C.H.U.D. (1984) Movie Review

C.H.U.D. (1984)

1984 | Horror, Sci-Fi
88 minutes /

User Score: 64/100


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C.H.U.D. Review

Synopsis:

A bizarre series of murders in New York City seems to point toward the existence of a race of mutant cannibals living under the streets.

Douglas Cheek’s urban horror fable C.H.U.D. deserves to be seen in its natural habitat--a Times Square grind-house theater--but horror enthusiasts will have to enjoy this widescreen version from the comforts of their homes. John Heard stars as a former fashion photographer now pursuing a "real" career in photojournalism. While working on a piece about the homeless, he discovers that toxic waste stashed in New York’s sewer system is turning tunnel squatters into the title acronym (Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers). Teaming up with frazzled soup kitchen capo (and fellow Home Alone alumnus) Daniel Stern, Heard uncovers a government conspiracy behind the mutations; horror fans will know exactly how the government handles its uncovered wrongdoings. While Gary Sherman’s Raw Meat (1973) remains the final word in homeless horror films, C.H.U.D. has a threadbare charm, thanks to Cheek’s poker-faced direction, the endearingly slap-dash effects (courtesy John Caglione Jr. and Ed French), and game performances by a surprisingly A-list cast, including appearances by John Goodman, Jay Thomas, Patricia Richardson, and Jon Polito.

Anchor Bay’s DVD is uncut and retains all of the cutting-room footage added by New World Pictures to beef up the butchered TV version; furthermore, it features a rollicking commentary by Cheek, Heard, Stern, cast mate Christopher Curry, and writer Shephard Abbott, which is worth the purchase price alone. Easter-egg hunters should click on the C.H.U.D.‘s glowing eyes in the main menu for a longer version of the grotesque shower scene.


About C.H.U.D. (1984)

Title: C.H.U.D.
Year: 1984
Runtime: 88 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Reviewer:
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 3.2/5 stars from 28 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 28
Starring: Frankie Faison, John Goodman, J.C. Quinn, Ivar Brogger, John Heard, Hallie Foote, Graham Beckel, Ray Baker, Sam McMurray, Jon Polito, Bill Raymond, Christopher Curry, Daniel Stern, Jan Saint, Peter Michael Goetz, Vic Polizos, Gene O'Neill, Justin Hall, John Bedford Lloyd, Henry Yuk, Michael O'Hare, Eddie Jones, Patricia Richardson, Parnell Hall, Mark Mikulski, Beverly Bentley, Lou Leccese, Sanford Clark, Rocco Siclari, James Dudley
Writers: Parnell Hall, Shepard Abbott, Christopher Curry, Daniel Stern
Director: Douglas Cheek

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