Shocktober 2013: C.H.U.D.

Justin -- 05 October 2013

Last night Robin and I watched the 1985 movie C.H.U.D. It was definitely one of those movies I remember seeing in the video rental stores as a kid, when I would be ogling the covers of the VHS rentals in the horror section—much too afraid to watch any of them—my brain making up content based on the artwork that I have and still am discovering was much worse than what was really contained on the magnetic tape inside the plastic cassettes.

C.H.U.D. (VHS Box Art)

C.H.U.D. is definitely one of those movies for me. Most of the movie can best be described as “awesomely awful”. From the music and the effects to the story and pacing, it’s just kind of all over the place. The, seemingly, unintentional comedy throughout the thing is pretty great. At times you have to wonder whether the cast and crew realised they were making something truly terrible and was just having fun with it or if everyone was truly committed to making a quality cinematic experience. The government conspiracy theory “us vs. The Man”.

The cameos of, most likely then very unknown actors, got me really excited, too. Sam McMurray (a.k.a. Dr. Vic Schweiber from Freaks and Geeks) and a super young John Goodman both make an appearance here.

I think that overall this was better than I expected.

I’ll just leave this here.