Friday, October 25, 2013

C.H.U.D. (1984)

Number Rolled: 80
Movie Name/Year: C.H.U.D. (1984)
Genre: Horror
Length: 96 minutes
Rating: R
Director: Douglas Cheek
Writer: Parnell Hall, Shepard Abbot, Christopher Curry, Daniel Stern
Actors: 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, J.C. Quinn, Ruth Maleczech, George Martin

People are beginning to disappear from Soho, leaving a frustrated cop to investigate. When he’s prevented by his superiors from continuing, he winds up having to work with a homeless man in order to attempt to get to the bottom of things. Meanwhile, a photojournalist gets a look at what might be at the heart of the trouble and is too disconnected to know it.

I’ve had this movie on my list for a long time. For most of that time, I was actively hoping not to roll it. Quite frankly, the description seemed ridiculous to me. My attitude completely changed when I found out this was a cult movie. Any time I see a movie with that label, I feel a need to know why.

It started out slow, and stayed that way for almost the entire first half of the movie. For over a half hour I was bored and wondering why there was such a hype made about it. When the story finally picked up I understood the cult label, but that doesn’t mean I think it was all that great. I am certainly not a member of the cult’s following.

“C.H.U.D.” had its amusing moments, but I found myself (more than once) wondering how a certain character knew something or why the storyline seemed to jump forward a step. I understand it was made in the early 80’s, but I’m not complaining about the effects or costumes. In fact, there were some wounds in the movie that I thought looked fantastic, even by 2013 standards. Those aspects were definitely not the problem. The issue was with continuity errors and a weak script.

The mix of horror and comedy was good, though, and I can understand the people who have a view opposing mine. I get why people like it. I just don’t.

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 3/5
Overall Opinion – 2/5

P.S. There’s a sequel: “C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud”

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