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 overview, first billed only:
David 'Mo' Rutherford
'Chocolate Chip' Charlie W. Hobbs
Colonel Malcolm Grommett Spears
James Dixon ...
Alexander Scourby ...
Russell Nype ...
Gene O'Neill ...
Catherine Schultz ...
James Dukas ...
Gas Attendant
Peter Hock ...
Colette Blonigan ...
Jason's Mother


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


WARNING! If you see The Stuff in stores... call the police. If you have it in your home... don't touch it...get out. The Stuff is a product of nature... a deadly living organism. It is addictive and destructive. It can overcome your mind and take over your body... and nothing can stop it. See more »


Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

14 June 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Coisa  »

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Box Office


$1,700,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Larry Cohen himself, in some scenes in which the Stuff chases characters, a foam made of blended fish bones was used. It stank so much that, as soon as the shots were done, the actors ran to a river in order to bathe and get rid of the stench. See more »


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 »


'Chocolate Chip' Charlie W. Hobbs: The only thing Chocolate Chip Charlie knows better than fighting is running.
David 'Mo' Rutherford: Pick a direction!
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Crazy Credits

Although Michael Moriarty's character is continually referred to (and introduces himself) as "'Mo' Rutherford," the credits list him only as "David." See more »


Referenced in JonTron: Goosebumps: Part 2 (2013) See more »

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There's more to this movie than satire
5 March 2005 | by (Actiondale, VA) – See all my reviews

I LOVE this movie. I rented it in high school because the cover looked like it was going to be total horror schlock. This of course was not the case.

On the surface, it definitely satirizes American consumerism.... but after several discussions with my friends, we noticed something else. This movie also seems to be Cold War era anti-communist propaganda. The Stuff, seemingly innocent at first, possesses and adapts you as part of the machine to further its spread around the globe (just as we were told in the ages of the Red Scare, communists are everywhere, and you can't tell them apart from you or I, and they will try to CONVERT YOU). Before long, all the people are willing slaves of the Stuff machine (the Stuffies), and they seek out the few that aren't under the Stuff's grip to force them into becoming part of the hive mind. It takes the actions of a few patriotic Americans (in the form of the Georgia Militia) to conquer and defeat the Stuffies (the Communists hidden among us).

I highly suggest checking this movie out, as it really is a great film, regardless of whether you agree with my opinion of what the movie is about.

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