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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.


Douglas Cheek


Parnell Hall (screenplay), Shepard Abbott (story)
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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


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


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 »


Horror | Sci-Fi


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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


A.J. 'The Reverend' Shepherd: You Cooper?
George Cooper: Yeah.
A.J. 'The Reverend' Shepherd: You all right?
George Cooper: Who are you?
A.J. 'The Reverend' Shepherd: I run the soup kitchen.
George Cooper: On Kenmann.
A.J. 'The Reverend' Shepherd: Right... right. This is crazy. C'mon.
George Cooper: Thank God they deliver.
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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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Referenced in Notes from Above Ground (2016) See more »

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The Director's Cut doesn't improve matters much.
16 January 2016 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

I first heard about '80s creature feature C.H.U.D. in the pages of Fangoria, where I was particularly impressed by a selection of gruesome stills featuring mangled corpses, victims of the film's Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers, homeless people who have mutated into hideous monsters after exposure to toxic waste dumped in the sewers. Unfortunately, when I finally caught up with the film on UK home video, I was extremely disappointed: not only was most of the juicy gore absent—which, at the time, I put down to the scissor-happy attitude of the British censors—but the film's pacing was weak and the narrative disjointed.

I later learnt that the version I saw on video was actually a heavily butchered TV edit which screwed around with the order of the scenes. The Director's Cut, now available on DVD, not only includes the missing gore, but also puts events back in their correct order; however, even though things are now as they were originally intended by director Douglas Cheek, C.H.U.D. still feels like it could do with more work, the film devoting far too much screen-time to dull chit-chat when it should be delivering monster mayhem. When the creatures do appear, the film is a lot of fun, the creepy critters boasting rubbery claws, snaggle teeth and glowing eyes; there just isn't enough of the good stuff to offset all of the scenes where very little of interest occurs.

4.5/10, rounded up to 5 for the decapitated heads, one of which belongs to a C.H.U.D. that meets the business end of a samurai sword.

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Release Date:

31 August 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

C.H.U.D. See more »


Box Office


$1,250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,762,922, 3 September 1984

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


| (director's cut)

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Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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