C.H.U.D.

C.H.U.D.

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Director: Douglas Cheek

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

     
 

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People are disappearing all over the Big Apple. Nobody cares, though, because most of the missing are homeless. But when investigative reporter Murphy (J.C. Quinn) tips off principled photographer George Cooper (John Heard) to a government conspiracy involving the dumping of nuclear waste beneath the streets, Cooper decides to dig a little deeper. Soon he discovers… See more details below

Overview

People are disappearing all over the Big Apple. Nobody cares, though, because most of the missing are homeless. But when investigative reporter Murphy (J.C. Quinn) tips off principled photographer George Cooper (John Heard) to a government conspiracy involving the dumping of nuclear waste beneath the streets, Cooper decides to dig a little deeper. Soon he discovers the existence of C.H.U.D.s, or "Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers," derelicts who have become grotesque monsters after being exposed to the mountains of hazardous waste. Meanwhile, Captain Bosch (Christopher Curry), a cop whose wife is among the missing, forms an unlikely alliance with the Reverend (Daniel Stern), a leftist soup-kitchen cook who knows the score. Murphy, Cooper, Bosch, and the Reverend soon run up against the stonewalling tactics of Wilson (George Martin), a government toadie. As the titular monsters begin to tire of their underground habitat, the protagonists -- including Cooper's wife, beautiful model Lauren Daniels (Kim Greist) -- face a race against time to defeat not only the C.H.U.D.s, but the government's cover-up. The debut, and only film, from writer Parnell Hall and director Douglas Cheek, C.H.U.D. was followed by 1989's C.H.U.D. 2: Bud the C.H.U.D. Co-stars Stern and Heard would later appear together in the first two Home Alone pictures, while Curry would appear in the third.

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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:
09/27/2011
UPC:
0014381734829
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
R
Source:
Image Entertainment
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
26,430

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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

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- C.H.U.D.
1. Chapter 1 [:14]
2. Chapter 2 [7:59]
3. Chapter 3 [8:51]
4. Chapter 4 [7:51]
5. Chapter 5 [8:14]
6. Chapter 6 [8:12]
7. Chapter 7 [8:13]
8. Chapter 8 [8:23]
9. Chapter 9 [7:46]
10. Chapter 10 [7:16]
11. Chapter 11 [8:34]
12. Chapter 12 [11:54]

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