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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.
Solid stupid horror film with not-so-subtle political messages about capitalism, advertising and corruption.
"We've never lost a war."
"What about Nam sir?"
Seriously, Larry Cohens killer ice cream movie straight out of bizarroworld should not work. The plot is slapdash at best, the narrative not much more than scenes of youghurt eating or coming out of people strung together in a flimsy plot slightly resembling Halloween 3: Season of the witch. But since this is a Cohen movie there is much more to it, like the sheer insanity of the concept and the awesome sense of humor, especially from the insane performance of Michael Moriarty. The effects haven't really aged well, especially now when the movie is out on bluray but they are all fun to watch. Cohen at his funniest.
The VHS cover art for this used to scare the crap out of me when i was 8.. all these years later it turns out to not be half as unsettling as i would have thought.
some wonky editing and narrative leaps are to be forgiven, judging by it's provenance, but there's a mean little satirical streak running through it which is pretty pervasive for its time.
Also, the lead "Mo" is quite proud of his asshole-ery and all the more amusing for it.
"Well, everybody has to eat shaving cream once in a while."
As good a reason as any to not eat that probiotic yoghurt bullshit.
The Arrow Video blu-ray looked okay and whilst very grainy in some scenes other scenes looked pretty good. The scenes involving any back-projection were poor though. This is quite an entertaining film with effects that range from good to very amateur. The dog in particular when he attacks Danny Aiello is laughably bad. However the demise of "Chocolate Chip" is quite well done.
Michael Moriaty`s first scene is terrible but he seems to get better as the film goes on and is having a lot of fun in his role. Love the cowboy boots and grey suit. Not sure why he continues to wear the yellow jump-suit when they are attacking "The Stuff" HQ when everyone else is wearing army…
The Stuff is Larry Cohen's satire on consumerism and how poison is sold to the masses as a desirable object. It's become more and more prescient over time too. The film itself is part of the family of sci-fi completed by They Live and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Like the latter this is a great effects driven sci-fi/horror with inventive visuals. Perhaps not the head melting stuff, but the scenes that depict the Stuff as a sentient being, they are up there with the greatest moments of 80s genre cinema. Similarly, when the film visits places under the control of the Stuff it hits on the paranoid goldmine that Body Snatchers perfected 7 years earlier.
The Stuff can be…
The Stuff(Larry Cohen)
Truly awful , but any film that has an actor playing a character named Chocolate chip Charlie gets a star in my book , great name , also this has one of the worst team tunes this side of Halloween 3 , truly horrible.
Oh look out for Paulie from GoodFellas(you can't miss him) or blink and you will miss him cameos from Eric Bogosian and Patrick Dempsey.
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