The Stuff

Okay, I decided to get a little nutty with today’s pick.  Sometimes you just need a little madness.  And who better of a filmmaker to represent this madness, than Larry Cohen.  First, let’s get this out of the way right up front.  If you look at The Stuff by today’s standards, It’s not a good movie.  It’s got so many flaws that you start to lose count.  The opening scene itself might be the single stupidest thing I’ve ever seen in a film.  A character find something mysterious bubbling up from the ground, doesn’t know what it is, so what’s he do?  He sticks his finger in it and tastes it.  Yep.  That’s how it starts.  But here’s the thing.  Don’t look at The Stuff by today’s (or 1985’s) standards.  Look at it for what it was trying to do.  It’s a throwback to the 1950’s type of unknown creature movies.  This is basically an updated and altered version of The Blob.  The Stuff is about a new dessert craze that everyone obsesses over, and then you find out that it’s actually an organism that’s taking over people’s minds.  It’s like a Body Snatcher movie with yogurt.  And regardless all the inane aspects of this movie, it actually is a balls-out, crazy, commentary on our obsessive diet and weight culture, the world of food additives, and essentially our blatant disregard for anything we put in our bodies, as long as it’s “low calorie”.  If you start watching this zany madcap movie through these eyes, suddenly you find an odd respect for what Larry Cohen set out to do.  It’s as much of a spoof/comedy as it is a straight sci-fi/horror film.  I mean when you have Garrett Morris playing a cookie magnate trying to save his industry from this new mysterious dessert, you know they’re not taking themselves seriously.  All the fake commercials, one-liners, and jingles playing up The Stuff are downright awesome.  “Enough is Never Enough… THE STUFF!”  Haha, it’s just ridiculous, and yet so awesome at the same time.  Plus, it gets bonus points for some small (and insane) roles for Danny Aiello and Paul Sorvino.  For the adventurous, watch it and go have some fun.


One thought on “10/14/13 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #14 – The Stuff

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