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C.H.U.D. -- Beneath the streets of New York city, there are hundreds of miles of subterranean tunnels unfit for anything human, unauthorized for anything experimental and unlikely to come to the surface...until now.  Something horrible is loose in the sewers of Manhattan, and the city's homeless population has begun to mutate into 'Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers.'
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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 »
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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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Color (TVC)
Aspect Ratio:
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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)

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Trivia:
In 2011, as an April Fool's Day joke, the Criterion Collection, the USA's most prestigious distributor of home video, announced that it was releasing a special-edition DVD and Blu-ray Disc of the film with spine number 573. It was later assigned to The Music Room (1958).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:
[the police are returning Mrs. Monroe's bags after interrogation]
Mrs. Monroe:How do I know you didn't take anything?
Officer Crespi:How do I know you didn't give us anything?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Clerks II (2006)See more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Crud, 26 May 2005
Author: Bill Slocum (bill.slocum@gmail.com) from Greenwich, CT United States

One of the opening images in "C.H.U.D" is a full-on shot of a truck banner reading "Slow Moving Vehicle." That's the most valid image in the whole movie.

Under Manhattan, mysterious creatures terrorize the homeless who live in the sewers, and begin striking those who walk the streets as well. When one disappearance involves a precinct captain's wife, the captain starts investigating the situation by asking around a neighborhood soup kitchen.

The captain, Bosch, is played by Christopher Curry, a here-and-gone Martin Mull lookalike whose casual handling of his wife's disappearance would come off as absurd if we hadn't previously gotten a load of what she looks like. While Curry is the main actor, two better-known names have key supporting roles, Daniel Stern as the grimy soup kitchen director (only the destitute would accept a meal from him) and John Heard as a photographer.

Heard's character has little to do with the story, and the way he's brought in is lazy and forced. He has some photos of streetpeople, and one homeless woman calls him for bail. He takes a photo of a gored leg that shows something sinister is going on, though all I saw was bad make-up. Through most of the film, we see him blow off deadlines and interact unaffectionately with his live-in girlfriend, played by Kim Griest. Heard here is smug and charmless, yet we are supposed to be impressed by him because he's played by the great John Heard.

The torpor and aimlessness of "C.H.U.D." amaze me. Sewer creatures rising up in the big city is not a bad concept, but not only does the film fail to do anything with it, we get a lot of inert moments where people trade cliché-ridden dialogue like: "Keep a lid on it." "Nothing, huh? Sounds interesting." "Watch your step, Bosch, remember you don't belong here." "I don't believe you! What are you trying to hide?"

There's a stonewalling government official played by George Martin who bulges his eyes and sneers at every question and gives us an obvious central villain since the budget is too cheap to show us much of the monsters. The creatures are meant to horrify but merely look like inept Halloween window displays, while the unbearable synthesized score sounds like a seven-year-old toying with a department-store display organ. Then you get goofy sequences like the one where Griest is in a shower, gets drenched in blood, and is next seen dry and unfazed. Must have set the showers controls on "Bobby Ewing."

The whole movie is like that, jumping from effect to effect, hitting us with little shock moments here and there, not tying anything in. This is not scary, just annoying.

It's true I didn't see the director's cut, which is a bit longer and shows one C.H.U.D. attack in the middle rather than at the end of the film, where it makes less sense. But whatever the editing, the product on screen is deadly dull, and surprisingly unfunny given its enduring cult reputation. "C.H.U.D" gets mentioned as an askew satire, but just isn't in the same class as "Tremors" or "Return of the Living Dead," let alone an Evil Dead film. To recite another cliché: You have been warned.

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