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The Stuff Reviews

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May 20, 2017
Super cheesy B film. A child hood favourite. :)
½ May 3, 2017
If one thing is clear, Larry Cohen had little to no idea what kind of film he was actually trying to make. Some parts of it work as a gooey Body horror film, most don't. Some parts work as a goofy black comedy, most don't. Some parts work as a genuinely clever satire on consumerism, most don't. Beyond its inconsistencies in tone (not to mention the clunky editing) it still remains a mostly enjoyable piece of 80's B-grade trash.
½ February 23, 2017
One of the dumber movies you're likely to see.
January 7, 2017
Its terrible in many ways (horrible acting by Paul Sorvino and Michael Moriarty, stupid characters, disjointed scenes and choices of action) but at the same time such an oddity that its worth the detour. Its strange because it seems a point against consumerism and the zombification of advertisement but at the same time its very busy at being pro capitalist ant anti-communist so im not sure it fully knows its own point. Shouting its dumb american pro-militarism at the top of its lungs, it shows us the ''good guys'' fight the bad goo.
Super Reviewer
½ December 23, 2016
It is so appallingly awful that it doesn't even work as a commentary about the kind of crap people ingest without knowing what it is, and so it is only trashy, nonsensical, with a ridiculous sense of humor and terribly directed by someone who clearly has no idea what mise-en-scène is.
October 15, 2016
The Stuff makes for some good commentary, but doesn't really kick off like it should. There are plenty of fun effects and gross moments. The film could have done a little more with the idea, but its a fun time.
October 13, 2016
A ridiculous, entertaining bad movie. The script is hilariously awful, and the acting is fairly bad. The concept of the film is pretty cool and interesting, but the execution just isn't up to par. I will say the design and effects for The Stuff itself is pretty cool though. The Stuff could have been a smart satire of consumer culture, instead we'll just have to settle for an entertaining, fun B movie
½ September 18, 2016
So ridiculous and crazy, yet works so great as a political satire on consumerism. In no way subtle, but funny as hell.
September 4, 2016
Another 80's B-movie gem from writer/director Larry Cohen who always gives his trashy drive in type movies an extra sauce poured on them thanks to strong scripts, interesting, engaging characters and clever satire. The Stuff is about a strange, addictive substance that comes up through the ground and is packaged as a yogurt type confection called the stuff and sold to the masses, were it quickly becomes the next taste sensation and begins to out sell even ice cream, problem is the stuff is alive and malignant and turns the consumer into a host/zombie to do it's bidding. Again what makes this film zing is that it's way more of a smart satire on consumerism than an out and out horror, although it works beautifully as a comedic horror film too, with some gloriously mad nastiness along the way. It's great how the film is also a conspiracy thriller and an espionage movie of sorts, plus a "kid in peril" adventure film as well. The standout of the film is Michael Moriarty as David 'Mo' Rutherford, a Former FBI agent turned industrial saboteur, he swaggers into the film elevating everything around him every time he's on screen, but there's also able support from the great Paul Sorvino as the somewhat sleazy colonel and Garret Morris as brilliantly named Chocolate Chip Charlie. A hilarious, absurd and twisted 80's gem, it's truly great fun.
May 1, 2016
two extra stars for insanity and for starring garrett morris, michael moriarity and paul sorvino haha
January 17, 2016
Would be shame if all the stuff is dropped there.
10/10 - would drop the stuff and call the police again
December 29, 2015
Painfully inane and crushingly dull, The Stuff attempts to be a commentary on our susceptibility to advertising, and how it can make us literally eat up anything we're told to. But what results is just another dime-a-dozen piece of silly sci-fi camp. Edited with all the dexterity of Edward Scissorhands, scenes end completely abruptly, and the film jumps around so much that it quickly becomes hard to follow. It really shouldn't, considering how thin the plot is. The acting is standard B-movie fare, the effects are cheap, the green screen shots are ridiculous to the point of weeping hilarity, and the whole thing just makes no sense. I know a film that features an animate comestible as it's primary antagonist is never going to be considered a masterpiece, but is it too much to ask that it's at least consistent? Why does the substance move quickly in some instances and slowly in others, especially when rapid movement would be to its advantage? I never thought that killer ice cream could have the same lack of urgency as a Bond villain.
