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>

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 »


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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 »


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 »


'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

Brooke Adams holding a container of Stuff as in a commercial: "Enough is never enough." See more »

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Great, entertaining movie
30 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

In contrary to the previous comment, I have to say this was a great movie. Who would ever come up with an idea that ice cream would be the instrument for our doom? What person would ever come up with tricking his parents that he was eating it, but he was actually eating shaving cream? When I was a child, after watching this movie, I had the mad rush of curiosity and tried it myself..Yuck!

Anyway finally, where else can we find great horror, suspense with humor without the hell of CGI?;) This is why I love 80's movies so much and I highly recommend it for a Friday night with pizza.

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