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

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C.H.U.D. (1984)

Douglas Cheek’s grotty 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 own 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.

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.

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

Title: C.H.U.D.
Year: 1984
Starring: Frankie Faison, John Heard, Sam McMurray, Ray Baker, Bill Raymond, Daniel Stern, Peter Michael Goetz, Vic Polizos, Gene O'Neill, Justin Hall, Christopher Curry, Graham Beckel, George Martin, John Bedford Lloyd, Henry Yuk, Eddie Jones, J.C. Quinn, Patricia Richardson, Beverly Bentley, Rocco Siclari, Shana Lee Farrell, Kim Greist, John Ramsey, Laure Mattos, Brenda Currin, Michael O'Hare, Cordis Heard, Robert Toupin, Frank Adu, Ruth Maleczech
Runtime: 88 minutes
Director: Douglas Cheek
Reviewer:
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 3.1/5 stars from 27 users. Reviews: 27.
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi



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