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 ...
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 <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Enough Is Never Enough See more »


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Release Date:

14 June 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Coisa  »

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$1,700,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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One of Rupert Grint's favorite films. See more »


When Ben the dog leaves Mr. Vicker's side as Moe says, "Well, I suppose if both of you eat it, it's got to be all right," you can very briefly hear the on-set dog handler tell the dog to stay put. See more »


Col. Malcolm Grommett Spears: The yellow sons of bitches, they took their own lives! Commie bastards, you cheated me!
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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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Awesome B-movie
17 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I would recommend this movie to anyone who ever said that a movie was "so bad it was good." This move is actually Larry Cohen's most polished, least disjointed work. There are so many great scenes, and Michael Moriarty will make you laugh again and again. The humor is way over the top, and sometimes off color. It's a sci-fi thriller, a romantic comedy, an action packed mission film and conspiracy investigation all in one. The 1970's style commercials for The Stuff that are embedded in the movie are a great highlight. "Enough is never enough of the stuff." I own this movie on VHS, and make people watch it frequently.

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