Note for genre buffs: Robert Englund walks across the screen in a minor cameo.
C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud (1989)
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Note for genre buffs: Robert Englund walks across the screen in a minor cameo.
C.H.U.D. II is a fun 80's movie. I picked it up since I love Zombie movies, and I wanted to see Brian Robbins(Head Of the Class)in the film. Most people seem to hate it...but I look at it as a B movie, and nothing more. If you like the 80's and can look past the script then go ahead and rent it.(If you can find it)
But the best part, which is the funniest comes when *SPOILER ALERT* Katie puts on her bathing suit at the High school. I don't know if it was me but it was the oddest looking one I ever have seen. Plus with the front so low I wonder how she was able to wear it in gym class?
i remember back when i was around 10, this film was on TV over in the UK i never saw it all but i always remember the final swimming pool scene, it kinda scared me at the time and i always remembered the CHUD name. So imagine my surprise when recently i searched through amazon and came across CHUD II on DVD for a measly £3, i couldn't resist. What i didn't know was that the film i was getting was the one i'd seen all them years ago, i thought it was sequel to what i had seen.
This is a great film, it ain't gonna appeal to everyone but if anyone loved cheesy 80's movie horror film this is a must-see, it's actually more of a comedy than a horror, but there's zombies in it so i guess it's a horror.
The star of the film is Bud, the main CHUD zombie you get caught on his quest to find the love of his life, Katie. He munches on a lot of people along the way and finally confronts her in the final scenes, which is actually quite sad and almost brought a tear to my eye (no s**t).
If anyone's up for a good laugh and loves zombies get this film, it's great entertainment and funny as hell, all the people on here who voted this a '1' need to lighten and start to enjoy life, cause this was some funny s**t.
The only gripe i have is the movie's lack of gore, if they'd totally bloodied this up and made it a bit more hardcore this would be amazing.
My rating: 4 out of 10
Now - the year of writing is 2007 - more than a decade later, with the right mindset and under the influence of a certain person, I decided to give this film another shot. This time determined to watched it all the way through. And, yes, it's totally retarded, but... still some fun and worth a few laughs. It's a pretty dumb horror-comedy that tries to be something like "Night Of The Creeps" or "Return Of The Living Dead, part 2". But it fails completely in being as good. If you like mind-numbingly stoopie horror-spoofs, you still might have some fun with it. Even I did, I'll admit that much. And the climax in the swimming pool was even quite amusing. But I still hold a grudge against it for nearly traumatizing me more than a decade ago. And in the end, it's not much better than, let's say, the zombieësque equivalent of an 80's slasher-spoof like "Killer Party". Hence my rating.
But so what? Neither was the original C.H.U.D. Granted, C.H.U.D. isn't that bad of a film, but it's not that great either (with the exception of Daniel Stern and John Goodman, no matter how limited his screen time was)But C.H.U.D. is good for what it is.
And the same goes for C.H.U.D. 2. It stars Robert Vaughn, that kid from Head of the Class (otherwise known as Brian Robbins), Tricia Leigh Fisher, Larry Linville, Bianca Jagger, Norman Fell, June Lockhart, Robert Englund in cameos and the hilarious Gerrit Graham as a zombie?! Well hot damn, sounds like a fun little time waster to me!
As our story goes, in a nutshell, the C.H.U.D. experiments have nearly been perfected--except that the mutated test subject (enter Bud) still craves human flesh (or in this sequel, brains). So the experiment is scrapped, and Bud is to be terminated. But he escapes, is frozen, and is then transported to the Winterhaven Disease Control center for safe keeping. If he's ever needed, an electrical jolt to the brain will do the trick to wake him.
Enter the high school kids: Kevin, Katie (Fisher), and Steve (Robbins). Due to science project malfunctions, Kevin & Steve must stay after school in the loading dock of the school, preparing things for tomorrow's science class. Incidentally, the next class project involves a corpse, which Steve loses. In typical '80s fashion, he decides (much to Kevin's chagrin) to steal a replacement corpse.
Take a guess as to the whereabouts of where & who this replacement is. Har har. Now take a guess as to what happens next. Yes, dear Bud awakens and hijinks and "chudification" ensue. Along the way, he falls in love with Katie (re-animated corpse or not, I would do the same), and forms an alliance of C.H.U.D.s (including June Lockhart and Norman Fell!) Where the government falls short, the kids come in and they must stop this epidemic of C.H.U.D.s before they can wreak ("I think it's Latin.") havoc upon the entire nation!
