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Director:
Writers:
Parnell Hall (screenplay)
Shepard Abbott (story)
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Release Date:
31 August 1984 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Ugly. Slobbering. Ferocious. Carnivorous. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Good movie, GREAT commentary track. See more (83 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Heard ... George Cooper

Daniel Stern ... A.J. 'The Reverend' Shepherd

Christopher Curry ... Captain Bosch

Kim Greist ... Lauren Daniels
Laure Mattos ... Flora Bosch
Brenda Currin ... Francine the Landlady
Justin Hall ... Justin
Michael O'Hare ... Fuller
Cordis Heard ... Officer Sanderson

Vic Polizos ... Hays

Eddie Jones ... Chief O'Brien

Sam McMurray ... Officer Crespi
Frank Adu ... Interrogation Cop
Ruth Maleczech ... Mrs. Monroe
J.C. Quinn ... Murphy

Patricia Richardson ... Ad Woman

Ray Baker ... Ad Man (as Raymond Baker)
Beverly Bentley ... Doris

Graham Beckel ... Val
Gene O'Neill ... Jackson
Rocco Siclari ... Hugo

Bill Raymond ... Victor (as William Joseph Raymond)

Peter Michael Goetz ... Gramps
Shana Lee Farrell ... Cindy
John Ramsey ... Commissioner
George Martin ... Wilson

John Bedford Lloyd ... Shadow Man (as John Bedford-Lloyd)
Henry Yuk ... Coroner
Robert Toupin ... Benson

Frankie Faison ... Sgt. Parker (as Frankie R. Faison)

Ivar Brogger ... Gooney NRC Man
Parnell Hall ... Judson

John Goodman ... Cop in Diner

Jay Thomas ... Cop in Diner
Hallie Foote ... Waitress

Jon Polito ... Newscaster
Mark Mikulski ... Cop at Wrecked Diner
Lou Leccese ... CHUD
Sanford Clark ... CHUD
James Dudley ... CHUD
Carey Eidel ... CHUD
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dan Campbell ... Frightened Spectator (uncredited)
Kelly Nichols ... Frightened Specator (uncredited)
Jan Saint ... Bum in the Street (uncredited)

Directed by
Douglas Cheek 
 
Writing credits
Parnell Hall (screenplay)

Shepard Abbott (story)

Christopher Curry  uncredited
Daniel Stern  uncredited

Produced by
Larry Abrams .... executive producer
Andrew Bonime .... producer
Thomas H. Field .... associate producer: Bonime Associates
Alfonso Tafoya .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
David A. Hughes  (as Cooper Hughes)
 
Cinematography by
Peter Stein (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Claire Simpson 
 
Casting by
Bonnie Timmermann 
 
Production Design by
William Bilowit 
 
Art Direction by
Jorge Luis Toro 
 
Costume Design by
Jennifer Lax 
 
Makeup Department
John Caglione Jr. .... special makeup creator: CHUD
Joe Cuervo .... special makeup crew: CHUD
Doug Drexler .... special makeup crew: CHUD
George Engel .... special makeup crew: CHUD
Ed French .... additional special makeup effects artist
Susan Giammusso .... hair stylist
Susan Giammusso .... makeup artist
Kevin Haney .... makeup animatronics
David E. Smith .... special makeup crew: CHUD (as David Smith)
Michael Maddi .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Robert Bordiga .... in charge of production
Jack Briggs .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lewis Gould .... first assistant director
Barbara M. Ravis .... dga trainee (as Barbara Ravis)
Stephen Wertimer .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Leslie Binswanger .... art assistant
William Depaolo .... special prop construction (as William De Paolo)
Dan Duffy .... carpenter
Darryl Ferrucci .... electronic props
Ed Fountain .... construction coordinator
Robert J. Franco .... inside props (as Robert Franco)
John Gohorel .... carpenter
Bruce Lee Gross .... outside props assistant
Teri Kane .... outside props assistant
Shauna Kellin .... scenic painter
John MacLeod .... storyboard artist (as John Mac Leod)
Timothy Main .... carpenter
Sonja Roth .... assistant art director
Barbara J. Taylor .... chief scenic artist (as Barbara Taylor)
Bonnie Taylor .... second inside props
James Wheeler .... art assistant
Kay DiMarco .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jack Higgins .... sound re-recording mixer
Harry Lapham .... additional sound effects
Harry Lapham .... location recordist
Brenda Ray .... boom operator
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (uncredited)
Hal Levinsohn .... sound editor (uncredited)
Lynn Sable .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Steven Kirshoff .... pyrotechnic effects (as Steve Kirshoff)
Matt Vogel .... flamethrower effects (as Matthew Vogel)
 
Stunts
Gene Hartline .... stunt double
Jery Hewitt .... stunt double (as Jerry Hewitt)
Harry Madsen .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Anderson .... second electric
Donald H. Apruzzese .... second assistant camera
Stephen Barrow .... gaffer (as Steve Barrow)
John Berry .... third electric
David M. Dunlap .... first assistant camera (as David Dunlap)
Ian Hartman .... grip assistant
Gary Hildebrand .... fourth electric
John Inwood .... electrics assistant
Tony C. Jannelli .... camera operator (as Tony Jannelli)
Steven Seymour .... video consultant
Andre Sobczak .... third grip
Cecilia Vettraino .... still photographer
Paul Wachter .... best boy grip
Tony Whitman .... dolly grip
Tony Whitman .... key grip
 
