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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…
"Everybody has to eat shaving cream once in a while"
Citizen Kane, step the fuck down.
My personal favorite among Larry Cohen's pictures. Just got the Arrow Video Blu-ray in the mail today after ordering it with Xmas funds. Too bad Arrow couldn't get Cohen's commentary for their disc, but the nearly hour long doc is fairly decent.
I wanted to like this more but it was oddly disjointed. I liked the advertising jingle though.
Slick, entertaining 80s B-fodder from Larry Cohen which must still surely rank as the only film about sentient killer pudding? There's a nice element of satire here that works as well now - when who KNOWS what the Hell we're eating? - as it did back in the climate of Nutrasweet's "glory" days. It's also a pretty enjoyable adventure story with some great gooey FX and some wicked dialogue, especially once Paul Sorvino's insane gung-ho military man comes into play ("I kinda like the sight of blood... but this is disgusting!"). It's rough around the edges and by no means perfect but you could do a Hell of a lot worse than this Stuff.
As much as I love ice cream, I don't think I'd ever eat something named "The Stuff."
Awesome cult horror movie from the '80s. Also a pretty good media satire too. It was shamefully ripped-off by Branded a few years ago.
Michael Moriarty, why are you not a bigger star. This is not the best movie ever, but it is a fun watch and Moriarty kills in it. The kid is annoying, and bad, and some of the effects are laughable, but it is a fun watch.
Entered Flickchart at 1088
A terrible script, quirky performances and a great central premise make The Stuff a far more enjoyable film than I'd expected it to be. There's laughs to be had and chin stroking to be done with this brilliant concoction of political satire and drive-in B Movie.
Warning. Do NOT watch this film when craving a dessert. I spent 90 minutes with my belly making gurgle noises.
Some surprisingly good visual effects are the icing on the cake in what should've been a so-bad-it's-good movie but it actually turned out to be a decent jab at consumerism, advertising and 80s culture.
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