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★☆☆☆☆ B-movie shams frequently present a finite line between cult wizardry and superfluous trash. Commonly, that line can be so blurred that the difference between good and bad is lost in the film's lunacy. The Cold War camp of fifties sci-fi-cum-fantasy horror such as Douglas's Them! (1954) or Yeaworth's The Blob (1958) carry a capsuled charm and irresistible charisma. They were cheap yet undeniably rich in imagination and have remained so throughout the 20th century. So where did their counterparts of the late seventies and eighties go wrong? One strong contender for the most charmless B-movie pap goes to Larry Cohen's The Stuff (1985).
- CineVue UK
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
Director: Larry Cohen. Review: Adam Wing. There's a standout sequence midway through Larry Cohen's demented horror comedy where the stuff of the title comes out of a mattress and attacks a man lying on a bed by shooting him up the wall and onto the ceiling. Look a little closer and you might recognise that room from another popular horror movie. It was the exact same room used in the classic scene from A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) where Johnny Depp's character is sucked into his bed and blood sprays everywhere. Coming your way courtesy of horror auteur Larry Cohen (director of the It’s Alive series and writer of the Maniac Cop trilogy), The Stuff is a tantalising treat for the taste buds, sharing flavours with cult oddities like Street Trash and B-movie classics such as The Blob. When a man discovers a tasty white substance bubbling out of the ground, »
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
If you're anything like us, then you have watched the gooey 1985 Larry Cohen classic The Stuff and wondered to yourselves... "Hmmm. I wonder what that tastes or smell like." Now Horror Decor is ready to answer at least one of those questions.
From the Press Release
We here at Horror Decor are very excited to announce the release of a new scented candle line! We neglected our candle line in 2013 so we wanted to give it some special attention by doing what we did for our pillows: infuse them with some of our favorite horror flicks!
How exactly did we do that? Not only is there a visual representation with glossy full color labels, but the scents themselves have been directly inspired by the films we love so much. We are kicking off the new line with five options:
The Stuff - A sweet scent reminiscent of ice cream that will get you saying, »
- Uncle Creepy
Arrow Video is excited to announce the UK Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD release of the 1985 cult horror classic The Stuff, available to own in the UK from March 10, 2014. Coming courtesy of horror auteur Larry Cohen (director of the It’s Alive series and scribe behind the Maniac Cop trilogy), The Stuff is a titillating treat for the taste-buds which blends elements of films such as Street Trash with the straight-up B-movie flavour of The Blob. Featuring a bumper crop of bonus features such as documentary Can’t Get Enough of The Stuff: Making Larry Cohen’s Classic Creature Feature, an all-new 52-minute documentary featuring director Larry Cohen, producer Paul Kurta, actress Andrea Marcovicci, Steve Neill (mechanical makeup effects) and Kim Newman. Alongside this, the disc will also feature an introduction and trailer commentary by director and The Stuff fan Darren Bousman (Saw II, Saw III). Synopsis: The Stuff is »
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 »
Featuring one of the best taglines ever: “You have the right to remain silent… Forever”, one of my all-time favourite horror franchises finally makes it Blu-ray debut with this release of the fantastic Maniac Cop from Arrow Video. Written and directed by one of Hollywood’s greatest filmmaking teams – WIlliam Lustig and Larry Cohen – who between them have made some of the best cult movies out there, including The Stuff, Q: The WInged Serpent, It’s Alive, Maniac, Uncle Sam and Relentless… The duos peak for me was the Maniac Cop series (admittedly the third film isn’t the greatest movie out there) which balance action and horror to perfection in a tale that mixes both horror and police procedural genres, with a villain who really deserves to be up »
- Phil Wheat
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