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C.H.U.D. (1984)

John Heard , Daniel Stern , Douglas Cheek  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: John Heard, Daniel Stern, Christopher Curry, Kim Greist, Laure Mattos
  • Directors: Douglas Cheek
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2001
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y6BC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,801 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "C.H.U.D." on IMDb

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  • Audio Commentary with Director Douglas Cheek, Writer Shepard Abbott, Stars John Heard, Daniel Stern, and Christopher Curry
  • Behind-The-Scenes Still Gallery

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Media Type: DVD
Artist: HEARD/STERN/CURRY
Title: C.H.U.D.
Street Release Date: 05/04/2004
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Genre: HORROR

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Douglas Cheek's grotty urban horror fable C.H.U.D. deserves to be seen in its natural habitat--a Times Square grind-house theater--but horror enthusiasts will have to enjoy this widescreen version from the comforts of their own homes. John Heard stars as a former fashion photographer now pursuing a "real" career in photojournalism. While working on a piece about the homeless, he discovers that toxic waste, stashed in New York's sewer system, is turning tunnel squatters into the title acronym (Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers). Teaming up with frazzled soup kitchen capo (and fellow Home Alone alumnus) Daniel Stern, Heard uncovers a government conspiracy behind the mutations; horror fans will know exactly how the government handles its uncovered wrongdoings. While Gary Sherman's Raw Meat (1973) remains the final word in homeless horror films, C.H.U.D. has a threadbare charm, thanks to Cheek's poker-faced direction, the endearingly slap-dash effects (courtesy John Caglione Jr. and Ed French), and game performances by a surprisingly A-list cast, including appearances by John Goodman, Jay Thomas, Patricia Richardson, and Jon Polito.

Anchor Bay's DVD is uncut and retains all of the cutting-room footage added by New World Pictures to beef up the butchered TV version; furthermore, it features a rollicking commentary by Cheek, Heard, Stern, cast mate Christopher Curry, and writer Shephard Abbott, which is worth the purchase price alone. Easter-egg hunters should click on the C.H.U.D.'s glowing eyes in the main menu for a longer version of the grotesque shower scene. --Paul Gaita


