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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... George Cooper
... A.J. 'The Reverend' Shepherd
... Captain Bosch
... Lauren Daniels
Laure Mattos ... Flora Bosch
... Francine the Landlady
Justin Hall ... Justin
... Fuller
... Officer Sanderson
... Hays
... Chief O'Brien
... Officer Crespi
Frank Adu ... Interrogation Cop
... Mrs. Monroe
... 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>

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Ugly. Slobbering. Ferocious. Carnivorous. See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

31 August 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

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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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1.85 : 1
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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 »

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When Lauren is in the shower, a blue strapless top is visible. (Open Matte Framed Version Only) See more »

Quotes

A.J. 'The Reverend' Shepherd: N-R-C. You know what this is? This thing detects accumulated radiation. They wear these things in nuclear power plants.
Captain Bosch: How do you know that?
A.J. 'The Reverend' Shepherd: I used to be a nuclear physicist...
[Bosch looks at him incredulously]
A.J. 'The Reverend' Shepherd: I saw it on TV.
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B-listers battle homeless monsters for food stamps...
27 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

"C.H.U.D." is one of those semi-name oddities that always stood out on video store shelves when I was a youth (lamenting the 'parental lock' on all horror movies I so badly wanted to rent), what with the darkened figures congregating around a manhole, eyes glowing white. Years later, I have finally gotten a chance to see the film, and my response is pretty mixed: it lies somewhere between the Land of Campy and the Dominion of Creepy, with some elements of the Retro Rest Area thrown in for good measure. "C.H.U.D." takes a formula familiar to anybody who's seen a '50s 'Big Bug' flick: Evil Guys In Suits are dumping toxic waste where it doesn't belong (in this case, the sewers below Manhattan), thus inspiring some unexpected and unpleasant side effects in the homeless people living under the city--they transform into C.H.U.D.s (Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers), reptilian-looking monsters with a taste for human flesh. While the premise is extremely cheesy, director Douglas Cheek teeters the line between camp and horror rather well--not all-out serious nor a straight romp, it strikes a fair balance (the creepily minimalist, synth-driven score helps, too). The cast of semi-name actors (John Heard, Kim Greist, and a wonderfully wiggy Daniel Stern) treat the material at face value, but never wink at the camera, thus engendering a bizarre charm to the events that transpire. Unfortunately, even for a film that plays as fast and loose as "C.H.U.D." does, it leaves a few too many unresolved plot points for my liking. But if you want something a fair distance from the mainstream radar, greased with the grimy spirit of the 1980s, look no further than "C.H.U.D."


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