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C.H.U.D. (1984)

A bizarre series of sudden disappearances on the streets of New York City seems to point toward something unsavory living in the sewers.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laure Mattos ...
Flora Bosch
Francine the Landlady
Justin Hall ...
Frank Adu ...
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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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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)  »


Box Office


$1,250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,762,922, 3 September 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

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 Lauren is in the shower, a blue strapless top is visible. (Open Matte Framed Version Only) See more »


A.J. 'The Reverend' Shepherd: What are you trying to hide?... You saw it. You saw the monster!
Wilson: Is that what you're going to tell the papers? That you're afraid of monsters?
A.J. 'The Reverend' Shepherd: That's exactly what I'm gonna tell them if you don't fill me in.
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Referenced in Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (2013) See more »

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The best B horror movie of the 1984!
13 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

This movie is a perfect blend of bad writing and a cheesy plot. Somehow, the acting was decent and they managed to scrounge up Daniel Stern and John Heard (both of which who were in respectable movies before this). There was also a cameo role from John Goodman. It was a great movie. It is like a bad dream come true, and you can't really admit to liking this, but admit it, you do! You cannot go wrong with people living in the subway and monsters eating people left and right because of a toxic sewage problem under New York.

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