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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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Are you eating it ...or is it eating you? See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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14 June 1985 (USA)  »

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A Coisa  »

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$1,700,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to the audio commentary on the 2000 Anchor Bay DVD, some of the substance props or stand-ins for the real Stuff used in the movie included lots of Häagen Däzs ice-cream, yogurt, and, for one scene involving an enormous avalanche-like effect of Stuff crashing though a wall, fire-extinguishing foam. Other shots, such as the ones of the giant lake of Stuff required superimposed images and animation. 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

[pursuing escaping Stuff]
'Chocolate Chip' Charlie W. Hobbs: You are not thinkin' about goin' after it!
David 'Mo' Rutherford: I hope you got a gun on you, Charlie!
'Chocolate Chip' Charlie W. Hobbs: How many times am I supposed to tell you my hands are lethal weapons?
David 'Mo' Rutherford: I hope you're right, 'cause if that thing tries to kill me, you kill me first!
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Crazy Credits

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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References Dawn of the Dead (1978) 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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