1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent overlooked horror film.,
This review is from: Chud [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
C.H.U.D. has been called a cult classic, and for good reason. "C.H.U.D." standing for "Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers" is an 80's horror film like no other. The film is such a great representation of 80's horror that anyone who considers themselves a horror buff should have it in their collection. The monsters are very well done for their time, and the great story-line tells itself quickly without getting boring. Some of our best horror films came out in this decade and I think more people should check them out. After a SoHo soup kitchen cook named A. J. (Daniel Stern) reports to Captain Bosch (Christopher Curry) that some of his patrons, those which reside in the city's sewage system, mysteriously disappeared two weeks prior, the duo attempt to account for the missing persons. However, upon the discovery of a political cover-up resulting in grotesque, subhuman mutations of the city's indigenous population, Bosch is told by the police chief, O'Brien (Eddie Jones) and the Commissioner (John Ramsey), to keep a tight lip. At the same time, photographer George Cooper (John Heard), has been convinced by free-lance reporter, Murphy (J.C. Quinn), that there is something strange going on in the sewers and he convinces George to go with him to investigate. Yet, as murders reportedly committed by monsters emerging from the city's sewers begin to pile in from throughout the city, Bosch and A. J. attempt to unveil the conspiracy before the situation gets out of hand. The film follows different characters investigating the disappearances of many of the underground population. Police captain "Bosch" is searching for his wife. Daniel Stern plays a great role as A.J. "The Reverend" Shepherd. Great interesting story mixed with some suspense, social commentary and good comedy. We even get a cameo by John Goodman playing the role of a cop. The film was later followed by a truly awful comedy sequel called Bud The C.H.U.D. 2 which had nothing to do with the first film (I suggest you avoid that sequel like the plague). C.H.U.D. however does have some flaws, after all the film has a really low budget and while it does have some decent gore scenes, the creatures really aren't explained too well and the ending leaves us hanging. BUT overall "C.H.U.D." is an unknown 80's gem worth checking out, I must have seen this film a hundred times and it never gets dull as it's one of my favorites. Highly recommend.