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The Stuff (1985)

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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.

Director:

Larry Cohen

Writer:

Larry Cohen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Moriarty ... David
Andrea Marcovicci ... Nicole
Garrett Morris ... 'Chocolate' Charlie
Paul Sorvino ... Col. 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, white, and 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 an entity that takes over its victims' minds while making them crave more of it. Written by Devin tyler

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Enough is never enough. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Eric Bogosian is uncredited as one of the grocery clerks. See more »

Goofs

(around 11 min.) During the studio filming of the Stuff infomercial, the camera's shadow passes over Mo's back. See more »

Quotes

Jason: 'Scuse me, sir, I kinda just threw up in your car.
David 'Mo' Rutherford: I know!
Jason: I'm sorry!
David 'Mo' Rutherford: That's all right.
Jason: I just ate shaving cream!
David 'Mo' Rutherford: Everybody has to eat shaving cream once in a while
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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

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Stranger Things: Chapter Seven: The Bite (2019) See more »

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The Stuff is The Sh!t.
28 November 2007 | by ElijahCSkuggsSee all my reviews

The Stuff is one of those movies you always walk by at your local Mom and Pop video store. I always loved the cover when I was younger, but I was always very hesitant about the horror section, mainly because every movie in there seemed too old. Years later, I'm accepting the cheese like it's a brother and tell you what, I'm so glad I waited to see this. The Stuff is the sh!t.

The story starts with a couple guys finding this white, creamy ooze coming out of the ground. The one dude who initially discovered it actually tastes it! And low and behold the Stuff actually tastes great! Not long later this creamy ooze is now a nation wide dessert hit and has been named The Stuff. A oddball trio of sorts, private investigator, little boy who has great intuition for alien desserts, and a campaign organizer band together to stop people from eating The Stuff and get down to figure out exactly what it is. What follows is in my opinion easily one of the best horror/comedies that came out of the 80s. It's got a great lead with Michael Moriarty, who delivers his lines like a recent famous president, and an entertaining supporting cast which includes Danny Aiello and Garrett Morris (classic SNL).

One thing I don't understand about this flick though. Why on Earth is it Rated R? I suppose there's a couple scenes of gore, but damn this felt very light-hearted and comical. I suppose I just didn't pick up on the swears. Also if anyone reading this is a fan of Futurama, I couldn't help but think of the Slurm episode...realizing the famous product originates from a hideous source. Nevertheless, The Stuff has all the ingredients for a fun night, and if you've been looking for a classic 80's horror flick to watch, look no further.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New Paltz, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Larco Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Blu-ray Edition)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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