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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 ...
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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$1,700,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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 »

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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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Miner: Harry, what're you doin' eatin' show?
Old Miner: [eating Stuff] Are you outta your head, buddy? If this is snow, try it.
[offers the other miner some]
Miner: No, I don't eat snow.
Old Miner: Come on, give it a try, that's not snow. Try it.
Miner: [he tries it] What the hell is it?
Old Miner: You know, if this stuff is bubbling out of the ground like this, there might be enough of it here that we could sell to people!
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Although Michael Moriarty's character is continually referred to (and introduces himself) as "'Mo' Rutherford," the credits list him only as "David." 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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