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The Stuff (1985)

 -  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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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 ...
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Gene O'Neill ...
Scientist
Catherine Schultz ...
Waitress
James Dukas ...
Gas Attendant
Peter Hock ...
Miner
Colette Blonigan ...
Jason's Mother
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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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The last cinema film of Alexander Scourby. See more »

Goofs

During the Taste scene at the end with Patrick O'Neal, his character says, "We tested it. We tested it in a small Illinois Town." Between those two sentences, a car horn sounds off from outside the building. See more »

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David 'Mo' Rutherford: Okay, lethal hands, kill the door.
'Chocolate Chip' Charlie W. Hobbs: Watch out for splinters.
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Brooke Adams holding a container of Stuff as in a commercial: "Enough is never enough." See more »

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1980s time capsule
8 July 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

In this ultra-gross-and-proud-of-it B-movie, some people discover a strange substance bubbling out of the ground. They taste it (yes, they find something on the ground and just eat it!), like it, and decide to start marketing it as The Stuff; it quickly becomes the most popular food of all. But, sure enough, a detective (Michael Moriarty) hired by the candy companies discovers that The Stuff turns people into obedient zombies before completely dissolving their innards. So, only he, an advertising executive (Andrea Marcovicci), and a boy (Scott Bloom) can stop The Stuff from taking over the world.

A completely ridiculous idea? Absolutely. But one might interpret "The Stuff" as a parable about excessive consumerism brainwashing people into brand loyalty. There's also a scene in which Paul Sorvino's right-wing yahoo of a colonel claims that in the case of the Vietnam War, we lost the war at home (so it was perfectly OK to invade their country). But I mostly saw the movie as a 1980s time capsule. There's the over-synthesized music for the TV commercials, the impossibly polite suburban family, and more. Of course, most people into these kinds of movies will probably agree that the coolest scenes are when people spit The Stuff out after it dissolves them. Director Larry Cohen (who also directed the killer baby vehicle "It's Alive") pulls no punches.

All in all, this is quite a treat. Sort of an updated "Invasion of the Body Snatchers". Also starring Danny Aiello and former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Garrett Morris.


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