This movie was a staple of late-night cable TV in the early 90s, which is how I first caught it at the age of twelve or so. I recently re-watched The Stuff for the first time since then, and was surprised at how much I remembered. This movie is sticky and sweet, I guess. It sticks to your brain, somehow. Now, this is the kind of movie that's perfect for switching off your brain and just kind of going along with it, with a foolish grin on your face. Literally nothing about the story makes a lick of sense. The movie defies analysis, except, it's rather neat that you can spot the influences. Now that I'm older and more versed in horror and sci-fi stories, I am almost surprised to be reminded of Quatermass II in particular. There's also Invasion of the Body-snatchers in there, I guess. It even reminded me a little of a Doctor Who story from the early 70s about green slime bubbling out of the earth that turns people into animalistic zombie-like creatures. In that story, you yell at the screen, "you idiot, don't touch number 2 output pipe!" But at least none of the characters decide the goop might be good to eat! These other sources are known for their social commentary, and, i believe, so are Larry Cohen's films generally. However, I think this one is too confused and determined to have a good time to properly convey a social message. It can't seem to decide what it wants to say. Is it an anti-drug piece? I guess that almost works. The militia colonel or whatever is just too broad a characature to make this come off seriously as an anti-communist/cold war polemic, and, I guess, thank Satan for that. But, screw it. Let's not analyse this thing. I'm serious: if you think about it too much, this movie might just make you kind of annoyed at its dozens of holes in logic. So let's just eat dessert and have fun. This thing is a laugh a minute and at times you might even catch yourself feeling a little bit creepy. But that latter is never for long. That said, my favourite moment is probably the dissolution of Chocolate Chip Charlie. That's a great Horror Film "Oh No" Moment (tm). Speaking of which, on re-watch, I was disappointed that Chocolate Chip Charlie wasn't in the movie more. I love Chocolate Chip Charlie. This is the kind of movie, in fact, that feels like it was written by a giggling twelve-year-old, or maybe by Roald Dahl while really drunk, and that's pretty cool, if you like that sort of thing. I do, on occasion, particularly when it's an 80s film. Just look at that premise. N.B: Eat pizza or popcorn while watching this; not ice cream, yoghurt or shaving cream.
Comedy / Horror / Sci-Fi
Comedy / Horror / Sci-Fi
A delicious, mysterious goo that oozes from the earth is marketed as the newest dessert sensation, but the tasty treat rots more than teeth when zombie-like snackers who only want to consume more of the strange substance at any cost begin infesting the world.
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April 9, 2019