Monday, October 14, 2019

31 Days of Halloween: "C.H.U.D." 1984

This might end up being the goofiest thing I write about all month long.

It's also probably the least scary movie on this whole list.

"C.H.U.D." which stands for Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers, was one of the VHS spines clearly visible in the opening moments of Jordan Peele's "Us." After explaining the type of experience you'll be in for, you can see how Peele was inspired by the movie. Both movies have to do with the underground, deserted tunnels that run under this country. Both have to do with civilizations unknown to regular people rising up from within. Both movies deal with some kind large-scale cover-up and both have to do with people who come out of the ground to kill you. The creatures from "C.H.U.D." were once human, but the dumping of toxic waste has mutated them, and has allowed them to feed on the homeless, and now they are rising to the top to feast.

It is a goofy movie. The mutants themselves are never really scary. Some of the scenes in the movie do fall flat. But it is kind of a fun reminder of how greasy and gross 1980's effects were. There was a certain reality that was present in many 1980's movies, and this definitely feels like a movie from that era. Daniel Stern, who was one of the wet bandits from "Home Alone" is absolutely hilarious in this. Plus, John Heard, who was the father in "Home Alone" is the main character, and he's very good here. It's also funny knowing where we'll see these guys again later.

Take the ride, its goofy fun.

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