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Larry Cohen’s 1985 film The Stuff my not be a classic, or even a horror classic come to that. But it is one of the best schlock horror releases that stands the test of time. I first came across this film after watching a few Troma films with my friends in my teens. While I loved the chaos and comedy of Lloyd Kaufman’s films they never really made much of an impression.
So when I saw a trailer for The Stuff I was prepared for much of the same. At the time I wasn’t aware of Larry Cohen’s body of work, though I’d watched Q the Winged Serpent without any knowledge of its filmmakers. Stuff takes its DNA from Q. A homage to the 1950s B-Movies. A real drive-in horror.
But underneath the ice cream and over the top special effects is a solid message. Okay »
The Stuff, 1985
Directed by Larry Cohen
A delicious mysterious goo that oozes from the Earth is marketed as the newest dessert sensation. But the sugary treat rots more than teeth when zombie-like snackers begin infesting the world.
Certainly a cult favourite among 80s horror fans, The Stuff is unashamedly campy and it never takes itself too seriously. If you read deeper between the lines it could be seen as an allegory for Us product consumption, but at the end of the day it's a movie about a marshmallow alien that takes over people who eat it.
The Stuff is a wonderfully cheesy affair about an alien lifeform that is discovered by a group of miners and through pure idiocy, they find that it tastes amazing. It quickly becomes the hot new product known as The Stuff and starts »
- Luke Owen
Director: Larry Cohen
Running Time: 93 minutes
Ben & Jerry have strong competition as a luscious new dessert hits the stores and is taking supermarket shelves by storm. But just what does this mysterious goo, secretly oozing from the Earth, offer those munching on its sugary goodness?
Coming courtesy of cult horror auteur Larry Cohen, the legendary figure schooled in the low-budget Roger Corman form of quick filmmaking, The Stuff is one of those unique creature-features impossible not to like despite it’s cheap cheekiness. Inspired by the 1950s hits like The Blob and featuring an absurd premise taking an obvious pot shot at consumerism, corporate greed and environmental abuse, The Stuff is as intoxicating as its delicious product suggests because of the cast. Particularly Cohen regular Michael Moriarty as the swaggering industrial saboteur David “Mo” Rutherford. He’s »
- Craig Hunter
In 1985, New York director Larry Cohen (It’s Alive, Full Moon High) took to the camera to bring us a cult classic called The Stuff, the story of a strange “goo” found coming from the Earth which is packaged up and sold as a delicious desert treat. The only problem is that when the customers of the product eat it they turn into flesh eating zombies.
The story is not dissimilar to another cult favourite of mine, Street Trash (J. Michael Muro, 1987), which dealt with a liquor that turned it’s drinkers to sludge, only in this case the people who, for lack of a less dirty sounding term, swallow the stuff, end up as zombies. It’s a wonderfully silly plot that works wonderfully with the rest of the film. »
- Chris Cummings
Are you a fan of Larry Cohen’s subversively wacko 1985 killer yogurt flick The Stuff and have been dying for it to get a Blu-ray release? There’s good news for you, but only if you’re British or have a region-free Blu-ray player.
For our friends across the pond and the fiends here at home with region-free capabilities that can’t get enough of The Stuff, the one-of-a-kind deadly dessert social satire is bowing on Blu-ray March 10th courtesy of British distributors Arrow Video.
The Stuff is the new dessert taking supermarket shelves by storm. It's delicious, low in calories, and – better still – doesn't stain the family carpet… What's not to like?! Well, for a »
Adding John Goodman to any movie is a way to better pique our interest. So a tip of the hat to Paramount, which has added the consummate character actor who recently stole scenes in the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis to their growing ensemble for the remake of The Gambler. Based on the 1974 crime drama that starred James Caan, Paul Sorvino and Lauren Hutton, The Gambler is being retooled for modern audiences with a cast that already includes Lone Survivor's Mark Wahlberg, Short Term 12's Brie Larson, American Horror Story's Jessica Lange, Boardwalk Empire's Michael K. Williams, and Travis Tope, who will be seen in Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children, which is currently in production. The original was based on the true-life traumas of its screenwriter James Toback, centering on a literature professor whose addiction to gambling puts his personal relationships at risk while mixing »
New Elementary season 2,episode 13 spoilers & clips hit the net. Recently,CBS served up the new spoilers and sneak peek,clip (below) for their upcoming "Elementary" episode 13 of season 2. The episode is entitled, "All In The Family," and it appears to be pretty interesting as Holmes and Watson think the Mafia may be involved in a smelly barrel homicide investigation, and more. In the new "All In The Family” episode, When a body is found in a barrel, Holmes and Watson are going to launch an investigation into the Mafia’s ties to the murder. Meanwhile, Holmes will attempt to make amends with Detective Bell. Peter Gerety is going to guest star as Deputy Commissioner Frank Da Silva ,and Paul Sorvino will appear as Robert Pardillo, a suspected mafia boss. Other guest stars will feature: Danny McCarthy as Detective Nash, Wendy Hoopes as Detective Annie Wozniak, Tim Guinee as Dean McNally, »
As CBS’ Elementary resumes its second season this Thursday at 10/9c, Sherlock’s biggest foe — and love — is back, and with a whopper of a secret.
But first, there’s a case to be solved that may have ties to the (imprisoned?) Moriarty, played by guest star Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones). What’s more, the P.I. that Sherlock once knew as Irene Adler has a newfound fascination with his partner Joan, executive producer Rob Doherty previews.
Read on to find out what Joan will make of the former lovers’ covert correspondence and why she’s on Moriarty’s mind. »
- Vlada Gelman
8 items from 2014
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