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Release Date:
14 June 1985 (USA) See more »
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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 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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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From beneath the ground to the frozen food aisle... See more (96 total) »

Cast

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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
Philippe Carr-Forster .... first assistant camera (as Phil Foster)
Val DeSalvo .... electrician (as Valerie DeSalvo)
Mike Dooley .... grip
Nelson Elwell .... special grip
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:
87 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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Trivia:
According to audio commentary on the 2000 Anchor Bay DVD, the scene in the motel where the Stuff comes out of the mattress and pillows and attacks the man on the wall and ceiling was shot in a room that could turn upside down, allowing the Stuff to move up and down the wall. It was exactly the same room used in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) when Johnny Depp's character Glen is sucked into his bed and his blood is regurgitated back out onto the ceiling.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the scene at the Stuff factory, they stumble across a room full of Stuffies dressed in yellow, lying on the floor. In the shot directly after Jason says "Whatever was inside of them must have just taken off," the camera pans around all of the Stuffies, who all have their mouths open and tongues sticking out. The actor at the top of the screen (the farthest from camera) is wiggling his mouth and tongue rapidly, indicating that not only he is very much alive, but quite likely didn't even hear the director's call of action.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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19 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
From beneath the ground to the frozen food aisle..., 3 March 2004
Author: Pepper Anne from Orlando, Florida

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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