Title: The Stuff (1985)
Cast: Michael Moriarty, Paul Sorvino, Patrick ONeal
This is one of those movies I used to watch a lot as a kid. Decades upon decades (I'm old I know) had passed since I last saw it and I had not found a chance to revisit this childhood flick. So I decided to finally give this one the old re-watch. How did it hold up?
Well, the thing about this movie is that it has an interesting premise. The story is about this chemical sludge that comes out of the earth. Its white and looks like Yogurt. One day, this old man finds it, the same way you would find an oil gaizer. Weird thing is the first thing the old man decides to do is taste the white stuff thats coming out of the ground. The old man doesnt stop twice to think if the stuff he is ingesting is toxic or an alien germ or something, no he simply picks it up with his fingers and eats it! As things turn out, the white stuff taste great and it is extremely addictive. Soon after that The Stuff becomes a sensation and is marketed all across the country! It outsells ice cream! People are getting curiously addicted to the new product! And are there any side effects to eating The Stuff? Oh yeah, after you eat a lot of it, you turn into a brainless zombie with The Stuff for blood and brains thats all! Anyhows, this little kid starts noticing how strange his family is behaving. All anybody talks about in the house is about eating The Stuff! One day the kid opens the fridge and The Stuff is alive and moving on its own inside of the fridge! The kid goes on a binge trying to let the world know that The Stuff is evil! Its bad for ya! But whos going to listen to a little kid?
So yeah, there you have it. Thats The Stuff in a nut shell. Problem is that the film is not all that exciting. The movie is very low budget and it shows. But it has big ideas, and it does its best with what its got to put them across. I salute the movie for going further then it had any right to, considering how much money they had to make this film with. Yup folks this movie was made with a meager 1.7 million dollars! So I salute the filmmakers for achieving so much with so little.
Whats to like about this movie anyways? Well, it's got that eerie Invasion of the Body Snatchers feel to it. What I also like to call the Invaders from Mars syndrome. You know the one where everybody starts acting all weird, the townsfolk, your brother, your sister, your parents. This is the kind of film where everybody in town is acting all weird, and your the only normal person! They all want you to be like them, to join them. That's really what I find most interesting about films of this kind. You can associate these themes with the drone like mentality of religion, or any other belief system that wants everybody to think the same. This is the kind film where if you dont agree with the majority, then you die!