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Frogs
Frogs
Actors: Ray Milland, Sam Elliott, Joan Van Ark, Adam Roarke, Judy Pace
Director: George McCowan
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Cult Movies, Mystery & Suspense
PG     2000     1hr 31min

"A shocker reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds" (Variety), this amphibious horror flick is teeming with thousands of nasty-tempered creatures that are hopping madand murderous. Jumping with action, suspense, reveng...  more »

     

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Actors: Ray Milland, Sam Elliott, Joan Van Ark, Adam Roarke, Judy Pace
Director: George McCowan
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Cult Movies, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Cult Movies, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/19/2000
Original Release Date: 03/10/1972
Theatrical Release Date: 03/10/1972
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 1hr 31min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, Spanish, Spanish
Subtitles: French, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Chris W. (kungfudalek)
Reviewed on 9/9/2012...
I actually liked this movie. The acting was very cheesy, but other then that it was actually a great horror movie! check it!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Greg G. (Gregoodsell) from BAKERSFIELD, CA
Reviewed on 8/3/2011...
Delightfully bad movie, made to cash in on "Willard." One has to consider what the producers thought: what can Frogs really do, other than look ugly, croaking and spreading warts? Members of the ugly rich are dispatched by snakes, turtles and other swampland critters in this ecological fable. Come to think of it, there's very little separating this horror programmer from such art-house fare as"The Exterminating Angel" and "Savages" -- both are attacks on the upper classes via nature. A very early performance by the budding Sam Elliot and a twilight turn by Ray Milland are the cherries on the sundae for this swampy tale.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

An Idiotic But Fun "Frogs"!
joe moretti | New York, NY | 06/11/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The 1970's were loaded with forgotten films where nature struck back at man because of his mingling with pollution, poison or sheer carelessness ("Grizzly" - Jaws on Land, "Night of the Lepus" - giant killer rabbits), but "Frogs" stands out because it did not take itself too seriously and the cast which was headed by 50's star Ray Milland seemed to enjoy themselves filming it. Ray Milland heads a large family in the south which is gathering to celebrate his birthday. But for some reason the ole homestead seems to be bombarded with frogs and other bayou wildlife, so Papa Milland attempts to destroy them through whatever means he can including poison. Big mistake, it seems the frogs are not too happy about this and along with their reptile friends, including some nasty alligators, pick off the family members one by one. Although at times more hilarious than thrilling, "Frogs" does have a few chills and if you are looking for one of those good old drive-in movie types, this will do the trick. The cast is mainly a mix of B list actors including the usually wooden Sam Elliot, who seemed to appear in almost every other 70's flick. Judy Pace as a kooky clan member catching butterflies is hilarious. Rarely shown on television, (and then it is edited) pick up this nature versus man flick and enjoy."
"I still believe man is the master of the world."
cookieman108 | Inside the jar... | 08/02/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I can't believe it...I actually found proof that at some point in his life, actor Sam Elliot did not, I repeat, did not have gray hair...it appears his natural color was brown. I only mention this because it seems nearly every film I've seen him in, he's got those thick, silvery locks. Directed by George McCowan (The Magnificent Seven Ride!), Frogs (1972) stars the aforementioned Elliot (Road House, Tombstone), Academy Award winner Ray Milland (The Lost Weekend), and primetime soap goddess Joan Van Ark ("Knots Landing"), in her feature film debut. Also appearing is Adam Roarke (The Stunt Man), Judy Pace (Brian's Song), Lynn Borden (Black Mama, White Mama), David Gilliam (The Eagle Has Landed), George Skaff (Detroit 9000), and Holly Irving (Glass Houses).

As the film begins we see a man (whom we later learn is named Pickett Smith, played by Elliot) in a canoe, floating around in a swampy area, taking photographs of the local wildlife. Soon afterwards he turns his camera's eye towards all the pollution...damn mankind and his pollutin' ways! We find out later Smith is some sort of freelance photojournalist doing a piece on pollution and the environment, perhaps with the idea of making a difference...which is fine, but I'm thinking if'n he really wanted to make a difference, he could start by actually picking up the trash instead of just taking pictures of it...oh well...anyway, Smith paddles his way out to opens waters where's he promptly swamped by some a-hole and Joan Van Ark in a speedboat (the guy driving the boat was drinking a beer, and I kept expecting him to throw the empty over the side, you know, because man is so thoughtless with his waste, but, surprisingly, it didn't happen). The couple, who happen to be brother and sister or something, take Smith to a posh, gothic southern mansion on a nearby island owned by a curmudgeonly, crotchety, wheelchair bound wealthy industrialist named Jason Crockett (Milland), who's currently in the middle of an annual 4th of July celebration/birthday bash that none of his relatives want to be at, but they love his money so they feel obligated to show up out of fear that they may be neglected from the will...and there are quite a few of them, supplying quite the pool of future potential victims (when you've seen as many films as I have, this is how you tend to views things). It's about this time when we learn of Jason's contemptuous attitudes towards nature (I used one of his lines for the title of my review), including, but not limited to, heavy spraying and systematically poisoning of the area around his estate in order to keep the `pests' in check (I'm sure all that won't come back to bite him in the bum). I got news for you...it ain't working as there's about a bazillion reptilian and amphibious creatures crawling, hopping, slithering, sliming around the estate, their presence is becoming more and more intrusive...and then the deaths come as Mother Nature (metaphorically speaking) commands her creep crawly denizens to fight and take back what's rightfully theirs...'Today the pond! Tomorrow the world!'

