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C.H.U.D. (1984)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  31 August 1984 (USA)
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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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Laure Mattos ...
Flora Bosch
Brenda Currin ...
Francine the Landlady
Justin Hall ...
Justin
Michael O'Hare ...
Fuller
Cordis Heard ...
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Officer Crespi
Frank Adu ...
Interrogation Cop
Ruth Maleczech ...
Mrs. Monroe
J.C. Quinn ...
Murphy
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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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new york city | city | bum | street | mutant | See more »

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A recent article in a New York newspaper reported that there were large colonies of people living under the city... The paper was incorrect. What is living under the city is not human. C.H.U.D. is under the city. See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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31 August 1984 (USA)  »

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

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Laure Mattos, the movie's first on-screen victim, is the real-life wife of co-star Daniel Stern. See more »

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A.J. 'The Reverend' Shepherd: N-R-C. You know what this is? This thing detects accumulated radiation. They wear these things in nuclear power plants.
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A.J. 'The Reverend' Shepherd: I used to be a nuclear physicist...
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A.J. 'The Reverend' Shepherd: I saw it on TV.
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B-listers battle homeless monsters for food stamps...
27 February 2006 | by (Hellfudge, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

"C.H.U.D." is one of those semi-name oddities that always stood out on video store shelves when I was a youth (lamenting the 'parental lock' on all horror movies I so badly wanted to rent), what with the darkened figures congregating around a manhole, eyes glowing white. Years later, I have finally gotten a chance to see the film, and my response is pretty mixed: it lies somewhere between the Land of Campy and the Dominion of Creepy, with some elements of the Retro Rest Area thrown in for good measure. "C.H.U.D." takes a formula familiar to anybody who's seen a '50s 'Big Bug' flick: Evil Guys In Suits are dumping toxic waste where it doesn't belong (in this case, the sewers below Manhattan), thus inspiring some unexpected and unpleasant side effects in the homeless people living under the city--they transform into C.H.U.D.s (Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers), reptilian-looking monsters with a taste for human flesh. While the premise is extremely cheesy, director Douglas Cheek teeters the line between camp and horror rather well--not all-out serious nor a straight romp, it strikes a fair balance (the creepily minimalist, synth-driven score helps, too). The cast of semi-name actors (John Heard, Kim Greist, and a wonderfully wiggy Daniel Stern) treat the material at face value, but never wink at the camera, thus engendering a bizarre charm to the events that transpire. Unfortunately, even for a film that plays as fast and loose as "C.H.U.D." does, it leaves a few too many unresolved plot points for my liking. But if you want something a fair distance from the mainstream radar, greased with the grimy spirit of the 1980s, look no further than "C.H.U.D."


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