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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.
A mostly successful attack on consumerism with a focus on how people are sheep who consume whatever piss that's peddled to them, The Stuff makes for a pretty entertaining ride.
Directed by Larry Cohen, you know exactly what kind of movie you're going to get if you've seen his previous work Q: The Winged Serpent. Starring Q veteran Michael Moriarty, The Stuff is just fun. Filled with commercials, corrupt business executives, and an unsuspecting populous mindlessly consuming The Stuff, the film moves briskly with some poignant commentary and plain silliness. Speaking of silliness, Chocolate Chip Charlie is an incredible pleasure to watch on screen as portrayed by Garrett Morris. Remember: his hands are lethal weapons!
The issue with the film…
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.
not as great as i was expecting but i did enjoy the 80's special effects. michael moriarty gives the performance of his career. paul sorvino...does not.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Wonderfully ridonkulous in that great 80s horror-comedy way. One of those few video store standbys that I never got to back in the day.
the best movie about killer marshmallow fluff from the depths of the earth i've ever seen
A lot of fun as a B-Rated piece of 80s cheese (or in this case, alien yogurt), but it takes a dip when Paul Sorvino's character shows up and the direction it goes with him and his troop.
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