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Saturday, 29 August 2015

The Stuff (1985)

You’d be forgiven for thinking it’s little more than a rip-off of The Blob (1958) based on the title and cover art, but it’s not like that at all. It could be praised as a satire or commentary on the gluttony of the food industry, but mostly I enjoy it because it's Larry Cohen (he wrote, produced and directed) having fun with cheap effects and allowing Michael Moriarty of Q (1982) to once again make the sci-fi silliness not only palatable but hugely enjoyable. Not to be outdone, Paul Sorvino plays his role with real aplomb.
The willingness of consumers to ignore the niggles of common sense and accept any crap they're fed if it's dressed up in colourful packaging isn't just a haunting, fictional concept, it's happening in everyday life.

3 unhealthy McStuffies out of 5

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