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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.
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!…
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…
"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 ..
So is "The Stuff" a metaphor for crass consumerism and relentless advertising? The world's dependency on oil? Chemical or drug addiction? Maybe it's just a movie about a guy who starts eating tasty goop that bubbles up from underground and decides to try and make a few bucks? Whatever the case, it seems everyone wants to read some greater statement into it, but the fact is that "The Stuff" is not a good movie.
I like a "good" bad movie as much as the next guy, but this was too disjointed and poorly done for me to enjoy.
Oftentimes it seems as though people find it hard to reconcile genre fiction shaking hands with knowing wit and as a result movies like this are lazily labelled “so bad it’s good" as people struggle to gauge the tone of what they’re experiencing. This does the films it is applied to a disservice. The Stuff is one such movie. Don’t think of it as ‘so bad it’s good’, think of it as ‘so mad it’s marvelous’. The terrifying thing is actually how sane one suspects Cohen is for so sharply calling out society’s failings.
Why I love The Stuff is explored further here: thelosthighwayhotel.com/2014/03/06/why-i-love-64-the-stuff/
It's THE BLOB... but with the outer space alien threat replaced by a commentary on consumerism and corporate evils. It's actually good fun with some solid laughs, entertaining practical effects,and the eternal joy that is Michael Moriarty.
Mildly amusing in brief, sporadic bursts but ultimately falls flat on its face.
Sure, the satire on consumerism actually works, but in the end that doesn't mean a damn thing when the film is simply boring as fuck. It's played way too slow with the subject matter at hand here.
Typically, B-movies work best when they fit their role seamlessly, and a fun watch ensues. On the other hand, when they try too hard it makes for an excruciating watch. Unfortunately, this is more of the latter.
"The Stuff" probably wouldn't be that notable if it weren't for a fairly inventive plot. The rest of the movie never quite lives up to its premise, but it's still an imaginative and fun B-movie by genre master Larry Cohen.
Once again he's paired up with Michael Moriarty, who gives another one of his performances where he seems to be on a different wave-length than everyone around him. He seems to be completely calm and relaxed through the entire picture. Even when he's punching bad guys, he does it nonchalantly. He brings another dimension of fun to the movie.
Another thing I liked about this is its no bullshit attitude. There's nothing even resembling a side plot. The movie starts…
There's a black guy named "Chocolate Chip", the movie begins with a guy just deciding to eat foaming goo off the ground for no reason, and the lead actor has possibly the most annoying voice ever put on a human.
Yeah this sucks in ways that you can't replicate.
One of my favorite B-movies of all time, The Stuff has it all!
We follow a business espionage, formed from a conglomerate of ice cream companies, paying a disgraced federal agent to find out what exactly is in 'The Stuff'. The agent in question played by Michael Moriarty. He seemed to want to play the role as Elvis, with a thick southern accent and a swagger about him.
My favorite aspect of the film, is when for no apparent reason, Mo joins forces with sweets mogul 'Chocolate Chip' Charlie, played by Garrett Morris. The almost 'buddy cop' relationship that is formed is a comic delight, not to mention why Charlie seems to be skilled in lethal hand to hand combat.
It is outrageous, completely over the top, and full of laugh out moments. The Stuff stands up with the best of modern B-movies, but remains largely forgotten.
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Just eat it.