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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.

Director:

Douglas Cheek

Writers:

Parnell Hall (screenplay), Shepard Abbott (story)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Heard ... George Cooper
Daniel Stern ... A.J. 'The Reverend' Shepherd
Christopher Curry ... Captain Bosch
Kim Greist ... Lauren Daniels
Laure Mattos Laure Mattos ... Flora Bosch
Brenda Currin ... Francine the Landlady
Justin Hall 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 Frank Adu ... Interrogation Cop
Ruth Maleczech ... Mrs. Monroe
J.C. Quinn ... Murphy
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$4,654,423
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The original concept art of the C.H.U.D.s (featured in the still gallery of the Anchor Bay DVD release) shows that their faces looked more animal like in appearance. See more »

Goofs

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

Val: Gog... and Magog.
Captain Bosch: Yeah... well... uh, Val, I understand you used to live underground. What made you change your mind?
Val: On each side of the throne there are four living creatures filled with eyes in front *and* behind.
Captain Bosch: Creatures? Talking about your friends? They still down there?
Val: I know your work. You go by the name of being alive and you are dead.
Captain Bosch: Now listen, pal...
[Val whips out a big knife and Bosch jumps back, startled]
Val: They have the power to shut the sky.
[quivering]
Val: They have the power to ...
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Alternate Versions

The Anchor Bay release is the complete, uncut version. It runs 96 minutes and contains all the above-mentioned television scenes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in 31 Horror Movies in 31 Days: C.H.U.D. (1984) (2017) See more »

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Brother Can You Spare a Dime
17 April 2001 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

C.H.U.D. is one of those movies that should be bad because its about subterrainian ground-dwellers that are cannibalistic living in a poor area of New York City. There are no big stars in the film, yet John Heard and Daniel Stern are not nobodies either. The budget for the film was obviously limited, yet, despite these possible criticisms, I was pleasantly surprised after seeing this film. This is a wonderful film filled with tension, good acting, a thoughtful script, witty dialogue, and some creatures that certainly looked pretty scary to me. The basic premise of the film is that homeless folks that live underground have come in contact with radioactive materials which transform them into horrible-looking mutants that go on a rampage and kill men and women for dinner. The creatures look quite impressive. This film also throws some social commentary into the mix as well concerning the ever burgeoning homeless problem as well as the storage of harmful wastes. The acting all around was pretty good with Christopher Curry standing out as a policeman and George Martin as a city official seemingly in charge. Good Stuff Here!


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