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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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Larry Cohen

Writer:

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Russell Nype ... Richards
Gene O'Neill Gene O'Neill ... Scientist
Catherine Schultz Catherine Schultz ... Waitress
James Dukas James Dukas ... Gas Attendant
Peter Hock Peter Hock ... Miner
Colette Blonigan ... Jason's Mother
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Storyline

When a mysterious, green, gooey but delicious substance begins oozing from the earth's surface, it makes a great new dessert product but this new dessert has a sinister origin: it's a supernatural entity that takes over its victims mind while making them crave more of it Written by Devin tyler

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stuff - Ein tödlicher Leckerbissen See more »

Filming Locations:

New Paltz, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Larry Cohen hired Effects Associated to do the special effects for the film. Cohen was reportedly unhappy with several shots and paid only half of what was agreed on (about $8,000). Effects Associated then filed a class-action lawsuit. See more »

Goofs

The clean bedsheets are suddenly spread with Stuff, when it latches onto David. See more »

Quotes

David 'Mo' Rutherford: You're Chocolate Chip Charlie!
'Chocolate Chip' Charlie W. Hobbs: Well, I sure as hell ain't the Kentucky Colonel!
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

Before the film was released, about 30 minutes of scenes were deleted by director Larry Cohen in editing. This included scenes with stop-motion animation by the late animator 'Dave Allen (II)' that involved baby Stuff and walking Stuff. These scenes were not included on the DVD release, but they may one day surface. See more »

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From beneath the ground to the frozen food aisle...
3 March 2004 | by vertigo_14See 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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