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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?
[Original un-"neutered" one-sheet]
Literally a mess, but it has two huge things going for it: superb production design and Michael Moriarty. The latter's off-kilter persona speaks for itself, really—if you didn't know he was the movie's star, you'd initially assume he was playing its villain, based on the sheer anarchic nuttiness of his performance. But The Stuff's true MVPs are Larry Lurin, who created the patriotic-looking, instantly identifiable logo that dominates so many frames, and Richard Seaman, who wrote the advertising jingles. To the extent that this works as satire—and it's a pretty shaky extent, thanks to Cohen's efforts to conflate mindless consumerism and drug abuse—it does so primarily because of the way that The Stuff's marketing tactics pop…
This was not as balls-to-the-walls insane as I was lead to believe. Therefore I am disappointed
A miner wanders outside in the snow and finds weird white goo bubbling out of the ground and decides to taste it for some reason. Finding it delicious, he then figures (like a good capitalist) to start packaging and selling it. This 1985 horror movie has it all — a catchy jingle (enough is never enough, enough is never enough, of The Stuff!), a corrupt and useless FDA agent, a former FBI agent turned industrial spy, a gruff military man and a plucky kid.
If that’s not enough to convince you to watch it, then maybe this will do the trick: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dLtSNlzanU
Woo, 80s! Living marshmallow fluff conquers the tastebuds of a nation. I like what a goofy badass the protagonist is. Fun movie.
This wasn't bad, pretty cheeseball but not bad. Definitely low budget. I enjoyed seeing the old 80's stuff in the background more than anything.
HORROR FILM A DAY OCTOBER 2016
WATCHED AS PART OF MY UNSEEN 80S PROJECT
I never watched this when I was younger because the posters freaked me out. I'm a big boy now and the film is very tame. That poster, though, still weirds me out. Anyway, apparently director Larry Cohen isn't a fan of doing more than one take, which causes fumbled lines and actors talking over each other when they shouldn't. Things get incredibly silly towards the end when Paul Sorvino's racist sexual predator turns up and it becomes less and less of a horror film. It is because of this, I wasn't sure if I should include it but I couldn't be bothered watching something else, so…
Enough is never enough of The Stuff!
Movie #10 of my 31 Horror Movies in October Challenge.
Day 15. Movie 36.
I wish I could just eat this whole movie and have it take control of me...
They call me Moe because every time I watch this movie I always want mo'e.
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