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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:

Ugly. Slobbering. Ferocious. Carnivorous. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

This film's two main actors, John Heard and Daniel Stern, would later go on to play roles in Home Alone (1990) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992). Unlike in "C.H.U.D.", they did not share any scenes in the Home Alone films. 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

Captain Bosch: Are you kidding? Your guy's got a camera. Mine's got a flamethrower.
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Alternate Versions

Home video releases contain an "Integral Cut" (96 minutes run time) previously only seen on network TV but without the removal of gore. Additional scenes include:
  • Lauren talking to her neighbor on the steps inside the apartment building with the woman's son Justin.
  • Lauren talking to her boyfriend (John Heard) about her being pregnant and later showing them in bed together.
  • Captain Bosch discovering his wife's dead body with another policeman in knee-deep water near a sewer runoff pipe.
  • Additional moments in the scene of the diner massacre with two bums running from the creatures, which is aired at the end of the movie in the video version not in the network version.
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

C.H.U.D. See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,762,922, 3 September 1984

Gross USA:

$4,654,423

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,654,423
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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