Alternate titles : New York's Underworld

Tagline : "They're not staying down there anymore!"

DescriptionThere's something nasty lurking under the streets of New York, in this cult monster movie from the mid-80s, and people are going missing from the Big Apple at an increasingly alarming rate. Tasked with finding out what's behind the recent spate of dissapearances, is New York Detective Bosch (Christopher Curry). Who has been alerted to something decidedly dodgy going on in the sewers by newspaper reporter George Cooper, whose been doing a story on the cities homless population.

His friend AJ (Daniel Stern of "Home Alone" infamy), who runs a homeless shelter, has noticed a lot of his regulars, who live underground in the citys storm drains, have apparently vanished. And an investigation into the labyrinth of tunnels under the streets has unearthed evidence of nasty creatures living down there.

But with the city's mayor seemingly involved in some sort of cover up, they find it even more of a struggle to convince him to do something about these "Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers" that have been popping out of the manholes to abduct unwary city folk. But when a reporter gets killed and one of Bosch's SWAT teams, armed with flamethrowers, is wiped out by whatever's down there, he's finally forced into taking action. But with the monsters now on the rampage, will it be too late and what else down there has the Mayor really been covering up?

A huge hit on home video back in the mid-80s, C.H.U.D. holds up pretty well against todays films and is still wildly entertaining. Though after seeing the film on DVD, noticed that some scenes had been switched around from it's old UK VHS release (or rather, put back in the right order). But don't worry about that, if you haven't seen this before, check it out at once and you won't be dissapointed. Even if its just for the outrageous monster costumes, complete with glowing eyes (though perhaps the less said about "C.H.U.D 2 - Bud the Chud" the better).

Look out for comedy actor John Goodman, who has a minor role as a police officer during the diner scene. Sharper eyed viewers may also recognise US TV actor Jay Thomas as his partner.

Overall Marks : 7/10.

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