Movies that are slightly off.
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.
Perhaps the quintessential Reagan-Era horror satire, The Stuff offers a Capitalist Realist reimagining of 1950's Sci-Fi Horrors of being absorbed and controlled, primarily The Blob and Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, realizing however, that corporate control of the food supply and the manufactured desire for its consumption offer an American Totalitarianism just as pernicious as any prior iteration. That this New Wave of Capitalist Totalitarianism may be set at war with the Older Forms of Paranoid Militarism is one of this film's many keen insights. Michael Moriarty has never been as winning as he is in The Stuff, a joy to behold upon the screen. There is also not enough Garrett Morris, but what there is is totally awesome. My…
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?
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Literally a mess, but it has two huge things going for it: superb production design and Michael Moriarty. The latter's off-kilter persona speaks for itself, really—if you didn't know he was the movie's star, you'd initially assume he was playing its villain, based on the sheer anarchic nuttiness of his performance. But The Stuff's true MVPs are Larry Lurin, who created the patriotic-looking, instantly identifiable logo that dominates so many frames, and Richard Seaman, who wrote the advertising jingles. To the extent that this works as satire—and it's a pretty shaky extent, thanks to Cohen's efforts to conflate mindless consumerism and drug abuse—it does so primarily because of the way that The Stuff's marketing tactics pop…
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…
This is a hard one to rate for me. I didn't think much of it when I watched it during a trash movie marathon; but it was sorely out of place there as it's way too muted, with any crazy imagery present being far and few between. It has sort of grown on me now that I've re-watched it under different circumstances; yet I'm still not entirely convinced of what it's bringing to the table. I did really enjoy Michael "Harry Potter Sr." Moriarty's performance, though. Very aware of the goofy material he's working with and totally owning it.
Larry Cohen's 1985 creature feature The Stuff isn't a great film, but it's a deliciously satirical confection that will make you smile nonetheless. And if you're a retro junkie like me, Arrow Video has presented the film in a way that will satisfy your deepest craving.
At it's best, The Stuff is a satire of advertising and the post-war "product-izing" of any old *stuff* that got invented. Hey, we have this chemical we invented for warfare but, now that war is over, what can we do with it? I know, let's package it as pesticide and sell it to farmers. Genius!
In the film, a strange substance is discovered bubbling from the ground. Its flavour is addictive and it quickly…
"Enough is never enough!"
A social critique of the highest level.
I did not realise Garrett Morris starred in this film, but he is definitely one of the best parts about this film. Love him in 2 Broke Girls; love him in this.
Two great one liners that made me laugh out loud:
Gas station attendant: "Aren't you going to use the bathroom? I just put in a new towel!"
David 'Mo' Rutherford:"You're Chocolate Chip Charlie!"
'Chocolate Chip' Charlie W. Hobbs: "Well, I sure as hell ain't the Kentucky Colonel!"
This is purely bonkers. Some of the most irrational and bizarre character motives and dialogue, with some gaping plot holes. Aesthetically brilliant and fun as fuck, though.
I love the work of writer/producer/director Larry Cohen, a true B-movie auteur. He has created fine blacksploitation films, crime films, a standout biography of J. Edgar Hoover, and worked extensively with horror/science fiction/contemporary satire hybrids. In this last genre we have learned about killer babies, a sort of Jesus from outer space, an Aztec dragon god flying around New York City, vampires loose in New England, and a creepy ambulance that picks up injured people who are taken to a strange hospital; he never seems to run out of fresh ideas, or successfully reworks old ones. THE STUFF is about our taste for crap food, how it is marketed to us by people making a lot of money, how we…
1985's The Stuff could be seen as a bit of a strange bird. It run the gamut from ominous cautionary tale, to action film, to parody. At it's core though, the film is a satire primarily aimed at the rampant consumerism and overall excesses of the 1980's.
Indeed, it's roots can be traced back to the great sci-fi films of the 1950's which at their best, were satires of then-modern culture as well. With The Stuff, we have the lone boy who can see the sinister plot taking over the town that seemingly no one else can see (Invaders from Mars 1953), we have a populace whose will is being subjugated (Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956) all of which…
Una de las más clásicas y cutres melt-movies concebida en los ochenta.
Y no, acá no hay CGI.