I've seen dumb movies that I've enjoyed, even loved, but The Stuff is too dull, too clumsy and too poorly assembled to count as entertainment. If you don't laugh at the awful animatronics or the terrible performances, then it could just be the longest 90 minutes of your life.
Super Reviewer
November 18, 2015
Looks like a silly horror film, however it's actually a very clever and subversive comment on our attitudes towards fast food.
½ August 12, 2015
Interesting premise, with a well marketed desert product and some nice disgusting special effects. My only problem is the acting; nobody can really sell it, except the lead boy. To be fair, people aren't watching these types of films for their brilliant acting.
July 2, 2015
"wild 80s cult film about homicidal yogurt"
May 8, 2015
Like the product in the film, The Stuff leaves you hungry for more. Larry Cohen's zany look at consumerism in the 1980's wasn't a box office hit when originally released but it became a cult classic, managing to still hold up these many years later. While Dawn of the Dead took an external look at consumerism in the 1970's, The Stuff went internal, literally. Overall, it's not a particularly good film in the sense that it's well acted and gripping. What makes it entertaining are the oddball performances mixed with unusual dialogue, as well as the special effects which sometimes venture into schlock territory. It's also memorable because of how much it beats you over the head with the effects of consumerism on society, and how we will all basically fall for anything if it's marketed well. The Stuff, as a substance, is basically a disgusting white goop that is taken straight out of the Earth and put on store shelves. The point of the film is that even with something like that, our naiveté will always triumph over good sense. With obvious allusions to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Larry Cohen's masterpiece of cheesiness is a sci-fi horror comedy classic. Like Dawn of the Dead, the overall theme of the movie never overrides its fun factor. Nowadays, films like it spend too much time making their point that the entertainment value is often lost in the process, which is why movies like The Stuff hold up much better. And while it isn't a movie that's quite deserving of the title "so bad that it's good," it's of a similar ilk and fans of movies like that should find this one to be a gem.
April 1, 2015
The other great Larry cohen Horror movie.
this one rips the American Consumer dream to shreds as victims are devoured by a mysterious addictive white gloop from the ground called the stuff.
Only Michael Moriarty in his usual Lowlife role and Paul Sorvino as a right wing Mercenary can save America from the evil corperate empire making the Stuff.
First saw this film when i was a kid and like all Cohens films its little seen but has more wit and Imagination than any of the recent big horror films.
If you ever see one film about killer food make sure its this one
March 11, 2015
Oh, not bad. The acting isn't spectacular, but the concept was cool and original for its time. Not much else to say.
½ February 12, 2015
Okay so this horror flick isn't scary, it's not supposed to be. It's meant to be a throwback to 50s campy sci-fi flicks.
January 5, 2015
I feel like this is finally what Alex has been talking about for so long, the "cartoon that knows it." The Stuff embraces its inherent absurdity with verve and eagerness. It doesn't buy into the idea that having a stupid plot means they have to make a bad movie. Moe Rutherford is a dramatic comedian in the vein of like a Dale Cooper or even Peter Sellers, if not half as extreme, and his scenes have a wonderful off-kilter humor.

The writing is clever in ways that bigger and classier genre movies rarely achieve. Moe goes through this weird evolution from mercenary industrial saboteur to James Bond action-hero lady-saver to consumer advocate. He recruits a deranged McCarthyist colonel into leading his troops to fight the Stuff and they all take taxis into town. And while the Stuff seems like an obvious satire on processed food (taking out the steps between petroleum coming out of the ground and dangerous mind-altering food products hitting the shelves) it never feels like The Stuff has any interest in even talking about that. If it did, they probably wouldn't have had consumers burning it after a single health warning on a local radio station :s

The only shit thing about this movie is how much gratuitous misogyny and weird racism it shows. Moe just randomly starts dating one of his leads, a marketing exec who is initially portrayed as decisive, but then constantly dainty-lady-runs her way into mild conundrums and demands constant rescuing. He calls her "a pretty little thing" at least twice. Then Colonel Gromly or whatever can barely contain himself from physical violence against the one black character. We're clearly meant to pity him for his shortsightedness as well as his racism, but in mocking him the movie seems to overlook the inherent racism in Chocolate Chip Charlie's character.

Problematic bits aside, The Stuff is a tremendously fun and clever movie. Thanks Erik!
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