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The Stuff (1985)

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
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Postman
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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

A green gooey but delicious substance erupts from beneath the earth and when the substance is shipped off to stores it throws ice cream right off the shelves but this delicious substance has a sinister secret it's a dangerous supernatural entity that takes over it's victims minds while eating their insides like acid and turning them into beings that crave the deadly dessert. Will the people beat the stuff or will it eat them? Written by devint-34563

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Habit forming. Mind controlling. Life absorbing. You can never get enough of The Stuff. See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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R | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

David 'Mo' Rutherford tells 'Chocolate Chip' Charlie W. Hobbs to contact agent Frank Herbert from the FBI. Frank Herbert was an American science fiction writer best known for the novel Dune and its five sequels. See more »

Goofs

During the hotel room scene when the stuff is pushing the man up the wall, if you look closely where the two main characters are supposed to be standing and watching the event, you can see they are replaced by stand-ins, and only the characters' voices can be heard. See more »

Quotes

[First lines]
Old Miner: [finds the Stuff bubbling out of the ground] What the hell is this? Sure smooth.
[he tastes some]
Old Miner: That tastes real good! Tasty! Sweet!
Second Miner: Harry, what're you doin' down there, takin' a leak?
Old Miner: No.
Second Miner: Want us to wait for ya?
Old Miner: No, you guys go on ahead. I'll catch up to ya later.
[continues eating the Stuff]
Old Miner: I'll be damned. Whatever that could be, it's mighty good.
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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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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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