The Stuff (1985)

dir. Larry Cohen

It’s generally accepted that The Stuff is in on its own joke. The premise is essentially “scary yoghurt” so it’s difficult for anyone to try and take it seriously, after all. But the problem with The Stuff is, in fact, it seems to try and take itself too seriously, despite being fully aware of the ludicrousness of its “scary yoghurt” angle. The movie is ostensibly a commentary on consumerism and corporate corruption, but it’s hard to tell such a hard-hitting story through the theme of “scary yoghurt”. The Stuff really does try, though. Scary yoghurt.

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