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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More fun than a barrel of toxic waste June 1, 2004
Format:DVD
When you think of the 1984 horror movie "C.H.U.D.," try and think of an old 1950s or 1960s atomic bomb crazed monster movie. The only difference is that they updated the concept to fit the late 1970s and early 1980's fear of nuclear waste. Most long time fans of horror-I'm talking about fans old enough to watch this junk on cable television around the same time MTV appeared on the scene-have seen this movie before. In some ways, it's a classic even though it isn't particularly gory or scary. I can't tell you how many people I have ran into in the intervening years who have mentioned this movie when a discussion turns to horror films. I always nod my head in understanding and then try to drop in a few titles that better represent the horror franchise. Still, "C.H.U.D." is a charming little film that every new aficionado of shriek cinema should see, and since good old Anchor Bay released it on DVD with a great picture transfer and several fun extras, there's simply no excuse not to watch this one in the near future. It's been years since I saw it, and I was greatly surprised at how much I had forgotten. It's always nice to revisit old friends, eh?
Set in the gritty and grimy streets of New York City, "C.H.U.D." We soon learn something isn't quite right in the city that never picks up after itself. George Cooper (John Heard), a big shot photographer working on a new project concerning the homeless, starts hearing things about missing people. Intrigued, and worried considering some of the vanishing are people he has worked with recently, he decides to quietly start investigating the disappearances. Meanwhile, a city cop named Bosch, whose own wife vanished without a trace some time before, begins assembling reports on sudden disappearances.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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With a jocular audio commentary, a great trailer, a still gallery photo section, and an extended "shower scene" cut (some extra cheesecake nudity of sexy Kim Greist is here, but there's nothing else much added to that particular scene!), the Anchor Bay DVD issue helps a reviewer to better get inside the head of the creation of the movie called "C.H.U.D." and it is a keeper of a movie. While a lot of people still prefer the modernized slicks offered by the big-budget studios, those of us who belong in the audience of this movie know better, and this Anchor Bay DVD helps us to eat up the experience even more flamboyantly! I purchased both this Anchor Bay version and (stupidly) the Midnight Madness edition, and I am sad to report that the Midnight Madness release has NONE of the extras that the great Anchor Bay disc has. I thought the extras would have transferred, but they didn't, and (to me) the print on the Anchor Bay issue is just as good (if not better) than the image transfer on the newer M. M. release. Potential consumers need to be aware that they will be receiving a compromised and incomplete DVD if they order the M. M. edition, and (if you are a nerd like myself) you'll be plenty mad if you shell out the cash for an incomplete DVD edition! Or, maybe you will be...well, you should be, and that's it.
"C.H.U.D." (made quite a while before "Home Alone") features some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-like DVD and poster art, and the movie does not let up with its dirty, underground look and feel--it's fun, scary, twisted, menacing, and includes a great script.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Movie With Daniel Stern You'll Ever See! February 16, 2008
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Admit it, you love C.H.U.D. Hell, every healthy red blooded American does. It's the story of toxic waste that's turning homeless folks who live underground into glowing eyed beasties that rise from the sewers.......AND KILL!!!! A fashion photographer, a paranoid hippie and a police captain all find out about this, as well as the government coverup. These three characters all have run ins with the creatures at various points. The police captain is trying to do what he can within his power, and the photographer(John Heard) and the paranoid hippie(Daniel Stern) take to the sewers and find out just what C.H.U.D really is. There's also a subplot involving Heard and his fashion model girlfriend. It doesn't seem terribly necessary, but it's a painless addition to the movie and develops Heard's character a bit more.
This is one of those rare B monster movies that many critics actually liked. It's easy to see why because it's handled quite well. The acting, writing and directing are better than one would expect from this kind of film. Besides the concept of toxic waste monsters and a few other things, the movie doesn't really come across as campy or laughably bad(you know it has something going for it if my mother stayed up til 2am to watch it). The subject matter is treated with as much realism as possible, but a few chuckles do slip through when they creatures are onscreen. That's another thing, don't expect to see alot of the creatures. There's actually quite a bit of dialogue in this film and the actual creature carnage is kept to a minimum. The movie focuses a bit more on the investigation and coverup of the situation. There is one out of place scene with Heard's girlfriend that exists solely for more C.H.U.D screen time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 7 days ago by Michael K.
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
Watch out for those manholes.... Love this movie.. Popcorn under the covers Saturday night lover fest.
Published 14 days ago by Olgacan
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheese Can Be Good
Yes, it is cheezy. But cheese can be good, sometimes. And with popcorn and a drink, this cheese is fun.
Published 4 months ago by J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie
Good movie from one's youth. Brings back an era replete with social issues, public consciousness and a certain amount of action and adventure.
Published 5 months ago by Hyperjump
4.0 out of 5 stars Killer Mutants and Political Corruption
Classic '80s horror film has corrupt officals and hazardous waste turn the homeless into killer mutants that live under NYC.
Published 5 months ago by Alan Giorgio
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay shocker from the 80s
Yarn about Bums getting knocked off by creatures suffering deformities by living in a toxic sewer... I assume it would be enjoyable for a family night horror-thon though
Published 6 months ago by Jason A.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not super gory, not scary and slow-paced, yet this remains a...
This throwback is slow-paced (until the fun-filled third act), not at all scary, and doesn't pack a particularly gory punch, but it is fun and cheesy nonetheless and should be on... Read more
Published 7 months ago by John's Horror Corner
4.0 out of 5 stars C.H.U.D. purchase
Shipped in a decent time frame. The dvd itself was pristine, no skips. Better movie than what I remembered. Watch for the John Goodman appearance
Published 9 months ago by tron
5.0 out of 5 stars Good corny fun
What would the Halloween season be without movies like C.H.U.D. to break up all the very serious and scary modern day stuff, right? We love this kind of stuff. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jelly Bean
5.0 out of 5 stars Great old movie
This a favorite for turning out all the lights and curling up on the couch with or with out someone. The special effects even for the day were really good. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Wayne Holland
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