The Stuff

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.


Doug is a child of the 80s who was raised in Ohio and is now living the life of oblivion in the bay area of California.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. I vaguely remember enjoying the stuff when I was a kid, never heard of that winged serpent one though.

  2. I saw this at a film festival at my high school. Good movie. Should be better known than it is.

  3. The Stuff: Cool Whip with an attitude.

  4. One of my favorite horror films when I was a kid, and a great Garrett Morris performance to boot (as cookie magnate “Chocolate Chip Charlie”). The Stuff is currently available on Netflix Instant watch:

  5. Doug, I watched this on Netflix instant just the other week…it still holds up and exactly as you said, it’s funny, scary, and a social commentary to boot. How about that ending though, that’s very Paul Verhoeven.

    I wish they could have made a prequel solely about Michael Moriarty’s character David “Mo” Rutherford…because while in one way he’s a jerk he is really a likeable character.

  6. Michael Moriarty was awesome in this movie, and in Q as well. I’d like to see more of his character, too. I’d also like to see more Brooke Adams.

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