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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 <>

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Ugly. Slobbering. Ferocious. Carnivorous. See more »


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


When Lauren is in the shower, a blue strapless top is visible. See more »


[the police are returning Mrs. Monroe's bags after interrogation]
Mrs. Monroe: How do I know you didn't take anything?
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Poorly made but fun 80's trash!
24 November 2005 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

The coolest abbreviation in horror cinema stands for Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers (as well as something else) and refers to hideous monsters with fluorescent eyes that live in the sewers of Soho. Their existence is the result of years of dumping radioactive toxic waste down there and now these monsters are responsible for an incredible amount of missing-persons cases. Everyone in Soho is affected by the city council's cover-up. Soup kitchen owner A.J reports a lot of his homeless friends missing, independent photographer Cooper is begged for help by people who live underground and police captain Bosh has even lost his wife. For some incomprehensible reason, I always loved this trashy 80's film and can't possibly bring myself to spread negative comments on it, no matter how stupid the plot is or no matter how cheesy the make-up effects actually are. For what it's worth, "C.H.U.D" is a hugely entertaining monster film with a couple of atmospheric set pieces and several comical dialogues. Elements that increase the fun-level are a pointless, yet bloody shower sequence and a C.H.U.D who stretches his neck muscles seemly without a specific goal. This poverty row horror production is surprisingly blessed with a great cast! Daniel Stern, John Heard and Christopher Curry all prove they're gifted actors who never got the breakthrough they deserved. Good fun, highly recommended but – whatever you do – keep away from the retarded sequel.

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