Are You Eating It... Or Is It Eating You?
Weird yummy goo erupts from the earth and is discovered by a couple of miners. They taste it and decide to market it because it tastes so good. The American public literally eats up the new dessert sensation now known as the Stuff but, unfortunately, it takes over the brains of those who eat it, turning them into zombie-like creatures. It is up to ex-FBI agent David Rutherford and a kid named Jason to stop the spread of the mind-devouring dessert.
No one is as dumb as I appear to be.
I'm a little disappointed after watching The Stuff because I was expecting to enjoy a horrible film and instead ended up watching a movie that is by all means better then it has any right to be. It's as if despite Larry Cohen's efforts to make a B grade horror film, it ends up being great anyways. Did he even know that he crafted an incredibly funny horror film that satires 80s consumerism to perfection?
Michael Moriarty was drunk throughout?...right?
Larry Cohen's The Stuff possesses one of the greatest opening sequences ever captured on film - a miner quickly deciding to eat oozing soft-serve ice cream/yogurt straight from the ground, no second thoughts...nothing. I also love the fact that he is appalled by his co-workers thoughts that he's eating snow! It's not snow, it's shit oozing from the ground! Don't be so silly...snow! Then straight to the idea of selling the stuff.
Damn! Moriarty hasn't even been introduced yet! Then when he is, he says a bunch of bad-ass shit on a boat and punches a guy in the face, really for no reason other than he's Michael Moriarty and this is his fucking film!…
"Everybody has to eat shaving cream once in a while"
Citizen Kane, step the fuck down.
A mysterious substance that looks like whipped cream is discovered bubbling up from underground, and it just happens to taste great. In no time at all, aided by some hilariously satirical TV advertisements ("no artificial ingredients!"), the substance is dubbed "The Stuff" and becomes the most popular and strangely addictive dessert in the world. Unfortunately, not only is "The Stuff" sentient, it controls the minds of those who eat it, and slowly absorbs your body from the inside out.
Taking equal inspiration from THE BLOB and INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (an intriguing pair), Larry Cohen's film is a great deal of silly fun, especially the inventive and often hilariously goofy special effects. Fun cast, too, with Cohen regular Michael Moriarty mixing it up with SNL's Garrett Morris, Paul Sorvino, and (very briefly) Danny Aiello.
Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys an entertaining, occasionally even clever B-movie, and it's available on Netflix streaming.
"The only thing Chocolate Chip Charlie knows better than fighting is running."
cant get enough of the stuff... dawg ..
The Count's Verdict: Entertainly daft 80s Sci-Fi/Horror from low-budget 'auteur' Larry Cohen. The titular stuff spreads voraciously due to the corporate and copulent greed of America in a knowing mash-up of THE BLOB meets INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. The anti-consumerist message that informs the film is obvious but no less satisfying for it. Plus, actors Michael Moriarty and Paul Sorvino deliver charismatic performances which help elevate the film above its rather lacklustre scares. The lack of potent 'horror' is largely due to some inventive but ropey-looking practical effects. Still, there's certainly fun to be had with this Vhs-era cult favourite.
Holy social commentary! What a great little gem from the 80's. Fun effects work and a doolally script combine for some hugely enjoyable B-picture entertainment. Enough is never enough.
one of those films that is so bad it's good
I was hoping for more horror and gore and less social commentary.
Lost some of its charm on this rewatch, but it still holds a special place in my heart.
The Stuff is a weird film. It's just weird, and I'm not really sure how else to describe it. While it's a pretty clever satire of 1980's American consumerism and it actually has some pretty well done sequences (see the hotel room scene where the Stuff is in the pillows and mattress) there are some things that just don't make sense and confused me so much that I wasn't sure if I thought they were funny or not.
It's pretty hard to describe this film without just going through the plot points one by one, and there are plenty of people who have done that, so I'm not going to. Just go watch The Stuff. It needs to be seen, and regardless of how it leaves you feeling, you can't say it's not wildly entertaining. Just one last thing: cool whip blob monster. That is all.
Ends as stupidly as it begins, and the titular Stuff is really inconsistent in terms of what it is and does, but Michael Moriarty's weird performance makes this watchable enough, I guess.
Playing out like a cross between HALLOWEEN 3: SEASON OF THE WITCH and THEY LIVE, director Larry Cohen lays thick the consumerism-as-horror satire for which has a justly earned cult reputation, though unlike the best of his work, this one lacks the genuine thrills of the great horror films.
trite, but amusing. some quotable dialogue, some memorable scenes, some pretty good (for the time) special FX. the gore is funny. Michael Moriarty adds a lot of watchability to this movie.
Extremely silly mid-'80s horror movie which tackles very mid-'80s things like health food, TV ad campaigns, and Reagan-style conservatism, all in extremely silly ways. It's a terrible movie, but it's also impossible to hate.