Written by: John Edward Betancourt
The last time we all sat down to celebrate the wonder of a B Movie here at Girls of Geek we covered the incredibly goofy first two films in the Killer Tomatoes saga, where we learned one important part of making movies like that successful, not taking the subject matter too seriously. A crazy premise with a sense of lighthearted fun around the fact that the premise is wild makes for an enjoyable ride.
But what happens when a movie decides to take a ridiculous concept and play it as straight as possible? Well thankfully this question was answered, courtesy of the 1985 horror film The Stuff.
There is a new taste sensation sweeping the nation. It is known as The Stuff and ask anybody, it is delicious. In fact it is so scrumptious and so popular that others want to know how to make it so that they too can share in the excitement and the profits. Enter corporate spy Mo Rutherford who is now tasked with discovering everything he can about The Stuff. But Mo won't like what he finds. For The Stuff is more than an incredible dessert...it is also alive.
The sinister nature of that synopsis ties directly into my earlier point as since The Stuff really does try to play it straight. But the end result is a horror film that comes off as silly because of one fundamental flaw here...how the hell do you make a dessert scary even when it is a living organism? I'm not sure there is a good answer to that question. Dessert is delicious. Plain and simple. But this movie tries its best to terrify you. The Stuff can move and it eventually controls those who consume enough of it but that's not exactly terrifying because those it "infects" or "stuffies" as they are referred to are only "scary" when the Stuff decides to leave the body in a gross fashion.
Yet even then what should be a creepy moment goes back to comical since well, once the Stuff escapes you have to contend with a big white fluffy blob rolling around. So yes, that's your monster. No dripping teeth or razor sharp claws or red eyes glowing in the dark, just a fluffy dessert that will smother you if don't manage to out run it.
But despite the fact that this a horror film that isn't scary, it's still tough to to not turn away when watching it because of how over the top this sucker turns out to be. You simply have to know how crazy the next scene will turn out to be. So by all means check this one out. You won't be terrified to look in the fridge to see if the Ben and Jerry's is moving, but you'll definitely have yourself a good laugh.