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THE STUFF - 3 Slimes
Rated R
Copyright 1985 New World Pictures
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • David Rutherford - Michael Moriarty! Industrial spy that isn't as dumb as he looks, sounds, or acts.
  • Nicole Kendall - Ad campaign executive who cares more about people than the money (first departure from reality).
  • Jason - Darn kid, you know, the one that can't get killed.
  • Chocolate Chip Charlie - The Chocolate Chip Cookie King, loses his company in a hostile takeover. Martial arts master too!
  • Colonel Spears - Leader of a militant group, mankind's last hope to stop "The Stuff" from taking over.
  • The Stuff - If the Nazis had made yogurt...

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The Plot: 

Man eating dessert whip and militant groups! A new taste sensation is sweeping the nation, it's "The Stuff!" I liked the beginning of this movie, some old guy finds nasty white stuff bubbling out of the ground - SO HE TASTES IT! Mmmmm, that's good, we should sell this to people. Then you have the "greedy old men" of the ice cream industry hiring an investigator, who appears to be a complete moron, to learn the inside scoop about the new treat. "The Stuff" makes you hungry for more and soon takes over your body, leaving only a empty shell filled with ambulatory cream. To top all this off (not with a cherry you rube) it is a militant group which ultimately saves humanity by defeating the "whipped" zombies! Extremely fun film for your bad movie sweet tooth.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Kids who are unruly should be sent to bed with a pint of dessert.
  • Reddish-brown cowboy boots do not go with gray suits.
  • Dogs love whipped cream but it pisses them off.
  • There are a darn lot of cars from PA in New York City and NJ.
  • Non-dairy creamers are bad, real bad. (glazed expression) Support your local dairy farmer... ...he is your friend... ...cows good...
  • It is possible to slap someone unconscious.
  • Militant groups travel by taxi.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 2 mins - Okay, so the old guy finds this stuff bubbling out of the ground, in the middle of a mining facility, and starts eating it? How did he get that old being so stupid? Damn you Darwin, it's all been a lie!
  • 17 mins - The stuff is kept frozen, refrigerated, and at room temp.
  • 48 mins - Jason is hiding atop the bare metal tanker in his red shirt.
  • 54 mins - David had to hotwire the truck but now he's starting it with a key?
  • 59 mins - Jason really isn't inside that tank is he? I know this was made years ago but those effects suck!
  • 74 mins - A huge army of machinegun-carrying extremists invades town and no cops or National Guard?

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note thestuff1.wav Jason's Mom: "Low in calories, good tasting, and it doesn't even spot...and he doesn't like it."
Green Music Note thestuff2.wav David: "Everybody has to eat shaving cream once in a while."
Green Music Note thestuff3.wav David: "That stuff comes right out of the center of the Earth, and straight into our supermarkets."
Green Music Note thestuff4.wav Colonel Spears: "Pay the drivers, issue a ten percent tip, get a cash receipt."
Militants: "Yes sir!"
Colonel Spears: "Proceed to the main lobby, we will reassemble, HUP!"

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Dessert eating a person!

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The Stuff
Reply #25. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Keith
I like the fact that the main character is blatently hammered in some of the scenes.  UHHhhh gonna bypass it.... uhhhh ITS TOO SMALL (as he sweats profusely).

This happens during the get away towarsd the end of the movie
Re: The Stuff
Reply #26. Posted on January 24, 2007, 03:50:52 AM by Joe the Destroyer
This flick is fun, but good god is it painful in some ways.  After being practically lobotomized with the 80's commercials styles, I yearned to implement self lashings and soak in ice water for a while.  Yeah, that'll cause shrinkage.
Re: The Stuff
Reply #27. Posted on August 26, 2008, 05:08:12 PM by InformationGeek
Hmm... something is bubbling out of the ground in the mine so the logical thing this guy does is taste it?  Well, it makes as much sense to me as having Goblins in a movie called Troll 2 instead of trolls.  In other words, that is just stupid!
Re: The Stuff
Reply #28. Posted on September 02, 2008, 11:15:06 PM by Valentine Kutter
 One of the many Must See's of the 80's. I actually require people to watch this one if they really want to understand what it is about Bad Movies so addictive. Usually everyone walks away with a new appreciation of the genre and some just walk away and wont return my calls.
 This is also one of those that took me forever to find a video copy of and then.... finally...comes out on DVD like 2 weeks after I finally search all over creation to find the VHS. dammit.

