Saturday, November 14, 2015

C.H.U.D. (1984)

IMDb plot summary: 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.
Directed by Douglas Cheek. Starring John Heard, Daniel Stern, Christopher Curry, and Kim Greist.

I get why this has a cult following, because it certainly has a delightfully preposterous premise. Unfortunately, it never really works as a cheesy horror flick, largely because it can't decide whether it wants to be a monster movie or a government conspiracy movie. This leads to a bizarre turn of events at the end where the evil government figure is killed, and the credits roll for what's supposedly a happy ending... except for the fact that the monsters are still fine and wandering around. Nothing's been done. What a wildly unsatisfying finale.

On top of that, none of these characters are pleasant or likable or heroic. They spend most of their time being negative and sarcastic or unnecessarily combative. Even 88 minutes was too long to spend with them.

Not a success as a good movie, not a success as a bad movie.

1 star.

How it entered my Flickchart:
C.H.U.D. < The Fortune Cookie
C.H.U.D. < Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus
C.H.U.D. < Basic Instinct
C.H.U.D. > Boys Town
C.H.U.D. > Black Sheep
C.H.U.D. < Monster House
C.H.U.D. < National Velvet
C.H.U.D. < Dumbo
C.H.U.D. > Hart's War
C.H.U.D. > Stepsister From Planet Weird
C.H.U.D. > Tuck Everlasting
Final spot: #2156 out of 2389.

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