The Stuff (1985) - Plot Summary Poster



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  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Industrial spy and former FBI agent David 'Mo' Rutherford is hired by executives of the ice-cream industry to disclose the recipe of the phenomenally successful marshmallow- and yogurt-like desert called the Stuff. Somehow, its consumers become addicted in the product, and competitors want the formula. With the support of Nicole, the designer of the Stuff's advertising campaign, and a boy named Jason, who refused to eat it after his family became consumed, Mo tries to prove that the Stuff is a malevolent and possibly sentient natural substance that is trying to take over the wills of the population of Earth.

  • 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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  • Two miners (Peter Hock & Harry Bellaver) find a yogurt- and ice-cream-like substance that appears from inside the Earth's core in a kind of eruption. They taste it to see whether it's edible, and they like it a lot. They love the way that it tastes so much that they decide to mass-produce it and start selling it. From now on, it's known as the Stuff, the latest taste sensation.

    Jason's mother (Colette Blonigan) buys the product--suddenly it's everywhere, on commercials, billboards, at the supermarket.... The Stuff is usually kept in the fridge, but Jason (Scott Bloom) doesn't like this new product at all, especially because he saw it move all by itself inside his refrigerator. However, his parents don't listen to him. Soon, there is only Stuff in the household fridge, so that Jason feels more and more hungry and isolated. Jason's family was not a really good family before - at least toward Jason - but now they only talk, eat, and think Stuff.

    Finally Jason is contacted by ex-FBI agent David "Mo" Rutherford (Michael Moriarty). They recognize each other as people who have not tasted Stuff. They go to the main factory to try to stop them producing the deadly dessert. People become slaves of the Stuff, preferring that substance instead of food.

    Mo and Jason, and Nicole (Andrea Marcovicci), the designer of the strange substance's advertising campaign, start being attacked by people who have become addicted to the Stuff.

    Finally, they reach the factory. Mo and Nicole are given a tour around the factory, and the foreman tells them that they have a room paid for at the nearest motel. Meanwhile, Jason has trespassed, and he becomes trapped inside one of the distribution lorries.

    The most famous scene happens now when at a cheap motel, Stuff starts appearing from their mattress. First, it tries to suffocate David, but Nicole burns it. They run away, but a man obedient to the Stuff is the one who gets killed. Stuff overfloods the whole motel. Meanwhile, the lorry in which Jason is in starts moving, followed by David and Nicole. Jason tumbles all around inside it. The lorry reaches its destination.

    Nicole and David see a stream of Stuff flooding from the core of the Earth, and being put inside the lorries without any filtering. David attaches some mini recording cameras to his ankles and then uses the yellow overalls of the Stuff workers. The Stuff creates weird milky structures.

    Stuff is being poured in the lorry where Jason is trapped in. David hears Jason talking to the Stuff, so he can free him. Meanwhile, Nicole is attacked by one of the workers while she is travelling to the meeting point with David, who saves her. Then, David comes back to take Jason from the lorry.

    A police officer stops the lorry which David is driving because the back door was open. David mentions that it's a pity that so much Stuff is getting wasted. Jason and Nicole pretend to eat it until the police officer also goes to eat some and David can knock him down.

    They reach a castle and some army guys will help them to take on the factory lead by Colonel Malcolm Grommett Spears (Paul Sorvino). They kill many factory workers but the Stuff overflows once again. Nicole and Jason run in the last second. The Stuff wrecks the factory. They want to broadcast from Atlanta so that everybody knows what the Stuff can do.

    'Chocolate Chip' Charlie W. Hobbs (Garrett Morris) is a radio broadcaster who will help them because he has seen what people turn to after the Stuff has finished with them. However, it turns out that he is one of the "addicts" to Stuff. He takes Nicole aside and opens his mouth and Stuff starts pouring out.

    Somehow, people believed what the Colonel said and they start turning against Stuff. They burn it and vandalise places which sale it.

    The owners of the Stuff want to comercialize it calling it The Taste, a blend of yoghourt and icecream with enough Stuff on it to turn everybody's mind addicted to it. David calls Jason, and he enters the room. Jason takes glasses and glasses of Stuff and they force the company owners to eat it.

    The police arrive while the two owners eat and eat. They are already hooked on it and can't stop. David and Jason leave.

    Meanwhile, some criminals are buying loads and loads of their drug of choice, Stuff, implying that Stuff is here to stay.

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