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on 25 July 2013
in 1985 was the year of horror comical scares like
tom hollands vampire masterpiece fright night with
chris sarandon and william ragsdale that landmarked
film history with its groundbreaking fx also in that year
comes larry cohens consumer shocker comedy that followed
the examples of george romero's dawn of the dead where
a band of survivors had to battle zombie hoards and consumer greed
in an abandon shopping centre but this film about consumer greed
in the form of a frozen dessert show that what can happen if a product
that people see on tv like in the real world of consumer products that
draws them in to buying them just like a tube of pringles once you pop
you don't stop and this great classic excelled in we devour the product
and the product devours us back this film is like dawn of the dead if we
are not careful consumer products has a habbit of bitting back and a lesson
learned to us all.

movie tagline: are you eating it or is it eating you.

frankie smales

(frankie smales tv and movie review uk)
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on 29 September 2017
My friend loved it...brilliantly disgusting, don't watch this when eating :P
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on 21 December 2015
the movie is not bad. I laughed a lot seeing it again.
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on 5 May 2013
A film about a ice cream type dessert that is collected by an unscrupulous company from a hole in the ground. The dessert takes people over and they become stuffies, like drug addicts.
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on 22 January 2015
Perfect!!!!
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on 24 October 2010
A lightweight tale of corporate greed - if that's not too much of a contradiction in terms. Some stuff that bubbles out of the ground turns out to taste very nice indeed and is quickly mass marketed to a hungry public. All is not as it seems however, and this dessert has the power to control people's minds. Oh, and it makes them explode, apparently at random.

Like many of Cohen's films, this is shot very much on the hoof, but that's no bad thing. The actors appear to be improvising at times, and do quite a good job.

Although hardly in the Terence Malick league, some of the scenery and lighting is quite effective, particularly in the semi-abandoned town where the locals have been getting high on their own supply.

The plot is daft, that's clear, but some elements could have been tightened up: Is the stuff an alien, is it trying to take over the world, why is it white and not a funky shade of green or pink? Not questions that will keep the Nobel Prize committee awake at night, but still, it's hard to care what happens without establishing the basics. The stuff obviously never asked "what's my motivation?", never went 'method'.

Entertaining enough, but not likely to linger too long in the memory.
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on 30 March 2004
The stuff is an alien substance of sorts, found bubbling out of the ground in small towns across the United States. It looks like ice-cream, tastes great and, once it takes hold of you it becomes addictive and deadly. But what is its secret ingredient?

Enter Michael Moriarty (A Return to Salem's Lot), who is hired as an industrial saboteur by representatives of a food company to find out just what makes the stuff so addictive. As the stuff becomes more readily available, the people selling it are no longer content to merchandise it through through the smaller outlets. They begin to advertise it nationwide.

David 'Mo' Rutherford (Moriarty)tracks the stuff across country, with Nicole (Andrea Marcovicci) and a young boy, Jason (Scott Bloom), witnessing its effects on the population. During their efforts they are assisted by Col. Malcolm Grommett Spears (Paul Sorvino) and the wacky cookie entrepreneur, Chocolate Chip Charlie (Garrett Morris, Saturday Night Live). As the film progresses, it becomes impossible to know just who to trust, and resisting the stuff becomes increasingly difficult. The more you consume, the harder it becomes to resist.

Larry Cohen has become a hero to those whose intersts are in cult horror/sci-fi films, having turned out classics like 'A Return to Salem's Lot', 'The Ambulance', and 'Q: The Winged Serpent'. This is his fourth collaboration with actor Michael Moriarty, and it is well worth the money. 'The Stuff' contains comedy, action, science fiction, and horror - a combination of 'The Blob' and 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers', with Cohen's crazy sense of humour thrown in for good measure.

Bonus features on this edition include an informative audio commentary with director, Larry Cohen, TV spots, theatrical trailer, and widescreen presentation.

Buy it! You'll be addicted

Ghost Writer
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on 11 May 2013
Overall, you need to go into a film like this not expecting too much, and you won't be disappointed. Actually, the storyline is really quite good, and with some great wooden acting at times, the film grows on you tothe extent that some of the inconsistencies don't matter. I gave it 4 stars for entertainment value - and so will you, if you know what a good B-movie should be like.
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on 12 August 2010
Saw this on b/w tv in 1994 when I was 12 and cacked myself.

Watching on DVD at 28 on 32" tv, wet myself with laughter.

DOn't get me wrong, as god as this film is, its totally bonkers but takes itself seriously.

It is worth a watch just for the guy getting his head kicked off and shaving foam flying out of it, but apart from serious viewing, dont expect too much.
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on 17 January 2014
This is one of the funniest low cost B movies out there. Special FX arent too bad either but this movie was ahead of it's time in regards to Ice cream/Yogurts which now come with living Bio Cultures!!!!
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