The Stuff

Netflix gave me an extra movie this Christmas in a vain attempt to assuage my anger at the whole charging for streaming movies/Qwikster debacle. It didn’t work, but I was happy to get an extra DVD. What they sent was The Stuff. Since I already had Q: The Winged Serpent, that meant I had two Larry Cohen movies in my possession. I hadn’t known they were both Cohen films and that they both starred Michael Moriarty when I added them to my cue. I just remembered I liked them as a kid and wanted to see them again. Q was a little boring, though I think it was an overall good movie. The Stuff, though, was just as good as I remembered. A little Body Snatchers, a little Blob, and even a little Robocop, The Stuff is part monster movie, part comedy, part social commentary. Among the best parts are the fake commercials for The Stuff, including this one with Abe Vigoda and Clara “Where’s The Beef” Pellar.

At the end of the movie, there is also a quick shot of Brooke Adams. That’s worth the rental alone. If The Stuff doesn’t work for you, try It’s Alive and God Told Me To, a couple other Cohen films.

El Cid

Something a little different today, I’m including commentary for the trailer of El Cid by none other than legendary director, Larry Cohen (It’s Alive, Q-The Winged Serpent, God Told Me To), thanks to Trailers From Hell. Watch below as El Cid (Charlton Heston) defies the King with a very threatening smile!

With Larry Cohen’s commentary.

Without the commentary.