Films: Food of the Gods (1976), Gnaw: Food of the Gods Part 2 (1989)
Alias: Giant maggots, giant wasps, giant chickens, giant rats, Bobby
Location: Forest/Civilized area
Height/Weight: Ranges from that of human head to twice that of an average human.
Summary: Hey, here's a good idea! Instead of immediately exploiting inexplicable substances for their worth on the outside, perhaps you should look into it a bit more before things get out of hand.
History: Somewhere in British Columbia, a bizarre white substance has bubbled up from the ground. Those who consume it end up growing to gigantic sizes. At first seen as a gift from the Heavens, it's given to local chickens for food. But it isn't long before other animals get a taste of it, particularly a large amount of rats...
Notable Kills: A swimming pool gets filled with giant rats in the second film. The occupants are less than lucky.
Final Fate: Many animals are killed off, but the entire giant rat population is offed by a dam being blown up and drowning them. However, some of the "Food of the Gods" gets swept into a farm and drank by a school of children. Much later, in unrelated news, a man-made serum enlarges some rats and a guy named Bobby, the former of which is gunned down while the latter escapes.
Powers/Abilities: Constant growth.
Weakness: Anything conventional, rushing water.
Scariness Factor: 4-It's certainly a step-up from giant rabbits. The diversified giants certainly cause a lot of damage (even if the wasps tend to be poor blue-screen effects), and the rats can be pretty visceral. Bobby isn't much, even if that ONE scene with him and a woman is rather abhorrent.
Trivia: -"Gnaw" is hardly even connected to the original film. We just put it here so that we don't have to tolerate it later.
-In the original H.G. Wells story, "The Food of the Gods and How it Came to Earth", the substance is man-made, and mutates all of these creatures and even earwigs and spiders. It also deals with the ramifications of a conflict between the normal folk and the people enlarged by the substance.