The Stuff (1985)


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When a group of miners discovers a mysterious but delicious white substance bubbling up from the earth, a conglomerate markets the gooey, addictive fluff as a dessert in this tongue-in-cheek horror spoof from former NBC scriptwriter Larry Cohen. When a new product called "The Stuff" begins eating into the market share of traditional frozen desserts, the dairy industry hires former FBI agent Moe Rutherford (Michael Moriarty) to investigate the competition. With the assistance of deposed ice-cream … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Larry Cohen
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On DVD: Oct 24, 2000
New World Video


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as Postman

as Richards

as Scientist

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as State Trooper

as Jason's Mother

as Jason's Father

as Jason's Brother

as Stuff Girl

as Investigator

as Hostess

as Psychologist

as Old Miner

as Executive

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as Ex-FBI Man

as Stuff Executive

as Girl in Franchise

as Herself

as Studio Aide

as Howard

as Secretary

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as State Trooper
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Critic Reviews for The Stuff

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

The Stuff isn't a genre defining B-Movie by any means, but it's a rather unique and fresh example of the crazed originality such a genre possesses. You just can't get enough!

Full Review… | November 3, 2013
We Got This Covered

Totally resistible horror comedy by the playful B film filmmaker Larry Cohen.

Full Review… | April 14, 2011
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Audience Reviews for The Stuff

So appallingly awful that it doesn't even work as a commentary about the kind of crap that people ingest without knowing what it is, and so it is only trashy, nonsensical, with a ridiculous sense of humor, and terribly directed by someone who clearly has no idea what mise-en-scène is.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Very good B movie horror. The Stuff directed by Larry Cohen is an entertaining comedy horror film that has enough good elements to make this an entertaining ride. The plot is great, and there's plenty to enjoy about this film. Though flawed, this is a terrific forgotten gem from the 80's that is worth your time if you're looking for a horror flick that is bizarre but fun, then this is a must see. The premise for this film is pretty neat, a gooey substance grows from the Earth and is discovered that is delicious, and addictive. Unfortunately The Stuff controls the mind and eats the victims insides. Complimented with good, gory effects, The Stuff is a memorable B movie that will thrill horror fans looking for terrific forgotten gems like this one. I personally felt that The Stuff is one of the best unheard horror films of the 80's, cheesy premise for sure, but this is terrific entertainment. If you want an interesting and quite unique horror film with a social commentary; then look no further than The Stuff. Larry Cohen crafts a good film that despite its flaws is lots of fun to watch. Like I've stated earlier, this is one of the best unheard of horror comedies of the 80's. Definitely an underrated film that deserves to be seen by horror film fans. What makes this film appealing is the interesting premise and if you love B movie films from the 80's, and haven't seen this film, do so when you get the chance. The Stuff is a cheesy classic of 80's horror cinema, and it delivers .

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


A very fun B-Horror Noir, and one of Larry Cohen's best. It's not going to blow your mind, but it's very watchable.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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