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Cult filmmaker Larry Cohen is, and has always been, an idea man. Whether commenting on rampant consumerism (The Stuff), religious fanaticism (God Told Me To), or vigilantism (Maniac Cop), Cohen’s films (as director or screenwriter, often both) show an ambition beyond the zippered monsters and flying serpents. And while the biggest caveat regarding Cohen is that his reach often exceeds his grasp, that’s not always true. Case in point: It’s Alive (1974), Cohen’s potent take on abortion, the pharmaceutical industry, and (extremely) unconditional love.
Produced by Warner Bros. and Larco Productions, and distributed by WB, It’s Alive did not wow the executives, who gave it an obligatory release in October with little fanfare. And it did okay business for the small release it was granted. When a new regime came in to WB in ’77, Cohen asked them to take another look at the film – he felt »
- Scott Drebit
Larry Cohen is one of the great voices in genre cinema. As both a screenwriter, and later a director, Cohen is responsible for some of the best horror and B-movies of the ’70s and ‘80s, including Black Caesar, God Told Me To, Q: The Winged Serpent, and the It’s Alive and Maniac Cop franchises. He’s a wicked satirist and a political filmmaker, but he’s an entertainer first, and his work is always deceptively smart despite seeming silly or dopey on the surface. His 1985 horror comedy, The Stuff, fits that description perfectly.
A new dessert craze is sweeping America: it’s like ice cream, but not… it’s like yogurt, but not… it’s The Stuff. While shoppers clear it off store shelves by the cartful, the suffering ice cream industry hires corporate spy Mo Rutherford (Michael Moriarty, a regular collaborator with Cohen) to discover the source of »
- Patrick Bromley
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Larry Cohen's 1985 creature feature The Stuff isn't a great film, but it's a deliciously satirical confection that will make you smile nonetheless. And if you're a retro junkie like me, Arrow Video has presented the film in a way that will satisfy your deepest craving.
At it's best, The Stuff is a satire of advertising and the post-war "product-izing" of any old *stuff* that got invented. Hey, we have this chemical we invented for warfare but, now that war is over, what can we do with it? I know, let's package it as pesticide and sell it to farmers. Genius!
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Shock reviews the wild Larry Cohen satire The Stuff. There’s a moment in the supplemental documentary on the back end of Arrow Video’s Blu-ray release of The Stuff where writer/director Larry Cohen remarks that his filmmaking style is akin to that of a jazz musician, that some directors are symphony conductors, but that he prefers…
- Chris Alexander
This third week of April has some exciting home entertainment offerings for us genre fans, including the special edition releases of two cult classics I adore, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and The Stuff. An indie film I’ve been hearing about for a while now, Grimewave, also makes its way to DVD this Tuesday and while it may not be traditional horror, Oscar-winner The Revenant certainly has enough badassery contained within its cinematic frames to be worthy of mentioning this week, and it arrives on both Blu-ray and DVD on April 19th.
Other notable releases this week include Smothered (which features a ton of horror icons and was directed by John Schneider of Smallville and Dukes of Hazzard fame), 15 Till Midnight, Classroom 6, Ip Man 3, German Angst and She Wolf Rising.
When the legendary, unstoppable serial killer Cfk stumbles upon a drug deal, he accidentally »
- Heather Wixson
Forget Caltiki and forget The Blob: 'The Stuff' doesn't eat you, you eat it! Larry Cohen takes a page from Professor Quatermass for this satirical slap at blind consumerism and unregulated commerce, in a thriller packed with ooky glob-monsters and people hollowed out like Halloween pumpkins. It's the smart side of '80s sci-fi: Cohen knows how to make the genre sustain his anti-establishment themes. The Stuff Blu-ray Arrow Video (Us) 1985 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 87 min. / Street Date April 19, 2016 / Available from Amazon / 39.95 Starring Michael Moriarty, Andrea Marcovicci, Garrett Morris, Paul Sorvino, Scott Bloom, Danny Aiello, Patrick O'Neal, Alexander Scourby, Harry Bellaver, Rutanya Alda, Brooke Adams, Laurene Landon, Tammy Grimes, Abe Vigoda, Clara Peller, Patrick Dempsey, Mira Sorvino, Eric Bogosian. Cinematography Paul Glickman Makeup Effects Ed French, Michael Maddi, Steve Neill, Kim Robinson, Rick Stratton, Craig Lyman Editor Armond Lebowitz Original Music Anthony Guefen Produced by Paul Kurta Written and »
- Glenn Erickson
Like a lot of folks, my movie watching is heading more towards a digital future rather than a physical one – and that’s despite my love of Blu-ray and all the cult movies the format has brought us thanks to the likes of Olive Films, Kino Lorber/Scorpion Releasing, Scream Factory, Vinegar Syndrome et al.
Whilst many will decry abandoning discs for digital files there are some bonuses, especially for genre fans here in the UK. The advent of iTunes has brought with it, in a lot of cases, a dropping of the borders. Movies are hitting Apple’s stores that haven’t seen the light of day since the VHS era – there’s even some films available digitally that have never previously been made available to rent or buy on these shores. Ever.
With that in mind, I’ve been trawling iTunes to find some hidden gems, the real »
- Phil Wheat
It doesn't leave stains, it tastes great... and it slithers behind the refrigerator door. Last year, The Stuff celebrated its 30th birthday, and now Arrow Video has announced that Larry Cohen’s beloved cult classic will at long last hit Us shores on Blu-ray, along with The Black Cat and Bride of Re-Animator.
Enough Is Never Enough!
North American pre-orders links should be live soon!
Release Date: 19th April
Are you eating it ...or is it eating you?
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 start it has a life of its own, and we’re not talking friendly live bacteria…
Young Jason seems to be the only one who doesn’t »
- Jonathan James
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