November Theme: Evil Food

This November, here at HorrorAddicts.net, we will be celebrating Evil Food! Food that has come to live and isn’t up to anything good.

What are your favorite stories about evil food? A couple of us mentioned the movie mentioned The Stuff and we had it on Morbid Meals recently. Here is also a Vault for you to get into the mood.

 

I am a huge Tales From the Darkside fan. I instantly thought of this.

Next time you hear someone tell their child not to play with their food, and something tastes really good and you haven’t heard of it before… be careful looks and tastes might not be what they seem,,,,

Morbid Meals – Tribute to The Stuff

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EXAMINATION

About the only thing we know about The Stuff is that “enough is never enough”. It was discovered oozing up from the ground at a petroleum chemical plant in the 80’s and it was very tasty, addictive, and mind-altering, all before it eventually caused consumers to explode. We sent in a crazy corporate spy to find out the formula, but he was unsuccessful. So, here’s my attempt using all natural ingredients.

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ANALYSIS

Yield: about 1 1/2 pints

Ingredients

12 oz cream cheese, softened
10 oz sweetened condensed milk
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract or other clear flavoring (optional)

Apparatus

  • Mixing bowl
  • Stand mixer or hand mixer

Procedure

  1. In the mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Mix in the condensed milk, a little at a time, to keep the mixture smooth with no clumps.
  3. Mix in the lemon juice and vanilla extract. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Mix until velvety smooth.
  4. Pour into serving containers and let it set in the refrigerator. Serve chilled.

DISSECTION

Feel free to add any flavor extract you like to amp up the flavor, just be sure it is clear so that The Stuff stays pristine white.

POST-MORTEM

The Stuff will stay fresh in the fridge for less than a week. After that, well, it might try to come find you.

Some of you may have noticed, this is really the filling for a basic no-bake cheesecake. Here’s some ideas for crusts. Prepare your crust, pour in The Stuff, and chill in your fridge for at least two hours. Top with cherries or whatever you fancy.

You can also make delightful parfaits with alternating layers of fruit, The Stuff, and some crumbled cookies (or graham crackers).

Also, this makes an amazing ice cream base and you don’t even have to churn it (though you can if you have an ice cream churn.) Just pour into a freezer-safe container and freeze overnight. So good!

Really, the options are endless. Remember, “enough is never enough”!

The Stuff (1985)

The Stuff is a Horror Film that came out in 1985 and has quite the impressive cast.  The film has Garrett Morris, Paul Sorvino, Michael Moriarty, Danny Aiello, and many other actors many horror fans will recognize.  The cast alone is just one reason to watch The Stuff due to the large ensemble.

However, who likes to see a movie just for the cast.  The Stuff is a classic B-Movie from the 1980’s error of Horror films that combined not only a fright but satiric comedy.

The Stuff starts out with a white substance found within a mine.  After tasting the substance it is found to be quite tasty and practically overnight it becomes the next mega commercial product.  Everywere people look The Stuff is being sold.  This however does not sit well with those in the ice cream industry as sales began to suffer.  They turn to private investigator David “Mo” Rutherford (Moriarty) to find out the secret to the product.  Rutherford eventually finds out what the Stuff is and begins to take aims to stop it.

Along the way others begin to find out what the Stuff is doing. We find people being mutated, killed and in one comedic scene chased around a bed.  The film does a great job of tossing in scares along with many pieces of humor.  Colonel Malcolm Grommett (Sorvino) adds addition humor through his actions.  The fact that you have Saturday Night Live alum Garrett Morris in the film can guarantee some great comedic scenes.  Of course some of the best moments can be found in the television commercials for The Stuff.  These commercials include the Wendy’s “Where’s the Beef” woman along with Abe Vigoda, and Actress Brooke Adams.

The Stuff is a film that will leave Horror Fans not only laughing but at times jumping from their seats.  The film is just a pure joy to watch and although the film is out dated by today’s standards, it is still great fun and an enjoyable thrill ride.  Those who are fans of A Nightmare on Elm Street may even find themselves doing a double take as they watch the film.  There is a scene in this film that used a set piece from Nightmare.  It is up to the viewers to see if they can find this connection. Just one thing to remember when watching.  You may want to lay off any yogurt or ice cream as you view the film.