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Do You Remember…? The Stuff (1985)

The Stuff posterby Joel G. Robertson

Take a stroll down the Armchair Theater Video store’s center aisle. You know the one. It’s where you went when mom or dad or whoever lugged you to the strip mall on a Saturday afternoon turned their back.

These are the titles you wanted to see, but never did. Or maybe you did and forgot all about them.

Regardless, that center aisle is now memory lane, so travel back with us as we pluck a title from the shelf and ask, do you remember…?

Title: The Stuff


A satirical horror film from Larry Cohen (Q: The Winged Serpent, It’s Alive, God Told Me To) about a delicious new dessert that’s sweeping the nation, The Stuff, which also has the unfortunate side effect of turning whoever eats it into a zombie (of sorts).

After a white, sweet, sticky substance (?!?) is discovered in a mine it’s mass produced, packaged like ice cream and sold to the clamoring public as a calorie-free, treat called The Stuff. But when the ice cream industry begins to suffer as a result, David Rutherford (Moriarty) is hired by the industry and a junk food magnate Charles W. Hobbs (Morris) to uncover what The Stuff really is and destroy it.

It soon becomes apparent that The Stuff isn’t only addictive, but may in fact be a living parasite that infects all who eat it!

Film Stats:

Release Date: June 14, 1985  

Director: Larry Cohen

Screenplay: Larry Cohen  

Starring: Michael Moriarty, Garrett Morris, Paul Sorvino, and  Danny Aiello

Genre: Horror

Running Time: 93 minutes  

MPAA Rating: R

Where you can find it: Currently available on Netflix!

The Stuff Trailer