just fun to watch Sam Elliott be awesome. I’ve never seen him this young in a movie, as Big Lebowski, Ghost Rider, We Were Soldiers, Golden Compass and the amazing Road House are the only flicks I’ve seen him in. What other Sam Elliott movies should I check out? Help me get my Netflix queues back up to 300!