And yes, the best part is when Katie wears her bathing suit. And my reaction was not one of amusement over the look of it, or how lowcut it was. Oh, and Bud reacts in a way that many emo boys would cringe with painful identification at.
This is an amusing film, filled with stumbling, comical actors slapped with gray paint, explosions, various one liners ("This CHUD's for you!"), references to other films (loved the shades of Day of the Dead and the Charlie Brown reference, as well as the close up on the marquee showing John Huston's The Dead), and general absurdity.
Bud even has his own theme song, which never ceases to repeat over and over in my head (and is almost as entertaining as the theme to Terrorvision), along with songs by Wall of Voodoo.
All in all, C.H.U.D. 2 is harmless, enjoyable fluff. Just take it for what it is--a mind numbing horror comedy.
There's a weird feeling while watching this movie. It plays and feels like a spoof of bad 80's horror flicks(a.k.a. students bodies). Yet it's the real deal. CHUD 2 is the sort of movie you have to see just to believe with your own eyes how bad it is. Three teenagers kidnap a corpse from a disease center. He comes back to life(kinda), gets some stylish digs and starts munching on people. Once you become a CHUD you sport Halloween make up and develop bad teeth. I've never seen the fist CHUD movie so I can't make a statement on how valid that is compared to the first. Of course it's Halloween night so take a wild guess what happens from there. I don't know who's more entertaining to watch Gerrit Graham, Robert Vaughn or the poodle. Gerrit Graham is a delight to watch. Bud is a living cartoon character. He's a zombie monster, but he's likable and entertaining. It helps that Gerrit Graham looks like a real cartoon character who has come to life. ( or is it afterlife?)Robert Vaughn eats up so much scenery in this movie he probably should have gone on a diet after it was done filming. The General character spurts some of the most mind numbing dialogue I can think of. It's worst watching for the over the top acting. Yes even for Robert Vaughn it's over the top acting. Then we have the poodle. How could anybody not laugh at a movie with a ZOMBIE POODLE!The campfest meter goes off the scale. If some one's looking for a bad movie to poke fun of or need a good laugh. Then I highly recommend this movie. It's a good example why low budget teen horror flicks vanished for a while. As a horror movie -5 As a camp comedy 10
CHUD 2: Bud the chud is a sequel of CHUD 1, it is a corny, campy, funny, & considered a horror movie. For many who don't know the name Bud Oliver he is the main chud in CHUD 2. I don't know if he was a private that signed up for a army experiment or what. If he was just a dead guy they brought back, or whatever. From what I have read the chud's in the 1st movie they were mutants living in the sewer. In this version the chud's are more zombie like or even ghouls. I mean a lot of people have really hated this movie, & I'm sorry I like it. This movie is not like the first one, and should be seen as not a sequel at all.
The thing that works for this movie is Bud's facial expression's. Bud's facial expressions are what tells you happy, sad, relaxed, confused, and even mad. Bud speaks very little, but has good comic timing. I don't know if it is for every bite Bud gets a little smarter or more talkative. Plus he has these wicked looking teeth. They look like Christopher Walkens teeth in Sleepy Hollow. I still liked the ending of the movie, sort of feel kind of bad for the guy at the end. Plus it's the only movie I have ever seen where the guy offer's up his heart to a girl.
There's a scene in the movie that still cracks me up and it is where Bud is watching a woman doing exercises. Kind of following along with her, then she goes out to feed her cat. He's standing in front of her, as she looks up she goes "What big feet you have, then big thumbs, & starts talking to him". I mean it's funny cause he's standing there listening to her go off asking questions. Gesturing/thinking about it then he smile's, and another chud is made.
This movie lives up to the 80's series of horror comedy's out there. It's well worth a watch, maybe a laugh or 2. It has the same song repeating through out the movie, kind of annoying. The movie has little bits of humor throughout the movie. True, to the 80's is the fashion, now of days we worry about all that hairspray. I think they even make a little reference to Frankenstein w/Bud wearing a black coat with short sleeves. The writing's not the best, then again maybe that is what makes it fun to watch. The poodle is cute even takes out a few people, and drags a post man down the road. There's of course a Halloween Dance that all the chuds decide to crash. Bud does has the final word in the movie with "Good-Bye!"
Anyway still love this movie, laugh at some of the lines, goofs, but that's what makes it one of my favorites to watch.
