The Stuff (1985) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

The Stuff (1985) Directed by Larry Cohen. With Michael Moriarty, Andrea Marcovicci. Scott Bloom, Garret Morris and Paul Sorvino.


Writer-director Larry Cohen’s The Stuff, is a low rent comedy-horror film about an addictive gloopy white substance, that once ingested, turns its victims into crazed yoghurt fiends, keen to pass on their insidious ‘stuff’ love to their fellow man.

In reality, it’s as awful as it sounds. The laughs are few and the scares are fewer still. Michael Moriarty cuts an unlikely hero, but it’s hard to decide if he’s drunk, high or just not very good. Oddly, the film begins as a mildly decent, although cheap-looking piece of 1980’s schlock , but goes steadily downhill with every passing minute.

By the final act, when Paul Sorvino shows up as a racist army general, you might hope the whole world gets devoured. The Stuff has a hardcore fanbase who might argue points about the film’s deep social commentary, but in sadly, they’d be as deluded the ‘Stuff’-obsessed characters that make up this simplistic dog-muck. 1.5/5


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4 Responses to The Stuff (1985) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

  1. Laura O says:

    That just sounds weird! I sometimes like bad films but I might swerve this one.

  2. Horrible movie, but Chocolate Chip Charlie is fantastic.

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