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C.H.U.D. (1984)

John Heard , Daniel Stern , Douglas Cheek  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y6BC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,314 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "C.H.U.D." on IMDb

Special Features

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

Editorial Reviews

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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Title: C.H.U.D.
Street Release Date: 05/04/2004

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More fun than a barrel of toxic waste June 1, 2004
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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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
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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars C.H.U.D. (1984) December 30, 2005
Director: Douglas Cheek

Cast: John Heard, Daniel Stern, Christopher Curry, Kim Greist, Laure Mattos, Brenda Currin, Justin Hall, Michael O'Hare, Cordis Heard.

Running Time: 88 minutes

Rated R for language, violence, and gore.

One of the opening images in the supremely cliched "C.H.U.D" (which stands for Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers) is a full-on shot of a truck banner reading "Slow Moving Vehicle." That's the most valid image in the whole film. Under Manhattan, mysterious creatures terrorize the homeless who live in the sewers, and begin striking those who walk the streets as well. When one disappearance involves a precinct captain's wife, the captain starts investigating the situation by asking around a neighborhood soup kitchen. The captain, Bosch, is played by Christopher Curry, a here-and-gone Martin Mull lookalike whose casual handling of his wife's disappearance would come off as absurd if we hadn't previously gotten a load of what she looks like. While Curry is the main actor, two better-known names have key supporting roles, Daniel Stern as the grimy soup kitchen director (only the destitute would accept a meal from him) and John Heard as a photographer. Heard's character has little to do with the story, and the way he's brought in is lazy and forced. He has some photos of streetpeople, and one homeless woman calls him for bail. He takes a photo of a gored leg that shows something sinister is going on, though all I saw was bad make-up. Through most of the film, we see him blow off deadlines and interact unaffectionately with his live-in girlfriend, played by Kim Griest. Heard here is smug and charmless, wasting away as "C.H.U.D." decomposes before the very eyes of the audience.
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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 10 days 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 1 month ago by John's Horror Corner
5.0 out of 5 stars Anchor Bay DVD gets a five-star rating; the Midnight Madness disc gets...
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... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Leslie Karen Rigsbey
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 3 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 5 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 5 months ago by Wayne Holland
4.0 out of 5 stars CHUDD review
Good 80's flick. Not a ton of action but enough excitement to be worth watching. I love 80's b-horror films and this fit the bill.
Published 7 months ago by Joe
4.0 out of 5 stars C.H.U.D.
I love the early horror movies and even though this movie was not popular I thought it was good. I grew up watching movies like this and this movie mixes horror, suspense and a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Stephanie A. McPherson
2.0 out of 5 stars The Lazy Ending Kills C.H.U.D.
Viewed: 4/13
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4/13: What seems like a good horror mystery story for C.H.U.D. gets undone by the lazy ending. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Austin Somlo
4.0 out of 5 stars B movie
This one tried to be scary, and had a few scary parts, but also a few laughs. Not as heavy or deep or dark as a lot of "scary movies" today. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Arthur J. De Leon
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