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Larry Cohen (written by)
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Release Date:
14 June 1985 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Are you eating it ...or is it eating you? See more »
Plot:
A delicious mysterious goo that oozes from the Earth is marketed as the newest dessert sensation. But the sugary treat rots more than teeth when zombie-like snackers begin infesting the world. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Larry Cohen Delivers a Scathing Satire of Business and Consumerism See more (95 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Moriarty ... David 'Mo' Rutherford

Andrea Marcovicci ... Nicole

Garrett Morris ... 'Chocolate Chip' Charlie W. Hobbs

Paul Sorvino ... Colonel Malcolm Grommett Spears

Scott Bloom ... Jason

Danny Aiello ... Vickers

Patrick O'Neal ... 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

Robert Frank Telfer ... Jason's Father (as Frank Telfer)

Brian Bloom ... Jason's Brother
Harry Bellaver ... Old Miner

Beth Tegarden ... Girl in Lab
Ann Dane ... Hostess

Rutanya Alda ... Psychologist
David Snell ... Doctor
Edward Power ... Executive

Nick Taylor ... Ex-FBI Man
Daniel Antonovich ... Store Owner
Heidi Miller ... Girl in Franchise
Marilyn Staley ... Tour Guide
Adrianne Sachs ... Studio Aide
John Newton ... Howard
Harvey Waldman ... Gateman
Nicolas De Toth ... Griswald (as Nicholas DeToth)
Bobbie Burns ... Secretary (as Bobbi Burns)
Gretchen Ullman ... Receptionist
Jery Hewitt ... State Trooper

Lisa Crosby ... Stuff Girl
Christine Angelica ... Stuff Girl

Brooke Adams ... Special Guest Star in Stuff Commercial

Laurene Landon ... Special Guest Star in Stuff Commercial

Tammy Grimes ... Special Guest Star in Stuff Commercial

Abe Vigoda ... Special Guest Star in Stuff Commercial
Clara Peller ... Special Guest Star in Stuff Commercial
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Eric Bogosian ... Supermarket Clerk (uncredited)

Patrick Dempsey ... Underground Stuff Buyer #2 (uncredited)
Brad Rijn ... Supermarket Clerk (uncredited)

Mira Sorvino ... Factory Worker (uncredited)
Drew Stanley ... Second Miner (uncredited)
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Directed by
Larry Cohen 
 
Writing credits
Larry Cohen (written by)

Produced by
Larry Cohen .... executive producer
Paul Kurta .... producer
Barry Shils .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Anthony Guefen 
 
Cinematography by
Paul Glickman (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Armond Lebowitz 
 
Art Direction by
Marleen Marta  (as Marlene Marta)
George Stoll 
 
Costume Design by
Timothy D'Arcy  (as Tim D'Arcy)
 
Makeup Department
Ed French .... mechanical makeup effects
Harvey Livingston Jr. .... hair designer
Harvey Livingston Jr. .... makeup artist
Michael Maddi .... mechanical makeup effects (as Mike Maddi)
Steve Neill .... mechanical makeup effects
Kim Robinson .... assistant makeup artist
Rick Stratton .... mechanical makeup effects
Craig Lyman .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Mark Croll .... unit production manager
James Dixon .... production supervisor: West Coast
Ira Halberstadt .... production manager: New York
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Croll .... first assistant director
Jim Danforth .... second unit director
Jenny Fitzgibbons .... second assistant director
Harvey Waldman .... first assistant director: New York
 
Art Department
Larry Justice .... swing man
Charles Weaver .... props (as Charlie Weaver)
 
