***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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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.
Hoop-tober film #3
A hybrid government conspiracy/sci-fi film, Director Larry Cohen's The Stuff delivers most of the 'stuff' expected for a film of this kind. Action moves along at a decent pace, and the leads (Michael Moriarty, Scott Bloom, Andrea Marcovicci) provide adequate performances in this Body Snatchers/Night of the Creeps/The Blob hybrid. Paul Sorvino and Garret Morris, in supporting roles, help fill things in a bit and the practical effects and editing provide more value than expected. The film is a bit of a throw back that most of the director's champions would consider his last true hurrah. Long live Larry Cohen, and be careful with your yogurt.
Wine, Beer & Tequila pairings:
W: Boneshaker Zinfindel
B: Karbach Krunkin Pumpkin
T: Don Eduardo Silver
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!…
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?
As technically inept as it is wildly imaginative, and utterly unpredictable. Features Michael Moriarty with Pat Sajak hair and an inexplicable Southern accent, Paul Sorvino as a horny, racist, batshit retired Army Colonel, and more mind-altering white material than a Bruckheimer-bankrolled coke party at Tone Lōc's beach house in 1989 - it's definitely a Larry Cohen movie. Not his best work, hobbled as it often is by obvious budgetary issues, but thrillingly alive as anything else in the man's exceedingly loony filmography. My only real disappointment is that, despite his magnetically slimy performance in Special Effects, Eric Bogosian has been downgraded here to cameo duty as a grocery store stockboy. Although, five years later Moriarty would be tethered to the…
Invasion of the blobby snackers.
The Stuff reminds me of an episode of the incomparable Quack Pack called Tasty Paste, where Huey, Dewey and Louie begin to sell an amazingly good and addicting paste that turns people ravenous. It's clever satire but I think the execution leaves a lot to be desired.
In what is sure to be the most brilliant opening sequence in a post-Hitchcock cinematic landscape, an old man is wandering around in a construction site or landfill somewhere when he discovers a big puddle of white goo. He does precisely what any one of us would - he tastes it, and of course it tastes delicious. Not a minute has passed before he realizes "hey, this can…
Michael Moriarty's David "Moe" Rutherford: The hero we deserve against the monster we bought.
Some decent satirical elements and special effects can't mask that this movie is a mess. Weird, distracting editing and character motivations can't even salvage the famous Chocolate Chip Charlie scene.
This is a comedy horror film which has a lot going for it. Awesome practical effects, original plot, great production design, 80's flair, neon signs, Danny Aiello and a kick ass poster. So strange how underrated this film is but this is a definitive cult classic.
No, no, I got it. You don't have explain yourself again. Yes, the punchline was patently clear the second you asked the question. I probably would've made the connection without the prompting. You know the joke is no longer a funny joke once you've established it the first time. Build off it. Take it somewhere.
I get why they call you Mo.
Oh, you're gonna explain it again?
This movie is certifiably insane. One lick is never enough of The Stuff. I'm glad I finally filled my lone Gobbledyween blind spot. Michael Moriarty and Garrett Morris are gods among men.
Great premise with some nice effects, but poorly executed
Everybody has to eat shaving cream once in a while.
Who would think that the FDA, and corporations, and advertisers didn't have people's best interest in mind? Thankfully, this is only a movie...
What if you could snack on THE BLOB? Ruthless efficient. The first scene has the discovery of the titular stuff. By scene two it's in homes across America. Sags a little when Paul Sorvino's militia shows up, but Michael Moriarty's weird sorta cajun accent keeps that part interesting. Great corporate parody. Like everything could use more Garrett Morris.
The least subtle allegory I've ever seen in a movie.
So...an indictment of the drug market disguised as a cheesy drive-in horror flick of the 50s or 60s...that is The Stuff. Despite the underlying message here, which is a good one, I will keep my opinions focused on the actual film itself. Bad acting? Oh god yes...every frame it seems. Bad writing? You know it. Bad direction? Of course...somebody has to be held responsible for this stupidity. Anything good to be found here? Well, it has a distinct 80s comedy horror vibe to it...which is good. The effects are also wholly decent, given the time frame & b movie budget. Yeah...that's it. There isn't really much to see here. Move along.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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