5.9/10
12,523
121 user 114 critic

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.

Director:

Larry Cohen

Writer:

Larry Cohen
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Street Trash (1987)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A liquor store owner sells alcoholic beverages to homeless people, unaware of what the bottles actually contain: toxic brew.

Director: James M. Muro
Stars: Mike Lackey, Bill Chepil, Vic Noto
Q (1982)
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

NYPD detectives Shepard and Powell are working on a bizarre case of a ritualistic Aztec murder. Meanwhile, something big is attacking people of New York and only greedy small time crook Jimmy Quinn knows where its lair is.

Director: Larry Cohen
Stars: David Carradine, Michael Moriarty, Candy Clark
Basket Case (1982)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young man carrying a big basket that contains his extremely deformed Siamese-twin brother seeks vengeance on the doctors who separated them against their will.

Director: Frank Henenlotter
Stars: Kevin Van Hentenryck, Terri Susan Smith, Beverly Bonner
Chopping Mall (1986)
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A group of young shopping mall employees stay behind for a late night party in one of the stores. When the mall goes on lock-down before they can get out, the robot security system malfunctions, and goes on a killing spree.

Director: Jim Wynorski
Stars: Kelli Maroney, Tony O'Dell, Russell Todd
Society (1989)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An ordinary teenage boy discovers his family is part of a gruesome orgy cult for the social elite.

Director: Brian Yuzna
Stars: Billy Warlock, Concetta D'Agnese, Ben Slack
C.H.U.D. (1984)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A bizarre series of sudden disappearances on the streets of New York City seems to point toward something unsavory living in the sewers.

Director: Douglas Cheek
Stars: John Heard, Daniel Stern, Christopher Curry
The Blob (1988)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A deadly entity from space crashes near a small town and starts to consume anyone in its path. Panic ensues, as shady government scientists try to contain the horrific creature.

Director: Chuck Russell
Stars: Shawnee Smith, Kevin Dillon, Donovan Leitch Jr.
It's Alive (1974)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The Davies expect a baby, which turns out to be a monster with a nasty habit of killing when it's scared. And it's easily scared.

Director: Larry Cohen
Stars: John P. Ryan, Sharon Farrell, Andrew Duggan
Brain Damage (1988)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

One morning, a young man wakes to find that a small, disgusting creature has attached itself to the base of his brain stem. The creature gives him a euphoric state of happiness but demands human victims in return.

Director: Frank Henenlotter
Stars: Rick Hearst, Gordon MacDonald, Jennifer Lowry
From Beyond (1986)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A group of scientists have developed the Resonator, a machine which allows whoever is within range to see beyond normal perceptible reality. But when the experiment succeeds, they are immediately attacked by terrible life forms.

Director: Stuart Gordon
Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ted Sorel
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie. Some teenagers start to fight against them.

Director: Fred Dekker
Stars: Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall
Castle Freak (Video 1995)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A man struggles to save his family from the strange and deadly occurrences in the castle they've inherited.

Director: Stuart Gordon
Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Jonathan Fuller
Edit

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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's smooth and creamy. I'ts low-calorie and delicious. And it kills. It's the Stuff! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Stuff See more »

Filming Locations:

New Paltz, New York, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Larco Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Blu-ray Edition)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Executive's Office at the End is strangely similar to Mr Burns' Office from The Simpsons, particularly the Stuffed Polar Bear. See more »

Goofs

When Ben the dog leaves Mr. Vicker's side as Moe says, "Well, I suppose if both of you eat it, it's got to be all right," you can very briefly hear the on-set dog handler tell the dog to stay put. 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'.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons (1989) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 121 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed