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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.
This has become a favorite among my friends, and I watched it for a third time with them recently...
It has a completely ridiculous plot, and yet feels as though the director thought he was making a really intelligent commentary about the nature of consumerism... Instead, the admirable message is made completely laughable and any sense of the films purpose or meaning seems totally irrelevant by the time it's over. The horror is pretty cool, I loved watching people explode and have "the stuff" erupt from their bodies, but that actually is a very small portion of the story. Most of the film comes across like a terrible 80's noir, in which a charismatic yet whimsical private investigator saves an…
ελληνικός τίτλος "Το φονικό γιαούρτι"
τι πιο τέλειο...
Are you eating it, or is it eating you?
Why, that's a very good question, Mo Rutherford!
This is only a sample of the fine dialogue to be found in The Stuff. From the writing, to the poor acting, to the illogical storyline, to the lack of continuity, to the shoddy editing, to the poorly done green screen effects, to the commentary on consumerism with the subtly of a kick in the nuts, this has almost every thing needed to be a quintessential bad 80s horror movie. The only thing missing is an oversized pair of fake breasts. So why watch The Stuff? Well, it's just so much damn fun!
Now I have the sudden desire to eat an entire tub of whipped cream.
Ingredients: 1 Part 'Willy Wonka', 1 Part 'Halloween III: Season of the Witch', 1 Part 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers', a drunken protagonist who is not portrayed as a drunk but slurs his words and acts like a drunk, a boring heroine, an annoying kid, an African American who performs kung fu, a racist and loud mouthed army colonel, and a shit ton of white stuff!
Consume after having checked your brain at the door and are ready for 80's wackiness
This is so much more cheesy and batshit insane than I remembered. It goes from a paranoid sci-fi thriller to an army based comedy in the same vein as 'Stripes'.
I'm almost that certain Michael Moriaty probably doesn't remember filming this because he was dangerously intoxicated throughout.
The name's Mo Rutherford. They call me that 'cause when people give me money, I always want mo'.
Classic entertaning film, don't go into this expecting something serious, it's very enjoyable and Michael Moriarty is fun to watch as always.
Laughs and fun are nice, but I'm surprised Cohen actually put into it some satire on overeating, consumerism and modern production. Were this hilarious white ice cream exchanged for cola or chips it wouldn't be that fun anymore. Well, people drowning in cola or chips would be hilarious too. Cohen, you are small genius.
The Stuff: da noi conosciuto come "Il gelato che uccide". Una delle perle horror trash da me più amate nell'infanzia (lo davano spesso su Notte Horror). Rivisto oggi va oltre il ridicolo! XD
There's this ice cream type of thing called "The Stuff". It's fucking huge! People can't get enough of this shit. This crap is addictive and will eventually (spoiler) kill you. Luckily weird dude Michael Moriarty has been hired by "Big Ice Cream" to find out what's in that Stuff. With the help of a woman,a teenager, & (you guessed it) Garrett Morris, They sorta get to the root cause of The Stuff. The Bad: Plot holes, leaps in logic, & times where you stop giving a shit. The good: Doesn't take itself serious, decent actors moving things along, fun special effects, & some pretty funny one liners. Guess cameo by Clara "Where's The Beef" Peller & Abe Viagoda got a chuckle out of me. It's all good fun.
Larry Cohen is always a fun and inventive genre filmmaker and this is a great later example. It's not quite as good as I remember it largely due to an odd, tongue-and-cheek action tone that develops in the final act. Up till then though it's a really great time, full of social commentary and low-budget special effects. Aside from the concept the very best thing about the film is Michael Moriarty. As he often does for Cohen, Moriarty gives a hillarious off-kilter performance. Worth seeing for this alone.
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