I just watched a very silly 1985 movie called The Stuff. Loved it too…
Here’s the basic idea: A man discovers a white goo like substance bubbling from the ground, weirdly decides to taste it, and it turns out to be sweet and delicious. Soon the product was being mass marketed as “The Stuff” and takes America by storm.
Marketed in a tub like Ice Cream, but with what seems like the consistency of a cross between marshmallow paste and shaving cream, people start eating it as a desert but quickly it becomes the only meal it’s fans eat. Slick commercials sells the products to the masses selling it’s flavour and the fact that it has zero calories – a practically miracle food it would seem. Well, have you heard the saying that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true.
Well, the Stuff becomes so popular that it starts killing the Ice Cream industry. Dairy officials hire former F.B.I. agent turned industrial saboteur, David “Mo Rutherford (played by Michael Moriarty) and Junk Food King, Charles W. “Chocolate Chip Charlie” Hobbs (played by the always great Garrett Morris), to find out what’s actually in The Stuff, and help destroy it.
The more he looks into just what The Stuff is, the more he realizes just how diabolical and dangerous The Stuff actually is. Teaming up with an Advertising guru that helped popularize The Stuff, a kid who discovered early how dangerous the Stuff is when it took over his family and a Militia leader (played by Paul Sorvino), the take on the manufacturer, distributer and The Stuff itself.
A definitely silly film that takes a poke at mass marketing and how the public easily falls prey to it, I have to recommend this film – it has a charm that is so rare in film. Sure it’s weird – so am I and people like me (well, they say they do). Watch this film. Go out and buy the DVD, or watch it on Netflix (that’s what I did)… Or even watch it for free on Youtube (I didn’t know it was available there until about 30 seconds before writing this sentence). – Just watch it.
Here’s the trailer:
And here is the whole damned movie in it’s entirety:
We live in great times if you, like myself, appreciate B-Movies, because the Internet is polluted with these old, cheezy movies available for watching/downloading legally (in most cases).
Recently Google has expanded their movie service on Youtube. Now you can rent full length movies through the popular video service, but what many do not know is that there is a huge number of movies available for free also. I have watched several movies for free over the last few months on Youtube, including the notorious Ed Wood film, Plan 9 From Outer Space, the Filipino exploitation films, Brides of Blood and the Mad Doctor of Blood Island. There are lots more to come, I am sure as there are tons of B-Movies up there.
Another great source is the Internet Archive. The Internet Archive is an organization that is indexing and archiving the Internet, as well as preserving media for the future. In their “Moving Images” section under Feature films you can find hundreds of public domain movies. I have watched quite a few Film Noir movies and a number of Science Fiction 50s B-Movies. There’s is whole lot more there too, including TV shows and music. This is actually my favourite spot on the Internet.
There are lots of other places too – all it takes is a Google search for Public Domain movies will reveal a plethora of sources. -Why not send me an email of your favourite, freely available movies on the Web? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and share?
Check out these links to get yourself watching free movies:
Youtube Free Movies:
Internet Archive Feature Films: