Thursday, March 13, 2014

Stuff, The - Review - @BrandonCSites / #MichaelMoriarty

Stuff, The (1985) ***1/2
D: Larry Cohen
C: Michael Moriarty, Andrea Marcovicci, Garrett Morris, Paul Sorvino, Scott Bloom Danny Aiello, Alexander Scourby  
P: The Stuff - a mysterious ice cream like substance is sweeping the nation, but at a price. It turns out The Stuff is turning the very people that consume it into zombies who will stop at nothing to cover up exactly what makes The Stuff, The Stuff. 

REVIEW: Spot on concoction seamlessly blends horror movie fable with a biting satire about consumerism & nutrition with the usual Larry Cohen conspiracy elements. There's statements about how consumerism is turning people into mindless zombies and how people are susceptible to big bad corporate America. There's also a statement, that was ahead of its time that rings even true more so today, about how the food that we are eating is killing us from within. 

Along the way, there is a wealth of cameo appearances from a variety of television commercial stars, though Michael Moriarty commands the screen with a deadpan performance. Most importantly though, The Stuff works separately as horror-comedy and as a satire. There's so many details, so many bits of humor, so many pointed statements that The Stuff is the kind of film that invites repeated viewings where viewers can walk away with something new each time. And aren't the best type of films, the ones that make you want to watch them over and over again? [R] 93 mins. 

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