BY BLAINE MCLAREN
If you grew up in the 80s and early 90s you probably have some vague memory of seeing Daniel Stern in a (gritty) New York City movie called C.H.U.D. It was one of those films that always played after reruns of Star Trek and helped inform the tastes of a whole generation of burgeoning nerds. The truth is that I had not seen this film since my teens and I was excited to visit this movie again with fresh eyes. What I remembered was a very basic monster flick, but what I got was a smart and entertaining piece of Americana. In my younger years I never noticed all of the social commentary (and there is tons of it on display in this film)…but lets not forget that there are also some kick ass monsters too.
C.H.U.D. tells the story of a police captain (John Heard) who is investigating the mysterious disappearances of people in a neighborhood of New York City, including his wife. His investigation leads him to the sewers and he uncovers a gruesome monster (or monsters) that is preying on unsuspecting victims. He teams up with a local (Daniel Stern) and the two attempt to discover what is behind it all.
This film holds up and documents a lost era of a truly dangerous feeling New York City that my generation will only know from movies like this. Most monster movies have some thinly veiled social message, but C.H.U.D. addresses social issues head on. We are dropped into a world of homeless people and government cover ups that feel just as relevant now as it did in 1984. This Blu Ray release keeps the magic this film offered over thirty years ago and will (hopefully) expose a whole new generation to its subtle genius.
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