Now, you may not be a big time fan of this movie when you see this for the very first time, but for me, it was different! "C.H.U.D. II - Bud the Chud" also sounds like one of those evil, broody films about a scary doll that comes to life (Chucky)!!! (Well, maybe just the title.) Okay, I am giving this a 10 and that's final!
Don't let Bud the Chud bite when you go to bed tonite!!!!!
There was great potential for a follow up to the original and excellent "C.H.U.D." However, to change the direction from a serious horror story with ecological warnings to a goofy slapstick comedy was about the worst thing that could be done.
The CHUDs in the movie look like rejects from a living dead film, and the acting... well, the less said the better.
In fact, the only cool thing about C.H.U.D. II is the video's cover art. Pick it up at your video store, and imagine that if that eerie scene had really been in a CHUD sequel. We don't get that with CHUD 2. Not even close.
After two bumbling teenage buddies (Brian Robbins and Bill Calvert) misplace a cadaver intended for their high school science class, they find a replacement in Bud (Gerrit Graham). Bud is a C.H.U.D. (which, if you recall the first film, stands for Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers) and seeing as how he is the last of his kind, the government sees fit to stuff him away in a minimum security facility in a podunk little town. The two pry the titular Chud from the facility with minimal effort, and after killing the family dog and clogging the toilet, Bud strolls through town, turning anyone and everyone he comes across into a like-minded zombie, on the prowl for a little fun and a little flesh.
This film is ridiculous, that's for sure. Whether it's the goofball dialog, the "Thriller" inspired dance number or the theme song that accompanies Bud, there is hardly a moment where it looks like anyone took what they were doing seriously when making this film. It has a real fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants spirit that maybe made its producers and distributors nervous, but nevertheless, translates to a gloriously goofy good time. Vibrant performances are in abundance, with everyone from seasoned actor Robert Vaughn, who viciously chews up the scenery, to the beautiful Tricia Leigh Fisher, the supportive girlfriend who finds herself the object of Bud's affection. Go into this one with expectations of a care-free good-time and you'll likely find "C.H.U.D. II - Bud the Chud" to be a blast.
They accidentally thaw this CHUD(Gerrit Graham playing the zombie to the hilt, nicknamed Bud by Masters)with electrical current and he roams confusingly free until Steve and Kevin lock him in the basement. Soon, however, Bud breaks from his cage with a city of innocents at his disposal. CHUDs are cannibals who enjoy a chomp on human flesh and blood..just enough to keep them satisfied. Their bites are very much like the plague..anyone bitten becomes infected with "CHUDism". So Masters and company must find Steve and Kevin so they can secure Bud before a dangerous outbreak of zombies occurs. Too late. Soon many are infected, along with Steve's pet poodle who carries off the mail man in a ridiculous scene! Steve and Kevin will have to find a way to catch Bud riding along with pal Katie(Tricia Leigh Fisher)in her automobile. It seems Bud has reason and can communicate..he even falls for Katie when he finds a picture of her in Steve's room(he actually gives his heart to her..literally!). It will all come to a head at the Halloween High School Dance where Masters' right hand suit Graves(Larry Cedar)tries to hold off the CHUDS as Steve, Kevin & Katie plan to trap the zombies. Their shady goal is to trap the CHUDs in the high school pool, tossing all the cryogenic tanks available in the military van they confiscated from the now-gone-loco Masters who hit the high road when the going was getting rough. Kevin believes that he can use an electrical hose pulled from the wall to electrocute the CHUDs to kingdom come.
Silly horror comedy is pretty awful, but clearly smiling at you from the set with a wide wink. No one, especially Vaughn and Robbins, take this film seriously at all mugging with glee at the audience..hopefully for your, especially their, amusement.
This movie really had nothing to do with its predecessor. It basically shares the same title and introduces a C.H.U.D. by the name of "Bud" who is a government experiment gone wrong unleashed upon an unsuspecting town in the U.S. This movie is 'supposedly' comedy, but comes off more as a 'patience-tester'.
For the sub-plots involving the "C.H.U.D.ified" dog, the Halloween party and the swimming pool - this is material that may have easily been lifted from a script intended for a typical crass episode of "Roseanne".
For June Lockhart and Normal Fell to appear in this film for what may have been a total of five minutes on-screen time - all I can say is, "What the Hell?". Was "Lost In Space" and "Three's Company" not enough???
And as for Robert Vaughan. All I could have asked him to do was to have looked at the camera, pointed and said, "Tell them you mean *BUSINESS*!"