Stuff

The Stuff

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Director: Larry Cohen

Cast: Larry Cohen, Michael Moriarty, Andrea Marcovicci, Paul Sorvino

     
 

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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

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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 magnate Chocolate Chip Charlie (Garrett Morris), Rutherford discovers that the substance is actually a sentient entity that takes over its victims' minds while eating away at their bodies from the inside. Meanwhile, young Jason (Scott Bloom) realizes that his family's strange behavior has something to do with the dessert product in their refrigerator that refuses to stay in its carton, and he launches a campaign to destroy the threatening confection. Soon Rutherford and Jason must team up with Nicole Kendall (Andrea Marcovicci), The Stuff's unwitting advertising mastermind, and Vietnam vet-turned-militia leader Colonel Spears (Paul Sorvino) to save America from its own sweet tooth. Sorvino and Moriarty would go on to co-star in NBC's hit police procedural, Law & Order. Icy-eyed As the World Turns hunk Brian Bloom appears alongside his brother, Scott Bloom. The Stuff's television connections also extend to cameos from Clara Peller, pitchwoman for the Wendy's "Where's the beef?" campaign, and Abe Vigoda of Barney Miller fame. Actresses Brooke Adams, Tammy Grimes, and Laurene Landon also appear in parodic commercials for the titular dessert.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
The best point of comparison for this low-budget spoof is John Carpenter's They Live, another 1980s horror flick that mixed wit and gore with anti-consumerist ideology. On the surface, The Stuff is just an exploitation flick -- a jumble of The Blob, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and Carpenter's remake of The Thing, full of amateurish special effects and hammy performances. But writer/director Larry Cohen actually has a lot on his mind, and it's to his credit that his jabs at everything from Leave It to Beaver-conformity and America's diet obsession to corporate iconography and advertising agency excess are presented so matter-of-factly that you can take 'em or leave 'em. The Stuff isn't exactly subtle, but its sly parody is so unobtrusive, yet pervasive, that viewers can soak it in while still enjoying the film as a no-frills action/adventure flick. The character actors, cult favorites and TV stars past and future who make up the cast, give The Stuff a sort of postmodern zip that only improves with age; even viewers who know nothing about the actors, however, will appreciate Michael Moriarty's tongue-in-cheek gumshoe, Paul Sorvino's over-the-top vet, and the cameo-laden TV-commercial pastiches that lighten the mood. By packing his script with irony and his cast with up-for-it performers, Cohen renders questions of taste and production values refreshingly moot.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/20/2011
UPC:
0014381731828
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
R
Source:
Image Entertainment
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:26:00
Sales rank:
18,348

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Cast & Crew

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

Technical Credits
Larry Cohen Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
David Allen Special Effects
Bret Culpepper Special Effects
Tim D'Arcy Costumes/Costume Designer
Dwight Dixon Score Composer
Jim Doyle Special Effects
Ed French Special Effects
Paul Glickman Cinematographer
Anthony Guefen Score Composer
Paul Kurta Producer
Armond Leibowitz Editor
Harvey Livingston Makeup
Larry Lurin Production Designer
Marleen Marta Art Director
Steve Neill Special Effects
Barry Shils Associate Producer
George Stoll Art Director
Rick Stratton Special Effects

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Stuff
1. Chapter 1 [:14]
2. Chapter 2 [3:57]
3. Chapter 3 [10:00]
4. Chapter 4 [6:01]
5. Chapter 5 [8:20]
6. Chapter 6 [5:45]
7. Chapter 7 [7:49]
8. Chapter 8 [9:54]
9. Chapter 9 [9:16]
10. Chapter 10 [9:15]
11. Chapter 11 [8:27]
12. Chapter 12 [5:32]

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The Stuff 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
MegHoff More than 1 year ago
After directing "God Told Me To" and "It Lives"...Larry Cohen unleashed a joke on consumerism with this tale of a commercial treat gone awry. Well made, campy horror - with a great 80's New York vibe. If you haven't seen it - get it. If you have - then, why am I writing?