Saturday, October 15, 2011
10-15-11: I Scream For Ice Cream
THE STUFF (1985)*** D: Larry Cohen. Michael Moriarty, Andrea Marcovicci, Garrett Morris
A conglomerate of business men hire a corporate spy to find out what's in a dessert sensation that is taking the country by storm. He discovers that "The Stuff" is a deadly organism that inhabits and takes over the minds of those who ingest it.
I remember seeing this when it first came out in theatres and that I didn't really like it all that much. It wasn't all that scary just weird. Now being a bit older I recognize the satirical humor that was so lost on a fifteen year old.
The visual and make up effects are still pretty good for an '80s low budget horror film. As rediculous as the premise may be, everyone just buys into it and deliver amusing performances. Most notably Paul Sorvino's gung ho General.
While by no means a classis, Cohen's film is still an entertaining piece of '80s b-movie horror. It's everything you'd expect from a Cohen film which can be good or bad but always fun.