Arrow Video, with sales and distribution expertise provided by MVD Entertainment Group, has tabbed Apr. 19 as the release date for a newly prepared 2K restoration — from the original camera negative — of auteur filmmaker Larry Cohen’s 1985 “what’s eating you” sci-fi treasure, The Stuff.
Larry Cohen is a cult icon to film fans. He could do blaxploitation with the best of them (Black Caesar, Hell Up in Harlem), but his real claim to fame has been his horror and sci-fi gems, which include the It’s Alive trilogy and two very special films with Michael Moriarty (they would ultimately team for four, plus an episode of Anchor Bay Entertainment’s Masters of Horror anthology series) during the early 1980s. Q (aka: Q: The Winged Serpent) was the first in 1982, and The Stuff followed in 1985.
Moriarty is an ice cream “hit man” named Mo, who has been recruited by members of an ice cream cartel to find out who is behind a new brand called “The Stuff,” a frothy concoction that is sweet, filling and yet has no calories. It’s killing ice cream sales!
With the help of a kid (Scott Bloom) and Mo’s main squeeze, Nicole (Andrea Marcovicci), he discovers that “The Stuff” is a parasite that turns those who eat too much of it (which is pretty much everyone since it is addictive) into crazed zombies who are eventually just an empty skin suit.
They discover its origin, plot to destroy it … but there an unseen betrayal in the works that could keep “The Stuff” in circulation well after its expiration date!!
Bonus nuggets include a making-of featurette titled “Can’t Get Enough of The Stuff” and a documentary on the film featuring writer/director Larry Cohen, producer Paul Kurta, f/x guru Steve Neill and actress Andrea Marcovicci.