 A Must See VK Thumbup
Re: The Stuff
Reply #29. Posted on January 30, 2009, 03:41:30 PM by derek simmons
 :bouncegiggle:this movie was picked out of a random buy,me and my brothers always play the ebert thing.
anyway,the cover grabbed our attention and bam!, we actually got an interesting charge out of this movie,
anyone curious about this film should check it out, dont listen to critics, let your eyes and ears be the judge
and if you like spoofs like me, you will enjoy this crazy movie as well as we did, like someone said earlier, its so bad, its good!!!!
Re: The Stuff
Reply #30. Posted on May 09, 2009, 04:31:19 PM by InformationGeek
I just realied it after so long!  The Stuff is made of the leftovers of the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters!  It makes complete sense now!
Re: The Stuff
Reply #31. Posted on April 19, 2010, 02:08:33 PM by Kooshmeister
Recently watched this on YouTube and liked it enough that I got the Anchor Bay DVD. I love the premise. It's so utterly ridiculous and insane, and the cover art is pretty creepy. And very much like a typical bad movie, promising far more than the movie can deliver. My one gripe with it, really, is the bizarre editing, which often results in plot holes.

-What, exactly, happened that caused Vickers' dog Ben to attack him? He shouts, "I'll buy more!" before apparently dying, but why was he on the floor attempting to use the phone while in apparent pain? There's more of the scene featured in the trailer and it looks as if Vickers was having the same reaction to the Stuff inside him that Charlie does later, but if he ate the Stuff shouldn't he be a mindless Stuffie like the others? And what did he mean by "I've got a treat for both of us?"

-Why did the Stuff leave the post office clerk's body? The Stuff's behavior is pretty inconsistent throughout, actually.

-The Stuffies try and run Mo down in the streets but then Fletcher gives him money and a job. And then they try and kill him again later. How much control does Fletcher even have over the Stuffies? He clearly wants Mo working for him, but the Stuff and the Stuffies clearly want him dead. Unless he just didn't want to kill Mo at his office for some reason.

-Why flood the plane with Stuff? Jason's parents didn't know who Mo was, or who was even driving the car that picked Jason up, so none of the Stuffies should know Jason was even aboard. Don't tell me they went through all of that trouble just to (apparently) kill the pilot!

-When and how did Charlie get the Stuff in him? I assume it was while he was at the diner Mo left him at, since they had the scene of the waitress going into the freezer which was filled with Stuff, but they could've been clearer.

-Some examples of the weird editing: we see Nicole and Jason fleeing through a room full of empty bins being chased by the Stuff, and they come to a door which they have some difficulty opening. In the very next cut, they're out in a hallway suddenly with the Stuff chasing them. Then, in the next cut after THAT, they're outside and the Stuff is pouring out after them. Charlie's death is equally badly edited: we see him transforming, then cut to Jason walking down the hall outside the room; cut to inside as Charlie starts puking up Stuff and suddenly Jason is there looking down at Charlie's exploded-apart head lying on the floor. We never see Charlie's head actually blow up!

Despite all these problems it's still a great movie.
Re: The Stuff
Reply #32. Posted on October 11, 2011, 03:01:19 PM by TheDoomMachine

Aaah yes, The Stuff. I stayed up late one night at my mum's to watch this on cable TV. I could tell even back then that this was all a bit silly, but then as now I had a real horror of things getting into the body and messing with your biology and mind, so the stuff with the zombies, folks puking up ambulatory glop, all that stuck with me. I'd like to see it again because I seem to remember there being a "Kicker ending" but I'm not quite sure what it was...
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