Wednesday, December 12, 2012

C.H.U.D. (1984)

A sinister subterranean terror has overtaken New York City as mutant monsters escape the sewers in search of food! Photojournalist George Cooper and a crackpot soup chef uncover the horrifying secret that is transforming the city's homeless into Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers, but the government will stop at nothing to keep the conspiracy hidden! John Heard and Daniel Stern headline the 1984 cult-classic C.H.U.D., one of several horror films that attempted to tackle the growing environmental concerns of the time. Although it has all of the trappings of a bad monster movie, C.H.U.D. rises above the average schlock thanks to its entertaining performances and terrifying creature designs. The razor-toothed, glowing-eyed mutants provide plenty of shocks on screen, but the real villains are the political figureheads calling the shots behind the scenes. George Martin plays the perfect government goon as he stands up against Daniel Stern's scathing accusations. Director Douglas Cheek takes full advantage of the film's subterranean setting, creating an ominous mood throughout the cramped, dimly lit tunnels as he sets the scene for many unexpected scares. C.H.U.D. is not without its cheesy moments, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable as a creepy late night monster movie!

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like C.H.U.D.:
ALLIGATOR, PROPHECY, RAW MEAT, IT'S ALIVE, THE DARK, WOLFEN, THE BEING, NEON MANIACS.



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11 comments:

  1. I fully expected to hate c.h.u.d. the first 20 minutes in but was surprised at how good it actually turned out to be.

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  2. C.H.U.D. is definitely one of my favorites and it even had a lack of gore. This movie also made me realize how cool Daniel Stern was.

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  3. I love this one, Stern is awesome and my favorite scene is still where the agent following him swallows his quarter so he cant make a phone call. Taken out of context, the scene is utterly hilarious!

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  4. This is one of the better horror films of the 1980's - it has an ecological message, a socio/political message, a sense of humour, and a very effective monster. The image that has always stuck in my mind is when a woman gets dragged down a manhole.

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  5. I have never seen this one, even though my brother has talked about it. Just never got around to it. Will rectify that soon!

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  6. I guess I'm the odd one out on this one. I've tried to get into this movie about four times now and it still bores the hell out of me. I do remember getting overly excited about it after seeing the trailer for it back when it first came out and then seeing it in Fangoria, but after renting the tape, I was sorely disappointed. The message is nice and all, but there's not enough monster action and the movie really doesn't have anything remotely bad about it to make enjoyable in a chintzy sort of way.

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  7. I wouldnt mind seeing plenty more monster action in this one, but there is the one payoff in the end which I appreciated. Raw Meat achieved a much higher level of tension and suspense. CHUD is pretty mean spirited though, and it hints at several bloodbaths that just never come..

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  8. You know, if you want to really make me jealous, you'll review 'C.H.U.D. II.' Not because it's actually a good movie, mind you- just because I can't find it on DVD anywhere. Damn you, complicated copyright laws related to video distribution!

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  9. I have it but I cant figure out how to properly burn the bin/cue, so it will have to wait until I get smarter or the copyrights get settled (guess which will come first)

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  10. Very good film. I think it's pretty underrated. One of my favorite 80s cult films. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  11. Figures. It's bad enough that you get more attention and readers than I do. Now you get copies of movies that are sure to be disappointing before I can!

    It's back to hoping the YouTube uploads don't get pulled down, I guess. :-)

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