The Stuff (1985)

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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.
Rating:
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre:
Comedy , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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New World Video

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Cast

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

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

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 13, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Até razoavelmente divertido em sua época, tornou-se (ainda) pior com o passar do tempo, sobrevivendo apenas como mais um dos inúmeros momentos embaraçosos da cinematografia norte-americana dos anos 80.

March 23, 2008
Cinema em Cena

Its execution never lives up to its scrumptious satiric premise.

Full Review… | February 12, 2006
Lessons of Darkness

Playful comic-horror is a fine diversion. Consumers, beware!

September 10, 2003
Premiere Magazine

Likably goofy Larry Cohen horror satire.

August 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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
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
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

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
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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