Just can't get enough of this!
Three minutes in, you’ve seen "The Stuff" in two different forms and it’s already made its way from the well to the market. Talk of a way to propel a story! Great pacing! Can Larry Cohen keep up with such an introduction? Mostly, yes. He wants to deliver a fun story, give it a little depth and insert a commentary on capitalism. He manages to do all that harmoniously by sticking to the basics.
There are arguably three main protagonists, here: a kid whose family is contaminated by The Stuff early on, an industrial saboteur, played by Michael Moriarty, and his new friend, Chocolate Chip Charlie. The kid’s arc is horrifying and very human, Moriarty’s character gets a somewhat classic procedural and Chocolate Chip Charlie, well, punches his way through this movie.
The goo effects and the gore are very convincing. Whatever doesn’t convince you will make you giggle. This is a tongue-in-cheek horror comedy that is as disgusting as it is funny. No part of this film has been left to chance. From the campy theme song to the hilarious one-liners, you’ll remember this one long after the end credits roll. You just can't get enough of The Stuff!