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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:

Larry Cohen
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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:

You are what you eat. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Box Office

Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Larco Productions See more »
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Runtime:

| (Blu-ray Edition)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original cut of the film was said to be much longer and described by Director Larry Cohen as more "dense and sophisticated". Feeling that the film was too long, it was cut to increase the pace of the film. There was a romantic scene between Moriarty and Marcovicci that took place in a hotel room in the original cut. See more »

Goofs

After Moe and Nicole get off the jet plane, they leave in a car with two executives. As the car drives away, you can briefly see the camera's shadow on the car (on the left side of the screen). See more »

Quotes

David 'Mo' Rutherford: The name's Mo Rutherford. They call me that 'cause when people give me money, I always want mo'.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The original VHS release omitted the black-market Stuff. See more »

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You scream. I scream. We all scream… for 'The Stuff'?!
19 April 2007 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

A workman discovers some mushy white foam at an petroleum refinery in Alaska, and he gets the urge to try it and surprisingly it's tastes really good. Soon enough, it's a top-selling American dessert product known as "The Stuff" and everyone just can't seem to get enough of it. Industrial saboteur Moe Rutherford is hired by some rival companies to dig up information on "The Stuff" and he learns that it strangely got by FDA tests with those who passed it disappearing. Moe with the help of Nicole the advertising designer for 'The Stuff ' and a young boy Jason, whose family became obsessed with the deadly substance. Discover that the addictive dessert is actually alive and taking over the body of whoever eats it.

Yummy! For those looking for some tasty schlock that's low in calories and is a complete throwback to 1950's Sci-Fi horror. Larry Cohen's "The Stuff" definitely leaves a sweet taste in your mouth. Despite it's familiarity with the likes of "The Blob" and "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers", the neat premise still manages to feel fresh, sharp and ambitious, because of the unpretentious fun that's generated. All of this shows up in Cohen's enthusiastically accomplished direction and ace timing, where his off-the-rocker style shines immensely. Like most of his films, the playfully witty script digs deep into a social commentary and the flavour of the month happened to be consumerism and it's grip on society. The irony suggested ending, paints it perfectly. Not all of it is light and goofball in tone, as there are some dark, moody and gooey inclusions to the fold. There's a heavy cartoon-like atmosphere cooked up within a few striking images of creepiness and the deliciously campy special effects are well staged for such a low-budget production. Pacing is judge accordingly to pull you in. Cinematographer Paul Gickleman fluidly shot the film and the lively music score by Dwight Dixon ticks along fittingly. Cohen also pens the colourful story, which is terribly fractured with vagueness and continuity problems, but it's quirky maniac humour, zany developments with a surprise or two and satire frame of mind goes a long way to covering that problem up. The fruity performances are acceptably apt to what's happening on screen. The always interesting performer Michael Moriarty is wickedly good as the smarting, downbeat industrial spy Moe Rutherford. Paul Sorvino provides some amusing comic relief as an high strung, off-the-boil right-wing Colonel. Andrea Marcovicci, Garrett Morris, Danny O'Neal, Patrick O'Neal, Scott Bloom and Cohen regular James Dixon give splendid support too.

Even with some lapses within the story (due to probably the editing) and it being one of his lesser features, it's hard not to be infatuated by Cohen's outrageously delightful and creative treat for the taste buds.


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