Genre Guesstimation – Frogs (1972)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Barry of Cinematic Catharsis and we will be reviewing our favorite Nature Gone Berserk Movies.

Mother Nature usually takes care of us, with all the oxygen we can breathe, water we drink and cute bunnies we can pet, but what happens when she gets angry? Watch her unleash floods, earthquakes, volcanoes and animals gone mad.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Aug by sending them to berserkbarry@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Barry!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Nature Gone Berserk Movies.

“First of all, we’re gonna have to try to find Iris, Stuart and Michael. But to be very honest with you… I don’t think we will. Not alive anyway. But whether we find them or not, we have to get off this damn island! All of us, now! We’ll take the power boat. If we have to, we’ll tow the canoe.” – Pickett Smith

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Aug 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A photojournalist finds himself on a secluded island with a groups of aristocrats as the wildlife begins to take revenge on the population.

My Take on it – I decided that in order to make my guest choices of the Genre for the Genre Grandeur series more personal (and expand my own personal horizons of these genres), I will take a recommendation from my guest for a film to watch for this Genre Guesstimation series.

This movie was Barry’s choice for me to watch.

I was totally shocked when this film was chosen since I had never even heard anything about it beforehand.

The posters and plot synopsis that I read made me think that this film was about something else entirely.

The plot is extremely silly and fails to do anything that would make it more impactful.

They somehow tho are able to maintain a nice level of entertainment along the way because despite its terribly cheesy premise that fails miserably, this film stays fun to watch, even if it’s just to see how creative they can be with the horrendous premise.

The cast all give us very over the top performances that are funny to watch and the one standout among them is the very young Sam Elliott who manages to keep a straight face throughout this dumb-fest.

The story is extremely predictable and the only question that remains in the viewers mind is how will each of the characters dies not if.

The low budget production of the film makes the film even funnier to watch unfold because it’s so silly.

There is a reason that this film has gained a cult following, but it doesn’t manage to bring us a good storyline no matter how hard they try here.

Bottom Line – Totally not what I expected and completely silly. This film does a great job of keeping things fun despite the fact that it has a really silly plot that doesn’t work on so many different levels. The cast all give over the top performances except for Elliott who is great here. The story is quite predictable and the very low budget aspects of this film make for some pretty funny scenes despite the terrible plot.  I can understand how this film can become a cult classic, but it doesn’t work well enough for it to be impactful at all.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Many of the 500 Florida frogs and 100 giant South American toads purchased for use in the film escaped during production. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not even close. This film is way too cheesy yet for some reason still remains fun depsite it being horrendous.

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)

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4 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Frogs (1972)

  1. I include Frogs with X – The Man with the X-Ray Eyes and The Thing with Two Heads, and I call this collection “Ray Milland’s Terrible Trilogy.” I love them all! I try to watch one of them every Halloween. And last year it was Frogs, which I found on YouTube.

    I’m thinking of adding Panic in Year Zero to the collection and including it in the rotation. I saw that for the first time a couple of years ago and I thought it a worthy addition. But I’m still calling it “Ray Milland’s Terrible Trilogy.”

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      • I love Halloween! I like to watch horror movies and then wait for the doorbell to ring and pass out candy and ask the kids about their costumes. The last few years (four or five) I’ve used a set program for which movies I watch. One Val Lewton film. One from Ray Milland’s Terrible Trilogy. And Eyes Without a Face. These movies are great because I’ve seen them a few times and I don’t really pay that much attention and I don’t have to pause them just to pass out candy. Except for Eyes Without a Face. I watch it last and there aren’t as many kids by then, so I’m not jumping up and down so often.

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