Seeing Sean’s Yokai Monsters yesterday sent me to his site to see what he has been up to lately. He has been a whirlwind of creativity. Making new pieces about movies, video games and even toys. All of them are worthy of your attention, but I could not help but laugh when I found his new piece that puts the film The Stuff, in the action figure biz. The concept makes me laugh and at the same time think “I wish they made this”.
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.