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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…
I had to knock off a star upon this re-watch of The Stuff for the obnoxious military angle/Paul Sorvino, mostly because those few scenes take me out of the cold, calculated and extremely '80s capitalist/corporate nightmare both in tone and pacing, every time. Paul Sorvino wasn't a good fit and when he tried to apply a hammy portrayal to his character, it overshadowed and diminished the perfect, subtle undertones supplied by Michael Moriarty, Garrett Morris and even Larry Cohen-regular, James Dixon.
This was probably my first time watching a blu-ray transfer/restoration of one of my classic, beloved horror films where I felt like maybe it's best left on DVD? While the special FX were always b-quality level (but endearing nonetheless), the cheapness is amplified on blu-ray, but, it remains charming and maybe it will only add character to a cult classic?
Either way, I love The Stuff and I L♥VE Larry Cohen!
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…
Part of My Hoop-Tober 2016
Based on its awesome poster, I was expecting a lot more in the way of grotesque, yet beautiful body-horror from the stuff. Sadly, there is only one truly great scene of body-horror. The rest of the movie flounders between a forgettable, predictable b-movie and a fun, semi-intelligent commentary.
The Stuff features plot-holes, laughable performances, and a wonderfully kooky concept. I'd recommend it only to b-movie enthusiasts, who would probably get a kick out the film's moments of incompetency and also delight in its entertaining attempted social commentary.
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A great main character and some cutting satiric jibes do a lot to cover up the fact Cohen doesn't seem to have any idea how to wrap up the story, throwing in a ridiculous deus ex character to blow stuff up. Still, those first two factors, plus some fun f/x, carry things a long way.
Just like The Blob..only creamier.
Pure Larry Cohen.
"No one is as dumb as I appear to be"
Film #1 from Hoop-tober 3-D.
In examining my sections for Hoop-tober 2016 I was struck by an unexpected theme uniting many of the films: for the most part, they’re absolute schlock. Sure, prestige and legitimacy will occasionally rear their ugly heads, but most of this year’s picks are a stable of selections befitting an unsupervised late night programming block on Cinemax in the Nineties: sapphic vampire softcore, z-grade Italian trash, a Charles Band production...all united in their proud, exploitative exuberance and questionable taste. This is slumber party fare. Cinematic junk food. I couldn’t be happier.
I can’t think of a better bottle of champagne to smash on the bow of this tawdry ship than The Stuff, Larry Cohen’s 1985 horror…
” Enough Is Never Enough”
10 Decades: 1/10 (The 80s)
Now that I’ve seen THE STUFF, my life feels whole and meaningful.
Larry Cohen at his most playful (which is saying a lot), with another deliciously tongue-in-cheek Michael Moriarty performance, and some of the knowingly silly monster effects I've ever seen.
so much of horror's appeal for me has to do with breaking apart the influences of patriarchal-heteronormative-cis/sexist-white supremacist-neoliberal capitalism & all…
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