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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…
Michael Moriarty's David "Moe" Rutherford: The hero we deserve against the monster we bought.
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…
20 Words or Less Recommendation/Review: Weak near the end but overall a fun little comedy, horror, science fiction thing. Great stuff. Ha!
There is a good film hiding in here somewhere. Someone should remake.
Pretty sure I watched this years back. Really felt fresh though, I didn't recall it very well at all. This is such a piece of the 80s. Horror in tone, but nothing scary per se... as much sci-fi and comedy in the genre label here. Some solid social commentary woven into a schlocky fun time. I'm sure I'll revisit it again one day, but I'm also sure it won't be any major priority. Fun, worthwhile, but nothing to write home about at the end of the day.
With The Stuff, Larry Cohen came through with yet another terrific one-liner script: a yogurt that eats people after they've eaten it(!). Cohen's targets for indictment this time was junk food and man's need to commodify everything purely for profit regardless of the consequences. The Stuff is both an entertaining conspiracy thriller/horror as well as being a astute social satire.
Special mention also goes to the charismatic lead, Michael Moriarty, who plays industrial saboteur David Rutherford. I'm pretty sure Moriarty isn't acting and that Cohen just gave him the gist of the script and simply followed him with the camera his performance is so relaxed and naturalistic.
When did Mo and Nicole become romantically involved with each other? One minute they're talking at a photoshoot and then the next time we see them together they kiss casually. Did I miss something?
I felt like everyone in this movie was such a strange casting choice.
I like how the Colonel seemed really interested in revitalizing his image with Nicole's help, but moments later becomes really publicly angry at a "colored man" using his radio station. And If I'm remembering the weird exposition correctly, didn't he have an affair with a black girl? The Colonel's inclusion in the film is just plain weird and deus ex machina-esque.
This is pretty much the only movie of it's kind where there…
America's gone crazy for a new no-fat, no-calorie, great tasting yogurt like dessert product called 'The Stuff' -- but as a private investigator soon finds out, the tasty goo is actually an addictive, mind controlling parasite. Don'cha hate when that happens?
This goofy horror comedy (written and directed by Larry 'It's Alive' Cohen) creeped me out when I was a kid, but this bizarre mix of 'Blob' style creature feature and consumerism satire hasn't aged very well at all.
Barely watchable. These melt movies just aren't my cup of tea.
Larry Cohen's THE STUFF is 87 minutes of pure fun. It's kind of movie that when you watch it, you're experiencing so much enjoyment you feel like you're watching the movie to end all movies -- even though you're really not. Sure, the editing and effects leave something to be desired, but the movie -- a horror/comedy where the monster is a yogurt-style substance that eats out people's insides and takes over their brains -- just provides so much pleasure as Cohen gets away with this mad piece of lunacy.
At the center of it all is the truly out there performance by Michael Moriarty as the film's hero, an industrial spy hired to find out what's in the Stuff.…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Awesome and silly in good measure. Not so underlying social commentary about consumption but not done in a worthy style. Gutting about Chocolate Chip Charlie! Love it; enough is not enough ...
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