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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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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). C.H.U.D. did however receive a special edition Blu-ray release from Arrow Video in 2016. 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 2011 Image Entertainment DVD features the same 96 minute integral version as the Anchor Bay DVD. See more »

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The sewers just got a bit worse...
17 February 2011 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

"C.H.U.D." was the very first horror movie I ever saw and I dare say it is the reason why I am into horror movies the day today. I remember seeing "C.H.U.D." back in the mid-80's, when I was about 10 years old or so, on VHS at my friend's place. And I remember, still to the day today, the creepy fingers and the glowing eyes of the C.H.U.D.s. Yeah, this movie really stuck with me.

I had the fortunate luck to revisit "C.H.U.D." again, now 25 years later give or take, and it was a sweet trip down memory lane. First of all, because I was able to remember things from the movie from way back then, and to see how much impact this movie actually had in my future choice of movie genre and preferences.

The story told in "C.H.U.D." is easy to follow and have some good elements to it. There are strange disappearances and murders happening in New York and the police is without a clue. Then some locals take an interest in the events and venture underneath the city, where they stumble upon government secrets and mutation beings.

Now, looking back to when the movie was made, I would say that the creature effects were actually quite good. Of course, with todays standard they are primitive and out of date. But I remember them being seriously scary back in the mid-80's. Actually, my friend and me were somewhat scared of getting too close to manhole covers a couple of days after seeing the movie. Haha...

The music score in the movie bears typical tones of 80's horror music. It is symphonic in a way and always leading up to the scares. And it does work well. Without such music, movies would be less interesting.

I was actually surprised to see the faces of some of the cast in the movie, now that I am older and more wise in the history of cinema and movies. John Goodman and Jay Thomas were actually in this movie, as cops visiting a diner. Patricia Richardson (from "Home Improvement") was actually in the movie as well. Plus, the lead roles were played by John Heard and Daniel Stern, all names that sit well with me today. So the cast list was actually quite good.

I liked "C.H.U.D." back then and I still like it. Of course it is not all that scary by today's standards, but still it is a good horror movie in itself. Plus, it has a special place in my memory, as it lead me down the path of horror and scary movies. If you haven't seen "C.H.U.D." yet, do yourself the favor and get your hands (or claws) on the DVD and see this wonderful 80's horror gem.


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