The Stuff (1985) - Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

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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.

IMDB: 5.9
Director: Larry Cohen
Stars: Michael Moriarty, Andrea Marcovicci
Length: 87 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 14 out of 110 found boring (12.72%)

One-line Reviews (47)

It's very entertaining and a bit of fun for all.

This satirical content and social commentary, combined with the patently silly premise and some impressive special visual and gore effects (considering the low budget) makes for a pretty enjoyable little flick, one that has achieved quite the cult following, although I reckon I would have liked it more if the characters had been just a little less irritating...

This movie also seems to be Cold War era anti-communist propaganda.

Extremely Cheesy and Extremely Entertaining .

With his light-headed and extremely entertaining scenario, Cohen simultaneously grabs the opportunity to criticize some typically American issues, like the Cold War, the consumer society and the dangerous influence of clever marketing boys.

In my opinion The Stuff was a boring film I didn't know it was a comedy and wouldn't have guessed either because it simply was not funny what so ever.

Cohen evidently has a limited budget to play with here, but as usual he makes economical choices with the movie's effects and instead heightens the importance of the dialogue, which is charmingly delivered by an engaged, compelling cast.

A few missing scenes and a script that's one more round of revisions away from being tight add up to make an entertaining, if lacking movie.


Moriarty is always a fascinating actor to watch, and Cohen keeps the movie interesting right up until the final frame.

There are some crude effects mixed with some stunning ones.

Absurdly entertaining.

Personally I found "The Stuff" to be rather long, boring and difficult to sit through.

So if you;ve got a boring night ahead of you and you need something to satiate your appetite for some cheese factor (or should I say cream), look no further than the Stuff!

It looks like you are going to watch a potentially gross, gory and more-than-likely bad horror movie with probably very little plot.

It's not a masterpiece, just a funny flick to watch on a very slow day.

I am no stranger to old horror films, but The Stuff is just absolutely absurd and boring in almost every capacity.

Having said that the film is still extremely enjoyable, and the script by Cohen is very good, with an interesting central premise, some sharp social satire, and remains entertaining even during it's slower moments.

Enjoyable Stuff indeed!!

also, there is a tiny snippet of gore where two of the protagonists burst open some goon's heads (pretty fake looking, but kind of entertaining).

But for a movie meant to entertain, I had to seek my entertainment elsewhere, as "The Stuff" just turned out to drag on for far too long and having no real appealing story to tell.

Generous use of practical FX and resulting gross-out moments help to make for a reasonably enjoyable movie that wraps up in a trim 87 minutes.

Larry Cohen's cult marketing satire takes elements from "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and results in an entertaining, paranoid horror-comedy typically blessed by Michael Moriarty's off-kilter energy as a leading man.

On the whole, The Stuff might not do much for those who don't like schlock horror; but if you ask me, it's a great fun ride and I highly recommend it!

Despite a few good one liners, Michael Morearty is a boring lead, backed up by an equally boring supporting cast.

Just tedious.

The FX are dated but are hilarious and there are some really unexpected little scenes that will have you laughing, like when Mo meets up with some company types and ends up knocking out one of them!

After this happens, Mo will then coerce paranoid, very intense, military man, Colonel Malcolm Grommett Spears(Paul Sorvino, hilarious as a leader so intense he could crush walnuts with his ass)into assisting him in crushing the "goo regime.

Vastly entertaining horror comedy about deadly yogurt.

It's a very silly but entertaining movie about a mysterious new desert ("The Stuff") which comes out of nowhere and takes America by storm.

Great, entertaining movie .

the stuff itself is animated with computers, i think, and is enjoyable to watch it slide around.

All in all a great little horror film that is consistently entertaining and certainly worth a watch.

An interesting, exciting and rather goofy horror/Sci-fi parody from Larry Cohen ("Q: The Winged Serpent", "It's Alive") that has an interesting satire on commercialism consuming people and parodies 50's Sci-fi flicks.

"The Stuff" is a hugely enjoyable 80's quickie that'll certainly appeal to the numerous fans of undemanding horror.

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).

Fascinating, priceless and utterly pointless .

Eventually, we get to Paul Sorvino as some sort of Donald Trump in a military suit, bent on stopping "commies", a man with his own private castle and militia, along with a radio network for spouting his propaganda.

" This move is actually Larry Cohen's most polished, least disjointed work.

;) This is why I love 80's movies so much and I highly recommend it for a Friday night with pizza.

A scary thought also blends into an entertaining movie.

very funny witty and exciting .

It's mostly a waste of time.

As a film, this film is entertaining on a cheap level, with a lot of jokes.

It's a sci-fi thriller, a romantic comedy, an action packed mission film and conspiracy investigation all in one.

From mass consumption issues & fast food franchise critiques over commercial propaganda & product sales to politics, racism, crime & drug-use (how's that for a change in a supposedly dumb & trashy flick?

However, the music and sound effects seemed very disjointed and out of place; usually conflicting with the events occurring in the movie.