C.H.U.D. (1984)

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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laure Mattos ...
Flora Bosch
Brenda Currin ...
Francine the Landlady
Justin Hall ...
Michael O'Hare ...
Cordis Heard ...
Officer Sanderson
Chief O'Brien
Officer Crespi
Frank Adu ...
Interrogation Cop
Ruth Maleczech ...
Mrs. Monroe
J.C. Quinn ...


A rash of bizarre murders in New York City seems to point to a group of grotesquely deformed vagrants living in the sewers. A courageous policeman, a photo journalist and his girlfriend, and a nutty bum, who seems to know a lot about the creatures, band together to try and determine what the creatures are and how to stop them. Written by Philip Brubaker <coda@nando.net>

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Release Date:

31 August 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

C.H.U.D. (Caníbales Humanoides Ululantes Demoníacos)  »

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$1,250,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


"C.H.U.D." is an acronym for "Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dweller", but it also means "Contamination Hazard Urban Disposal", as one can (barely) read on the crates full of toxic materials. See more »


When A.J. 'The Reverend' Shepherd is locked in the sewer by that mysterious stranger, a crew member can be seen in his glasses. See more »


Val: Gog... and Magog.
Captain Bosch: Yeah... well... uh, Val, I understand you used to live underground. What made you change your mind?
Val: On each side of the throne there are four living creatures filled with eyes in front *and* behind.
Captain Bosch: Creatures? Talking about your friends? They still down there?
Val: I know your work. You go by the name of being alive and you are dead.
Captain Bosch: Now listen, pal...
[Val whips out a big knife and Bosch jumps back, startled]
Val: They have the power to shut the sky.
Val: They have the power to ...
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Jaws Wired Shut (2002) See more »

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One of the best monster movies of the 80's...
29 May 2001 | by (South Jersey) – See all my reviews

I'm not one who goes for slasher flicks... I never understood the popularity of Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elm Street. But then, this isn't the typical 80's slasher flick... it's a fun and scary monster movie that actually draws emotion from its viewers that make you root for the heroes, despise the villains, and cheer when the CHUDs get the ***t kicked out of them.

Sure, it's got a low budget... but the story is good (probably with a grain of truth, too!) and the sewer sets look good. Daniel Stern is great as the cook/manager of a soup kitchen who is wondering where his assorted homeless buddies have dissapeared to. Christopher Curry is also very good as a police officer searching for his missing wife. The scenes with Curry and Stern are funny and it's neat to watch a friendship develop between them as they deal with the rampaging CHUDs.

Watch for John Goodman as a cop who gets slaughtered in a diner... this was one of his earliest screen roles. Stay away from CHUD 2 unless you REALLY like bad, campy horror. CHUD is freaking Shakespeare compared to CHUD 2.

In short: CHUD is a fun monster movie. Watch it by yourself or with friends... either way it's a good way to spend an hour and a half. Not overly gory like a bad slasher flick, not packed to the gills with nude women. Just a good cast and some funny, scary, and exciting cinema.

It's interesting to note that the original cut of the film that I saw on HBO differs from the regular TV version. The original mentions a slaughter in a diner where there's blood on all the walls but no bodies. At the end, a couple of bums see the CHUDs approaching "another" diner (the John Goodman cameo) and quickly scamper off. The last thing you see is a few CHUDs breaking into the diner to wreck havoc. The TV version has the diner slaughter in the proper timeline... you see it before, during, and after (when the cops find the bloody diner with no bodies). Strange that it would be edited that way, but so be it. 7 out of 10 - but not recommended for the uptight or "serious" moviegoer. If you can't appreciate Tremors, Lake Placid, or even Godzilla, then don't see this movie.

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