Sunday, December 14, 2014

C.H.U.D. (1984)

Photographer George and his model girlfriend Lauren rent a loft space where they can live and George can have his darkroom.  George is currently photographing the homeless, but some of his subjects haven't been around lately.

AJ is a former criminal who runs a soup kitchen and has noticed that most of his regulars who live in the subway tunnels have disappeared. Due to the volume of missing people, AJ reported this to the policy, but Chief Bosch doesn't take an interest in the report until his own wife disappears from the neighborhood.

With multiple reports of missing people, Bosch tries to get support from the local government officials. But they ignore him and tell him to keep things quiet.  So Bosch and AJ track down George, and when he's not home, they end up rifling through his darkroom to find photos to support their suspicions.

It turns out there is something terribly wrong in the tunnels and the government is involved in a cover up involving C.H.U.D.s - Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers.  These monsters are hungry and have discovered that there is more food to be found by coming up from the underground.

Horror movies front the 1980s tend to a have charm that recent movies lack.  C.H.U.D. is an enjoyable flick with decent actors.  It's got monsters and a simple storyline. Also it's much better than C.H.U.D. II, which veers into wacky teen comedy territory.

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