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C.H.U.D.
     

C.H.U.D.

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Director: Douglas Cheek, John Heard, Kim Greist, Daniel Stern

Cast: Douglas Cheek, John Heard, Kim Greist, Daniel Stern

 

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Toxic waste and New York City are the culprits to cannibalistic humanoid underground dwellers in the 1980s monster classic C.H.U.D. Presented in 1.77:1 anamorphic widescreen, this version of C.H.U.D. by Anchor Bay looks much better than a film of this quality deserves. The image quality is consistant with bright colors and black levels even and bright.

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Toxic waste and New York City are the culprits to cannibalistic humanoid underground dwellers in the 1980s monster classic C.H.U.D. Presented in 1.77:1 anamorphic widescreen, this version of C.H.U.D. by Anchor Bay looks much better than a film of this quality deserves. The image quality is consistant with bright colors and black levels even and bright. While the transfer suffers from minor imperfections (including dirt, grain, and some scratches), overall, this is a very good job by Anchor Bay. Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono and sounds only passable. All aspects of the soundtrack including dialogue, effects, and music are all clear and concise, but as with most mono tracks, C.H.U.D.'s tends to have a flat, hollow quality that is disappointing to the viewer. However, this fact is greatly made up by way some nice extra features included on this edition of C.H.U.D. A commentary track by director Douglas Cheek, writer Shepard Abbott, and actors Daniel Stern, John Heard, and Christopher Curry both entertains and enlightens with funny quips and stories about the production of C.H.U.D. Also included on this disc is an anamorphic trailer for C.H.U.D. as well as a behind-the-scenes photo gallery. Fans of this smaller title will delight in the above average effort put forth by Anchor Bay.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
This '80s B-movie classic boasts a nearly A-list cast, a tight script, an atmospheric score, and lots of memorable creature effects. Marketed as an antidote to by-the-books teen slasher films, C.H.U.D. earned healthy box-office results on the strength of not only its rehashed nuclear-anxiety boogeymen, but also its mistrust of the government and its sympathy for the homeless. With its enjoyably cranky, anti-establishment politics, the film almost seems like a mid-period John Carpenter effort. But such thesps as Kim Greist (Brazil), Daniel Stern (Home Alone), Christopher Curry (F/X), and John Heard (Cat People, The Pelican Brief) prove less campy and more convincing than, say, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. Even the bit players hit their marks with utter conviction, especially Ruth Maleczech as a lovably feisty bag lady. With a minimum of gore and a maximum of spooky atmosphere, screenwriter Parnell Hall and director Douglas Cheek lead these performers through a tense hour and a half of detective work, righteous indignation, and proto-X-Files action. Neither Cheek nor Hall ever made another picture, but they can stand tall for having collaborated on one of the most fondly remembered creature features of the Reagan era.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/30/2001
UPC:
0013131132793
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:36:00

Special Features

Enhanced for 16x9 TVs, plus audio commentary with the writer, director, and stars, theatrical trailer, and a behind-the-scenes still gallery.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Heard George Cooper
Kim Greist Lauren Daniels
Daniel Stern The Reverend
Christopher Curry Capt. Bosch
George Martin Wilson
John Ramsey Commissioner
Eddie Jones Chief O'Brien
Frankie R. Faison Parker
James Dudley C.H.U.D.
Brenda Currin Francine
Justin Hall Justin
Michael O'Hare Fuller
Cordis Heard Sanderson
Vic Polizos Hays
Sam McMurray Crespi
Frank Adu Interrogation Cop
J.C. Quinn Murphy
Patricia Richardson Ad Woman
Ray Baker Ad Man
Beverly Bentley Doris
Graham Beckel Val
Gene O'Neill Jackson
William Joseph Raymond Victor
Peter Michael Goetz Gramps
John Bedford Lloyd Shadow
Henry Yuk Coroner
John Goodman Cop in Diner
Jay Thomas Cop in Diner
Hallie Foote Waitress
Jon Polito Newscaster
Mark Mikulski C.H.U.D.
Lou Leccese C.H.U.D.
Carey Eidel C.H.U.D.
Ruth Maleczech Mrs. Monroe
Laure Mattos Flora Bosch
Rocco Siclari Hugo
Shanna Lee Farrell Cindy
Robert Toupin Benson
Ivar Brogger Gooney NRC Man
Parnell Hall Judson
Sanford Clark C.H.U.D.

Technical Credits
Douglas Cheek Director
Shepard Abbott Original Story,Screenwriter
Larry Abrams Executive Producer
William Bilowit Production Designer
Andrew Bonime Producer
Bob Bordiga Production Manager
John Caglione Makeup Special Effects
Thomas H. Field Associate Producer
Susan Giammusso Makeup
Lewis Gould Asst. Director
Parnell Hall Screenwriter
Cooper Hughes Score Composer
David A. Hughes Score Composer
Harry Lapham Sound/Sound Designer
Jennifer Lax Costumes/Costume Designer
Dennis M. O'Connor Editor
Claire Simpson Editor
Peter Stein Cinematographer
Bonnie Timmermann Casting
Jorge Toro Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapter Selections
1. Program Start/Main Titles [3:26]
2. Phone Tag [4:32]
3. Police Procedure [3:51]
4. Photo Session [2:40]
5. Haven For The Homeless [4:07]
6. Into The Underground [6:03]
7. Questions & Answers [3:31]
8. Searching The Sewers [2:48]
9. Surprise Annoncement [2:34]
10. Phone Booth Slaughter [1:51]
11. Meeting With The Commissioner [5:40]
12. Threats And Accusations [5:59]
13. Autopsy [2:14]
14. Flames And Fury [3:34]
15. A Mad Plan [4:09]
16. Trapped! [2:49]
17. C.h.u.d [3:33]
18. Terrifying Discovery [4:09]
19. Shower Of Blood [1:45]
20. Grabbing A Bite [3:25]
21. Transformation [3:57]
22. Desperate Defense [3:15]
23. Toxic Waste [2:24]
24. Cry For Help [3:44]
25. Government Garbage Man [2:35]
26. Ka-Boom! [4:31]
27. End Credits [3:06]

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C.H.U.D. 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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I first saw this film when it first came out in the 80's and thought it was one of the creepiest films I had ever seen. 15 years later I purchased this film and watched it again I have to admit at first this film dragged on and on but if you can make it thru the first 45min the film becomes very intertaining. Its not very scary but if you want to go back to the day of the 80's slasher film stero-type this is a must film to add to your collection. The special affects were pretty good as well.