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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.
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?
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.
Now I feel better about eating strange goo that I find lying around.
Creepy eyed kids in this campy story of killer desserts!
Some great deaths and it breezes by quickly in very silly fashion.
A so-so 80s horror film which can be best described as 'The Blob' in reverse. What really scores points for 'The Stuff' however is it's lively anti-consumerism/anti-capitalism satire.
larry cohen film about marshmallow cream that takes over people's brains and turns them into zombies. neat practical effects, lots of stretchy mouths and rubber heads. the main theme is rampant consumerism, evil corporations stopping at nothing to make profits even if it means causing people harm. not a bad film. fun watch but bad acting. mo was my favorite character.
Una decepció. No acaba de moure's bé ni entre el gènere de terror (les referències a the Blob i body snatcher donaven per molt més) ni la sàtira ni la comèdia ni la cinta amb nen que se salva de tots els perills.
A disappointment. It never feels the accurate mood neither as a horror film (the references to the Blob and body snatcher films could be more profitable), satire nor comedy nor movie with child that escape from any danger.
DID NOT LIKE! My mind was made up during the very first scene. I can suspend belief as good as anyone but the idea that someone would eat a white goo bubbling out of the ground at a mine site, just goes a little and a LOT too far. But that's how this film works. Every time the plot needs to move forward it's by the coincidental and/or the illogical. Also, was the film originally much longer? It felt like they cut out random but important scenes just to get the running-time down. It jumps all over the place and makes The Stuff just a hugely disjointed mess.
Chocolate Chip Charlie, that poor bastard.
Cohen + Moriarty + jogurt
Been wanting to watch this for a bit. Glad I did. Its pretty awesome and I just loved it. Nuff said
Back in the mid 80s I thought this film about killer yoghurt was a great idea and thoroughly enjoyed it. Revisiting it almost thirty years later, I felt it was past the use by date or to coin Roger Ebert's phrase, had some good ingredients in search of a decent movie. Some good effects though.
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