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The Stuff (1985)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  14 June 1985 (USA)
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A delicious, mysterious goo that oozes from the earth is marketed as the newest dessert sensation. But the tasty treat rots more than teeth when zombie-like snackers who only want to consume more of the strange substance at any cost begin infesting the world.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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David 'Mo' Rutherford
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Nicole
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'Chocolate Chip' Charlie W. Hobbs
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Colonel Malcolm Grommett Spears
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Jason
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Vickers
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Fletcher
James Dixon ...
Postman
Alexander Scourby ...
Evans
Russell Nype ...
Richards
Gene O'Neill ...
Scientist
Catherine Schultz ...
Waitress
James Dukas ...
Gas Attendant
Peter Hock ...
Miner
Colette Blonigan ...
Jason's Mother
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Storyline

Weird yummy goo erupts from the earth and is discovered by a couple of miners. They taste it and decide to market it because it tastes so good. The American public literally eats up the new dessert sensation now known as the Stuff, but, unfortunately, it takes over the brains of those who eat it, turning them into zombie-like creatures with no will to do anything but eat more of the bizarre substance by any means. It is up to ex-FBI agent David Rutherford and a kid named Jason to stop the spread of the mind-devouring dessert. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Are you eating it ...or is it eating you? See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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14 June 1985 (USA)  »

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A Coisa  »

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$1,700,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

According to the audio commentary on the 2000 Anchor Bay DVD, some of the substance props or stand-ins for the real Stuff used in the movie included lots of Häagen Däzs ice-cream, yogurt, and, for one scene involving an enormous avalanche-like effect of Stuff crashing though a wall, fire-extinguishing foam. Other shots, such as the ones of the giant lake of Stuff required superimposed images and animation. See more »

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In the scene at the Stuff factory, they stumble across a room full of Stuffies dressed in yellow, lying on the floor. In the shot directly after Jason says "Whatever was inside of them must have just taken off," the camera pans around all of the Stuffies, who all have their mouths open and tongues sticking out. The actor at the top of the screen (the farthest from camera) is wiggling his mouth and tongue rapidly, indicating that not only he is very much alive, but quite likely didn't even hear the director's call of action. See more »

Quotes

Col. Malcolm Grommett Spears: Pay the drivers, issue a ten-percent tip, get a cash receipt.
Militants: Yes, sir!
Col. Malcolm Grommett Spears: Proceed to the main lobby; we will reassemble! HUP!
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Crazy Credits

Brooke Adams holding a container of Stuff as in a commercial: "Enough is never enough." See more »

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The films of Larry Cohen
10 February 2005 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

The Stuff (1985) was a very interesting film from low budget film maker Larry Cohen. A funny parody on American consumerism and the greed of business. The movie is about two men who discover a strange kind of goo that's resembles and taste a bit like yogurt. Except it has a few after effects such as a strong crave for more "stuff" and a very nasty side effect. One of the few films to feature Michael Moriarity(a Larry Cohen favorite) in a lead role. Paul Sorvino steals the show as a leader of a craze militia and Garrett Morris as a wannabe Uncle Amos.

I have to recommend this movie. It's very entertaining and a bit of fun for all. If you like fifties science fiction films and Larry Cohen's other work, this movie's just for you.

Highly recommended.


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