Casting Department
Dennis Lee .... extras casting
Nancy Winters .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Taylor Kincaid Cheek .... wardrobe (as Taylor Cheek)
Kathleen McCoy .... wardrobe assistant (as Kathleen Mc Coy)
Susan Money .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Lawrence Mischel .... negative matching
Dennis M. O'Connor .... associate editor (as Dennis O'Connor)
Judy Silberstein .... first assistant editor
Tara Timpone .... second assistant editor
Jim Finn .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Barry Zetlin .... additional film editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Geoff Higgins .... music recording engineer
David A. Hughes .... musician (as Cooper Hughes)
 
Transportation Department
Walter Charleston .... transportation captain
James Fanning .... driver
James Keegan .... generator driver
Howard McMaster .... transportation coordinator (as Howard Mc Master)
 
Other crew
Peter Bernard .... production assistant
Phillip Betz .... caterer (as Phil Betz)
Janice Bloch .... assistant to producer
Susan Booker .... caterer
Tim Boxell .... design concepts: CHUD
Chris Brigham .... location coordinator
Matthew Carlisle .... special production assistant (as Matt Carlisle)
Ziona Feldan .... bookkeeper
Milton Forrest .... production assistant
Dawn Freer .... script supervisor
Susan Hall .... production assistant
Jane Harris .... assistant to director
Kathie Hersch .... production office coordinator
Milton Kahn .... publicist
Linda Kirland .... research
Moira Kirland .... research
Ken Kopro .... location scout
Ted Kurdyla .... location manager
Tony LaMarca .... consultant (as Tony La Marca)
David Larkin .... studio manager
Denise Latella .... production assistant
Jonathan Levy .... production assistant
Joseph M. Litto Jr. .... location coordinator
Karin Litzman .... production assistant (as Karin Litzmann)
Charles M. Lum .... location production assistant (as Charles Lum)
Carla Neary .... production assistant
Howard Rosenberg .... location production assistant
James Selzano .... photo consultant
David Stern .... production assistant
Rhonda Super .... liaison: Bonime Associates (as Rhonda Ann Super)
Steven Tamarin .... physician
Alexander Weill .... production accountant (as Alexander L. Weill)
Barry Yee .... fashion photographs
Gary M. Zuckerbrod .... assistant: casting director (as Gary Zuckerbrod)
Susan Zwerman .... location manager
Brian McMillan .... head animal trainer (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
88 min | USA:96 min (director's cut)
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Language:
Color:
Color (TVC)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M (DVD rating) | Australia:R (original rating) | France:-12 | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:T (VHS rating) | Spain:13 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:16 (cut version)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
This film features a total of 3 actors who would later go on to play roles in the Home Alone series.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Quotes:
A.J. 'The Reverend' Shepherd:[Shepherd is growing tired of Bosch's evasive answers] It doesnt wash, Bosch.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #26.162" (2010)See more »

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26 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Good movie, GREAT commentary track., 10 September 2004
Author: RetroRoger from United States

Best exchange of the movie, between Daniel Stern's 'Reverend' character, and John Heard's 'Cooper', after Stern has just rescued Heard from a homeless couple who were transforming into cannibals:

Stern: "You Cooper?"

Heard: "Yeah ... who are you?"

Stern: "I run the soup kitchen ..."

Heard: "On Kenman?"

Stern: "Right ..."

Heard: "THANK GOD THEY DELIVER!"

You have to see it to appreciate it. The fact that this dialogue was ad-libbed says a lot about the gonzo film-making that produced C.H.U.D.

Story writer Shep Abbott came up with the word, "CHUD" during a party with actors Stern and Heard. The trio then brainstormed a movie idea around the word, Abbott wrote up an extreeemely rough draft (he'd never written a screenplay before), and it ended up on the slush pile of producer Andrew Bonime.

Bonime tried to get Abbott to polish the script, but was never satisfied with the rewrites (partially due to Abbott's inexperience), and took the screenplay away from Abbott, giving it to writer Parnell Hall.

Bonime had picked up the project partially because Abbott could get Daniel Stern and John Heard to star. (Heard and Stern have worked together in a number of movies over the years, including 'Home Alone I & II' and 'The Milagro Beanfield War'.)

The two actors agreed to work for scale plus a percentage of the profits, but insisted that Christoper Curry be hired to play the part of Police Detective Bosch, and that Douglas Cheek be hired as director. This didn't sit well with Bonime, but he agreed and the movie was produced.

Stern and Heard were not happy with what had been done to their friend's original script, and did their own page re-writes and ad-libs, which director Cheek left in the final cut. Bonime insisted that a shower scene with actress Kim Griest be written in, which Stern, Heard, and Cheek still complain about, 17 years later, on the DVD's audio commentary.

However, the unedited version of the shower scene (with Griest's body double) appears as an easter egg on the DVD. (From the main menu, click on Extras. At the top of the Extras menu is 'Trailer'. Click the Up button on your remote, and the eyes of the C.H.U.D. in the background will be highlighted. Click Enter, and the 'Unabridged Scene' will play.)

Despite, or perhaps because of, the civil war on the set, C.H.U.D. is a pretty decent horror relic from the 80's. Watch the movie first, then listen to Stern, Heard, Curry, Cheek, and Abbott do a hilarious commentary track. Stern boos and hisses when Parnell Hall's name comes on the screen. You'll find out that most of the cast are wives, sisters, or good friends with Stern and Heard. You'll learn how they wanted the monsters to look, and much more. And they really have fond, funny memories of the film, despite all the turmoil.

As a counterpoint to their comments, producer Andrew Bonime set up a website, telling his own side of the story.

Don't miss sitcom stars John Goodman and Jay Thomas in bit parts as extremely unlucky cops, during the movie's last half hour. This scene was placed at the end of the movie during its theatrical release, but has been moved to its correct sequence for the DVD.

I rate the movie, 'C.H.U.D.' a 6; with the commentary track running, it's easily an 8 or 9. Best cut-ups since the MST3K 'bots.

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