Sound Department
Billy Byrne .... apprentice sound editor
Stuart Deutsch .... boom operator
Eugene Gearty .... sound effects editor
Athan Gigakos .... sound re-recording mixer (as Athan Gigiakos)
Joanna Jimenez .... assistant sound editor
Val Kuklowsky .... supervising sound editor
Rolf Pardula .... sound mixer
Lisa Wytrval .... apprentice sound editor
Arnold Finkelstein .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Bret Culpepper .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
David Allen .... special visual effects
Jim Danforth .... matte artist
Jim Danforth .... miniature photography
Jim Danforth .... optical effects
Jim Doyle .... special visual effects
Paul Gentry .... visual effects
John Lambert .... visual effects
David Stipes .... visual effects
Ted Rae .... modelmaker: Effects Associates (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Scott Buckler .... electrician
Val DeSalvo .... electrician (as Valerie DeSalvo)
Mike Dooley .... grip
Nelson Elwell .... special grip
Philip Foster .... first assistant camera (as Phil Foster)
Darryl Green .... gaffer
Tom Paul Hoppe .... camera operator: second unit (as Tom Hoppe)
Ken Howard .... still photographer
J. Christian Ingvordsen .... key grip (as Chris Ingvordsen)
Steven Kaman .... electrician (as Steve Kaman)
Cindy Lagerstrom .... special grip
Robert A. Preston .... special grip (as Bob Preston)
Gail Warren .... second assistant camera
Frederick Iannone .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Kathryn Conners .... extras casting (as Kathy Conners)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Timothy John .... costume designer: Ms. Marcovicci
Heidi Shulman .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Rosanne Lebowitz .... assistant editor (as Rozanna Lebowitz)
 
Music Department
Armond Lebowitz .... music editor
Richard Seaman .... music producer: jingles
Dwight Dixon .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Cathy Anderson .... location scout
Richard Benenson .... intern
Eamonn Bowles .... production assistant
Ian Clark .... titles
Jill S. Cohen .... production assistant (as Jill Cohen)
Melissa Cohen .... production assistant
Matthew Corey .... production assistant (as Matt Corey)
Drew Dillard .... production assistant
Steven Felder .... production consultant
Debra Fernandez .... choreographer
Peter Friedman .... production assistant
Elana Golden .... script supervisor
Jane Goldenberg .... intern
Sam Kitt .... production associate
Daniel Lupi .... production assistant
Larry Lurin .... product designer: "The Stuff"
Cecilia Kate Roque .... production coordinator (as Cecilia Roque)
Peter Sabiston .... executive: Larco Productions
Bob Schnur .... location scout
Joe Violante .... technical advisor
Pamela Wagener .... production assistant
Meredith Zamsky .... production assistant
Barbara Zitwer .... location scout
Craig Caton .... creature crew (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
93 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | France:-12 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #27631) | West Germany:18
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Did You Know?

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:
Continuity: When Mo and Charlie enter the post office, it's daytime - quite possibly afternoon. The moment they talk to the letter carrier inside, it's suddenly nighttime.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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Larry Cohen Delivers a Scathing Satire of Business and Consumerism, 10 December 2007
Author: gavin6942 from United States

Writer and director Larry Cohen does what he does best... we are brought a story of real-life American values, twisted into horror to tell us what we may already know but simply do not realize. Consumers will buy anything that is popular, regardless of how awful it is. And big business will sell anything for a profit even if it is harmful... and pretty much no one will stop it.

As far as the story goes, it is a pretty good one: ice cream salesmen want to stop their rival, the maker of The Stuff. So they hire Mo Rutherford (Cohen regular Michael Moriarty), former FBI agent and current industrial spy. Even without the horror aspects (which borrow very heavily from "The Blob") or the social commentary, the story itself is pretty good and Moriarty (multiple award winner) is the same guy we have come to love from "It's Alive III" and "Q".

Actually, Moriarty's presence in Cohen's films is always something of a mystery for me. Moriarty, as many know, is also a very conservative commentator, sometimes even bordering on racism with his critique of the Muslim and Arab world. For such a pro-Republican opinion to act out a role that criticizes business (the Republican cornerstone) and the wealthy is seemingly contradictory. But maybe this is the proof of just how great his acting really is.

The special effects are pretty decent. A few scenes are cheesy, and you can tell shots are layered... but the hotel room scene (where they use the spinning room from "Nightmare on Elm Street") is awesome, and even in general you have to hand it to them for making a very lifelike creature from what looks to be nothing more than spoiled egg nog (but probably not as tasty).

Any Larry Cohen fan is going to like this, and even by mainstream horror standards it is pretty good. It is a b-movie, but not nearly as "b" as some of the films he pumps out. As I have said, underneath it all is just a retelling of "The Blob" (noticeably released before the remake with Shawnee Smith came out). I give it my endorsement. You used to be able to find cheap copies at Walgreens and I imagine it has not gone up in price much since then, so there is no reason not to have this in your collection between "American Beauty" and "Gone With the Wind".

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