Could the Stuff be plausible?
Okay, don't lock me into the loony bin straight away, just hear me out.
I recently saw the movie and thought it was fairly decent in certain aspects. (I just wish there were more scares/goriness in the film) But I was thinking that maybe the Stuff might be a somewhat feasible life-form. I mean, wouldn't it be awfully convenient for a parasite that requires the host to ingest it to be tasty? I know this doesn't usually happen in the world of parasites - the one I'm thinking of is the parasitic worm, where the host ingests its eggs and the creature itself reaches maturity in the host's intestines. There's also ones that live in the flesh of an animal and is consumed when the meat isn't properly cooked.
The Stuff doesn't necessarily fit this, though. It seems like a unicellular creature that lives in colonies, since it can be divided up and still survive. I've seen some people liken The Stuff to The Thing, which I can most definitely understand.
So what I'm wondering is: would it theoretically be possible for an organism similar to The Stuff to exist? This would most likely be a unicellular organism that lives in large colonies and works with others of its species. It might secrete some kind of compound that animals find extremely tasty. Upon being ingested by the animal, the organism finds some way out of the digestive tract to affect the brain and make the animal addicted to either the substance or the organism itself. Then, as the organism multiplies within the animal (either by reproduction or the animal ingesting so much of it), it slowly consumes the animal from the inside.
Now, I can think of about three things that might make this not work out:
1) The organism would have to find itself a way to survive the low pH levels within the stomach.
2) The organism would have to find a way to keep the host alive at least for a short duration of time before the host loses so much body mass, organs, etc. that it can't stay alive. I don't think the Stuffies would necessarily be possible in this case. In the movie, if you banged a Stuffie on the head or something, it would cave in and the Stuff would come out instead of blood. I think a person would have died long ago in real life.
3) The organism would have to find a way to escape the digestive system. Most parasites that enter through your digestive system stay there.
So there you have it; all my little speculations. I'd love to know what you think, and what your opinions/theories are.
One more thing, so that I don't have to start another thread: did anybody think that the scene where they force those two guys to eat the Stuff insanely spooky? For me, I think that was probably the scariest scene. The guys at first were so reluctant to eat it, and by the end they were devouring the last drops, probably fully knowing what would happen to them but unable to help themselves. Rutherford and the kid too! I mean, I can wish some nasty things on people but this is beyond the pale to me. It's comparable to forcing someone to use meth. You know full well that they'll get addicted and kill themselves with it; all you have to do is watch.
If it had been me to choose the Stuff or a bullet, it would most definitely be the bullet.