Monday, October 13, 2014

C.H.U.D. (1984)

Director: Douglas Cheek

Writers: Parnell Hall, Shepard Abbott, Christopher Curry, Daniel Stern

Composer: David A. Hughes

Starring: John Heard, Daniel Stern, Christopher Curry, Kim Greist, Laure Mattos, Brenda Currin, Justin Hall, Michael O'Hare, Cordis Heard, Vic Polizos, Eddie Jones, Sam McMurray, John Goodman, Jay Thomas

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Ugly. Slobbering. Ferocious. Carnivorous.

Plot: A bizarre series of murders in New York City seems to point toward the existence of a race of mutant cannibals living under the streets.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Yeah.

I've known about this flick for thirty years and now I've seen it.  It's a lot of fun.  The underground business with the C.H.U.D.s is good, what little there is of it, but it's the topside stuff that I really enjoyed.  The acting is good and fun.  There are the occasional moments of cheese but the cast is great with a lot of names and faces that you probably know now and it's a well-shot and directed picture.  It's neat seeing two future RAISING ARIZONA (1987) cats, John Goodman and Sam McMurray as cops (but not together).  Daniel Stern is hilariously nutty.  This isn't a film that's doing anything all that different but the thing is, it's really fun and there aren't really any moments that drag.  Before you know it, it's over.  The Anchor Bay DVD sports a great anamorphic widescreen transfer with a few extras in the way of an anamorphic widescreen trailer, a commentary with director Cheek, writer Abbott and stars Heard, Curry and Stern, and a behind the scnes photo gallery.

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