Okay, okay, this movie is pretty silly, but I was entertained specifically because I wasn't expecting too much. By the time this film came out, the once powerful star status of Milland had been thoroughly (and sadly) subjugated into bloody submission, appearing in such cinematic fodder as The Premature Burial (1962), Panic in Year Zero! (1962), and Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)...and his torturous slide into B movie Hell didn't end here, as he went on to appear in such classics like The Thing with Two Heads (1972), Terror in the Wax Museum (1973), and The Attic (1980). His role here is pretty much the same role he played throughout the latter part of his career, that of the controlling, stubborn, pain in the rear, jerkhole whom you just pretty much want to throttle within an inch of his life from the git go...and he's the most interesting character in the film. Sam Elliot's character is a snooze, basically acting as the soothsayer to Milland's Julius Caesar, forewarning of the `Ides of March' i.e. the impending invasion, that is when he's not trying to use the phone which he knows to be dead because every damn time he picks it up it's there's never any connection. Another thing that annoyed me was there was one woman who did nothing but complain...perhaps she had a right, as her husband was a philandering, drunken a-hole, but still, it got old fairly quickly...and who dressed Miss Van Ark? That yellow one piece has to be one of the most unflattering outfits I've ever seen. All right, there weren't a lot of likeable characters in this film, but that's soon taken care of as the deaths come fast and furious (usually due more to a character's own stupidity than anything else), by any number of various creepy crawlies, not just frogs. The simplistic story moves along okay, riddled with continuity errors and an over abundance of nature shots (it was pretty obvious the frogs were either prodded or tossed into reaction within numerous scenes), but then sort of fizzles out at the end...I think my favorite scene involve poor old Iris...she really got the full treatment, so to speak, during her climatic sequences...there were some good aspects about the film, like the overall atmosphere of the film, highlighted by Les Baxter's spooky scoring.

Provided on this MGM release is both the widescreen (1.85:1) version, enhanced for 16 X 9 TVs, along with the fullscreen, pan & scan formats. The picture quality is relatively good, but I did notice a few flaws, and a couple of scenes were a bit grainy. The Dolby Digital mono audio comes through pretty clearly. There really isn't any special features, but there is a trailer, one that features one of the characters dying in a completely different manner than she did within the film...

Cookieman108

By the way, if I learned anything from this movie it's that if you're running through the woods with a shotgun, best make sure the safety is on lest you accidentally kneecap yourself (Doh!) and get ate up by spiders...
"
Juicy, Fun Camp Classic!
Jery Tillotson | New York, NY United States | 03/28/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Okay, so having "frogs" as the major killing machine in a movie isn't all that terrifying. But in this very well-made B-movie, the film makers have added all kinds of dangers created by nature. Each of the main characters are destroyed by an avenging Mother Nature. A group of relatives and visitors gather at the isolated plantation estate of Pappy Ray Milland, a sourpuss and snarling SOB if ever there was one. It's great fun trying to predict how each of the shallow characters, except the hunky Sam Elliott will perish. By far the best death sequence is that with Lynn Borden, the older woman who likes to hunt for butterflies. Dressed in a beautiful pink and white summer frock, she's finally done in by snakes, quicksand, vines. She's shown in wonderfully bloody make-up, her hair all mussed, dying in the swamp. Black actress, Judy Pace, is also a hoot, in very 70s mod fashions. Sam Elliott gets to strip off his shirt in several scenes, giving us worshippers of male beauty a cheap thrill. The DVD edition doesn't have any extras but the picture quality is terrific, with all the moist, gleaming greenery of the swamp, dripping with danger, caught beautifully. Milland hams it up but you sense he really wasn't acting. Probably thinking of that Academy Award he received in the 40s for his performance in "the Lost Weekend"--and now performing in a low-budget American-International classic. Cheer up, Ray! "Frogs" is still being watched and enjoyed while "The Lost Weekend" is forgotten, except by old movie buffs and nostalgia addicts."