The Stuff (1985) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Stuff (1985)




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Movie Info

Former NBC-TV scriptwriter Larry Cohen directed this surreal, violent horror spoof that features a sweet-tasting white confection that looks like ice cream oozing up from the ground. A hamburger-chain operator, Colonel Spears (Paul Sorvino), teams up with an ice-cream maker, Chocolate Chip Charlie (Garrett Morris), to tap into the sticky blob's commercial potential by turning it into a best-selling confection. The trouble is, the stuff turns people who consume it into addicts and then into zombies, as it eats away at them from the inside. Messy and grotesque scenes dominate the satire, which stars Michael Moriarty as the investigator trying to discover the secret behind the violence. Moriarty and Sorvino would go on years later to team up on television's Law and Order. Cohen livens up this film with cameo appearances by several television commercial personalities, including Clara Peller, the "Where's the beef?" lady.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Larry Cohen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 24, 2000
New World Video


Michael Moriarty
as David 'Mo' Rutherfor...
Garrett Morris
as 'Chocolate Chip' Cha...
Paul Sorvino
as Colonel Malcolm Grom...
Danny Aiello
as Vickers
James Dixon
as Postman
Russell Nype
as Richards
Gene O'Neill
as Scientist
Cathy Schultz
as Waitress
James Dukas
as Gas Station Attendan...
Peter Hock
as State Trooper
Colette Blonigan
as Jason's Mother
Robert Frank Telfer
as Jason's Father
Brian Bloom
as Jason's Brother
Marilyn Staley
as Stuff Girl
Beth Teagarden
as Investigator
Ann Dane
as Hostess
Rutanya Alda
as Psychologist
Harry Bellaver
as Old Miner
Edward Power
as Executive
Abe Vigoda
as Old Couple in Stuff ...
Clara Peller
as Old Couple in Stuff ...
Brooke Adams
as Girl in Stuff Commer...
Nick Taylor
as Ex-FBI Man
Patrick O'Neal
as Stuff Executive
Heidi Miller
as Girl in Franchise
Tammy Grimes
as Herself
Adrianne Sachs
as Studio Aide
Bobbi Burns
as Secretary
Laurene Landon
as Guest Star in "Stuff...
Jery Hewitt
as State Trooper
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News & Interviews for The Stuff

Critic Reviews for The Stuff

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

The Stuff Quotes

Col. Spears: Pay the drivers, issue a ten-percent tip, get a cash receipt.
State Trooper: Yes, sir!
Col. Spears: Proceed to the main lobby, we will reassemble! HUP!
– Submitted by Creep F (4 years ago)
Col. Spears: I will permit this colored man to speak. But speak one word of the Commie party, or one word in code, and I will blow his head off.
– Submitted by Creep F (4 years ago)
Chocolate Chip Charlie: Don't you know who I am? I am Chocolate-Chip Charlie! My hands are registered with the mid-New Jersey police as lethal weapons, and I eat them guns for breakfast!
– Submitted by Creep F (4 years ago)
David "Moe" Rutherford: There nobody here but you?
Gas Station Attendant: Well, don't you wanna wash your hands or something? I put in a new towel!
– Submitted by Creep F (4 years ago)

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