C.H.U.D. [Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers] feels like a 1950's creature feature that is draped in the worst of 80's music and fashion. Ditch these two elements, turn off the color and we have a film similar to the classic Them! (1954) but not quite as good.
C.H.U.D. is a bit of a slow burner at first. It's the perfect movie for a lazy Sunday afternoon where, if you dose off for a few minutes, you can pick up where you left off. In classic Hitchcock fashion, director Douglas Cheek knows that what you don't see on screen can be scarier than what is seen on screen. Therefore, we only see bits and pieces of the CHUD-ites until the end of the film. This is a good thing because the actual site of these creatures produces more laughter than screams. It's good fun though and the CHUD-its are well made and imaginative.
C.H.U.D. is also enhanced by the acting talents of John Heard [The Seventh Sign, Big, Home Alone] and Daniel Stern [Home Alone, Whip It] who are front and center in this film. Both of them usually give solid to excellent performances on screen and they do a good job here.
If you like B-movies, you will definitely enjoy this one. It's not one of the best horror movies of the 80's but it is far from the worst.
RATING: Very Good.
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