“C.H.U.D.” isn’t my favorite of the CHUD movies. I like how stupid Bud the Chud gets, as I feel the later Street Trash improved dramatically on the feel of this movie. CHUD is a fun New World romp where John Heard and Daniel Stern got to be stars, as homeless mutant zombies stalked the dirty NYC streets. There’s something to say about the early distrust of Corporations and first team Reagan garbage. But, that’s about where it ends.
The iconography of the film has been rich for me for many reasons. But, what does it all mean? Early 80s cheap horror had an obsession with victimized poor people becoming monsters to tackle societal ills. Didn’t that happen in other decades? Sure, but this movie has one of the Wet Bandits! If this sounds like your cup of tea, then pick it up. Extra points if you pick up the Vestron disc for CHUD II and have the greatest double feature ever. Yeah, I’m going to keep defending CHUD II until the day I die.
- Brand new restoration from original film elements
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the Integral Cut from a new 2K film transfer
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the Original Theatrical Cut [Limited Edition Exclusive]
- Original Uncompressed PCM Mono Audio / Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Audio commentary by director Douglas Cheek, writer Shepard Abbott, and actors John Heard, Daniel Stern and Christopher Curry
- A Dirty Look- an interview with production designer William Bilowit
- Dweller Designs – an interview with special make-up effects and creature creator John Caglione, Jr.
- Notes from Above Ground: The NYC Locations of C.H.U.D. – featurette hosted by journalist Michael Gingold and filmmaker Ted Geoghegan
- Brand new audio track featuring isolated score selections and an interview with composers Martin Cooper and David A. Hughes
- Behind-the-Scenes Gallery
- Extended Shower Scene
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dan Mumford
- Fully illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Michael Gingold
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM Mono
RELEASE DATE: 11/22/16
- Video - 95%95%
- Audio - 93%93%
- Supplemental Material - 97%97%
- Film Score - 89%89%
The Plot Thus Far
C.H.U.D. follows 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.