Movie Reviews 155 – C.H.U.D. (1984)

CHUDOften cited as an all time favorite by my horror movie lovin’ brethren, I regret to report that  C.H.U.D. is comes in as more of a flat falling ‘thud’ in my books.

There is more than just some acronym play going on when the “Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers” start sinking their teeth on some of the New York city’s vagrants and homeless people. While the city officials declare a premature victory when one such C.H.U.D. is put on ice, photographer George Cooper (John Heard) and soup kitchen volunteer “The Reverend” Shepherd (Daniel Stern) have their doubts. So does police captain Bosch (Christopher Curry) since his own wife is one of the unexplained missing people.

The sewer system starts getting crowded as all these personal searches go on, but in the mean time some of the C.H.U.D. have begun making surface forays and in particular Cooper’s model wife seems to be on the menu.

It’s not that the mystery of the mutant lifeforms stemming from the sewers of NY is such a well trodden cliche that is the problem here with this movie. (Go ahead and guess what could be responsible for mutants being created in the sewers. I’m sure 99% of you would get it right first guess). No, the problem here is that as many times as it’s been done before, they are all superior movies of the tired storyline.

I was hoping for something novel, something out of the ordinary. What I got was just some silly sewer creatures crawling around until the big reveal that some toxic waste created them. Oops, did I just spoil it for you? Really? Oh, crud…


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