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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>

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Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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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 Jalsaghar (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

Murphy: You must be a pretty important fella, fella.
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Alternate Versions

The TV network version, in addition to the gore scenes edited out, has about 9 minutes of footage not shown in the New World video version with a number of scenes added some of which 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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Poorly made but fun 80's trash!
24 November 2005 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

The coolest abbreviation in horror cinema stands for Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers (as well as something else) and refers to hideous monsters with fluorescent eyes that live in the sewers of Soho. Their existence is the result of years of dumping radioactive toxic waste down there and now these monsters are responsible for an incredible amount of missing-persons cases. Everyone in Soho is affected by the city council's cover-up. Soup kitchen owner A.J reports a lot of his homeless friends missing, independent photographer Cooper is begged for help by people who live underground and police captain Bosh has even lost his wife. For some incomprehensible reason, I always loved this trashy 80's film and can't possibly bring myself to spread negative comments on it, no matter how stupid the plot is or no matter how cheesy the make-up effects actually are. For what it's worth, "C.H.U.D" is a hugely entertaining monster film with a couple of atmospheric set pieces and several comical dialogues. Elements that increase the fun-level are a pointless, yet bloody shower sequence and a C.H.U.D who stretches his neck muscles seemly without a specific goal. This poverty row horror production is surprisingly blessed with a great cast! Daniel Stern, John Heard and Christopher Curry all prove they're gifted actors who never got the breakthrough they deserved. Good fun, highly recommended but – whatever you do – keep away from the retarded sequel.


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