I hadn't seen The Stuff for over a decade. It's one of Larry Cohen's better films. Q - The Winged Serpent is a better movie but it's not as funny as this. Both films share Michael Moriarty and Larry used Michael in 2 other pictures that I haven't seen.
Michael is pretty entertaining in The Stuff and he's got a good cast to work with: Garrett Morris, Patrick O'Neal, Andrea Marcovicci, Paul Sorvino, Scott Bloom, Danny Aiello, Alexander Scourby, Brooke Adams, Tammy Grimes, Abe Vigoda and Clara Peller. Keep an eye out for Eric Bogosian, Patrick Dempsey and Mira Sorvino in cameo
In The Stuff a miner finds a white ice-cream like goo coming out of the ground. He tries it and likes it. He thinks it would be a good idea to package it and sell it to people. Things happen off screen and soon enough The Stuff sweeps the nation. The mine is shut down and the company now produces The Stuff.
It's addictive and people can't get enough. People start eating The Stuff instead of most every other food. Big Ice Cream hires Michael Moriarty, an ex-FBI guy and industrial spy, to find out what The Stuff is so they can try to get their ice cream business back. The secret of the stuff is highly guarded, the company controls the town and the police in the area. Michael teams up with an advertising exec, a ten year old boy and a retired general with his own militia. They bring down the company but that hardly keeps The Stuff off of the streets.
It's all pretty silly and I liked it better this time than the last time. I changed my Watched Movie List comment from Crap to Funny. Who knows what I was thinking back then. There's an interesting commentary by Larry Cohen. It was the reason I got the DVD. I've heard one of his commentaries before and enjoyed that. The other extras are a trailer and a Larry Cohen bio.