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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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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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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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14 June 1985 (USA)  »

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$1,700,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Arsenio Hall was considered for the roll of "Chocolate Chip" Charlie W. Hobbs. See more »

Goofs

When Moe is threatening the two executives in the penultimate scene, he says, "Keep eating it till it's coming out of your eyeballs." In the next shot, Moe's mouth isn't moving as he finishes the sentence. See more »

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[discussing the Stuff-possessed postman]
David 'Mo' Rutherford: What do you think, Charlie?
'Chocolate Chip' Charlie W. Hobbs: The man is not in proper operating order.
David 'Mo' Rutherford: Absolutely.
'Chocolate Chip' Charlie W. Hobbs: I'd like to take him someplace and get him X-rayed.
David 'Mo' Rutherford: Yeah, but what if he doesn't wanna come along with us?
'Chocolate Chip' Charlie W. Hobbs: We snatch 'im.
David 'Mo' Rutherford: Oh, now, Charlie, I run a high-tech operation. I don't go in for things like that.
'Chocolate Chip' Charlie W. Hobbs: I got a few low-tech solutions for our problem. We hit that sucker over the head.
David 'Mo' Rutherford: Oh, well, ummm... we could do that.
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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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From beneath the ground to the frozen food aisle...
3 March 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

It came from beneath the ground. The Stuff. It's the new dairy craze that turns it's addicted victims into mutating zombies. The movie is about three people attempting to get to The Stuff before it gets to them.

The Stuff is a metaphor for drug smuggling/drug addictions, which is obviously evident from the ending. Although, it could be read as metaphorical of any kind of destructive addiction, really. It could also be held as a metaphor of products liability and the lengths companies will go to rack up profits, even in the face of defective products.

The Stuff, starring Michael Miarity, Paul Sorvino, and those gorgeous Bloom Brothers, is actually not quite as ridiculous as a glance at the box might lead one to believe. In fact, it's actually a rather funny zombie-like tale with Michael Miarity as Moe "why do they call me Mo? Because when people give me money I always ask for Mo!" as he repeatedly jokes to his frustrated associates. Moe is the guy sent to find out what The Stuff is by competitor's wishing to jump on the market. But, Moe figures out much more than that. Hence, his mission to try to get rid of it.

Paul Sorvino, always a terrific actor, is funny as the overzealous army commander trying too hard to maintain his position as leader of this coup against that lovable dairy treat.

What's more is that the special effects, which in my book are about 80% of a horror film, were, much to my surprise, pretty damned good. In fact, I was actually surprised by the whole thing really, and actually came to enjoy it.

If you enjoy The Stuff, perhaps you'll enjoy a 1994 Australian horror film of a similar nature entitled 'Body Melt.' Beware, however, that Body Melt is much weirder and tons more gross than the occurrences in The Stuff, if you'd call the Stuff gross at all.


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