Today, I’m straying a little bit from things that have borrowed from H.P. Lovecraft, not because I ran out of things, I’m sure we’ll see at least one more Lovecraftian inspired entry before the end of the season. I did it because there are a lot of good little nuggets of weirdness that popped up on video store shelves in the 1980s, and they deserve to be remembered (well some of them do anyway).
Today, I bring to you The Stuff. Have you ever felt that the horror market was missing a food-driven plotline? If so, this is the film for you. The Stuff is a creamy, filling dessert that is outselling ice cream and has no calories. As you can imagine the ice cream giants are unhappy with this turn of events and hire a industrial saboteur to find out how The Stuff is made and shut down the operation. As you might guess, it isn’t as simple as shutting down a factory or stealing a secret recipe. You’ll never look at yogurt or ice cream the same way again.
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Synopsis: Amalgamated Dairies hires David Rutherford, an FBI man turned industrial saboteur, to investigate a popular new product called “The Stuff,” a new dessert product that is blowing ice cream sales out of the water. Nobody knows how it’s made or what’s in it, but people are lining up to buy it. It’s got a delicious flavor to die for.
As some of you may or may not have guessed, I’m going to suggest today as a good day to get introduced to Full Moon Entertainment’s film Subspecies. Really, I’d recommend getting comfy and powering through all 4 films, but I can appreciate that not everyone will agree with me.
Subspecies deals with a power struggle for the Bloodstone (which contains the blood of saints) between two vampire brothers, the monstrous Radu and the humane Stephan. Three American college students get caught in the middle, and there you have it. Subspecies was a direct to video hit from Charles Band’s Full Moon Production. Subspecies while having an interesting plot is also the first american film shot in Romania following the fall of communism. Plus the makeup is good and the story of Stefan and Radu is quite compelling b/c Anders Hove is absolutely loathsome as Radu, the twisted misshapen half brother of Michael Watson’s Stefan. Bonus it’s shot in Romania, the birthplace of the modern vampire. There are three sequels to this film, and I’ve enjoyed every one of them, so check out this series.
Click on the image below to pick up the entire collection with the synopsis for the first film listed below.
Synopsis: The evil vampire villain Radu returns to his hometown Prejnar, after spending years in exile. He steals the precious blood stone which is said to be bleeding from all saints, from his father and kills him. Meanwhile two American schoolgirls team up with a local girl for work on Romanian culture. Radu becomes attracted to them but runs into trouble when his brother Stephan helps the girls.