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Review: C.H.U.D. (Arrow Video)

4 stars
Starring: John Heard, Daniel Stern, John Goodman, Frankie Faison, Patricia Richardson

Directed: Douglas Cheek

Release Date: November 22, 2016

Run Time: 96 Minutes

Format: Blu-Ray .Color: Color

Audio: English .Subtitles:

Distributor: Arrow Video



From the subterranean depths it crawls! Finally making its long-awaited debut on Blu-ray, director Douglas Cheek s cult 80s favorite C.H.U.D. is the ultimate underground movie experience.

In downtown Manhattan, a police captain s hunt for his missing wife leads to the discovery of a series of mysterious disappearances in the area. Extending his search into the tunnels and sewers below the city streets, it soon becomes clear that something monstrous is lurking in that subterranean world and it won t stay there much longer…

Starring John Heard (Home Alone) and Christopher Curry (Starship Troopers) alongside an early appearance from John Goodman, C.H.U.D. has justifiably built up a huge cult following in the years since its release in 1984, with one of the most iconic creature designs of the period.




Audio Language: English

Sound Quality is Good no distortion with clear audio but a Tad Thin

Rating: 4.5 stars


Picture Quality

Disc Format: Blu-Ray

The Picture Quality Looks great, Sharp looking with good Colors and deep blacks while still maintaining good non distracting Grain

Rating: 4.5 stars

Note: Equipment used to watch the film can be found below

Theatrical release Date: August 31, 1984 (USA)
Disc release Date: November 22, 2016 (USA)




  • Brand new restoration from original film elements
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original Uncompressed Mono PCM audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary by director Douglas Cheek, writer Shepard Abbott, and actors John Heard, Daniel Stern and Christopher Curry
  • Brand new crew interviews
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dan Mumford
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film


My Thoughts

C.H.U.D. is a Horror Creature Feature dealing with Cannibalistic Humanoid Under Ground Dwellers. A Photographer, A Cop and a Homeless Shelter Care Taker all have One thing in Common. They all stumble upon a secret being stored underground that is turning Homeless and underground folk into creatures. All Awhile Government and Local Town runners are trying to eliminate all the problems.

The story is a good follow, Nothing crazy and deep with a ton of Character building but a Story that has some depth and showcases a bunch of Actors you’ve seen before like Daniel Stern. The Gore factor is Solid with chopped up and ripped in half bodies but not super Bloody. Nude Factor is non but we had some chances of it but we didn’t get it. Horror factor was good, not scary but fun looking Creatures with a few scenes that hype a Thrill but no jumpy moments.

Overall the film was a good View, fun to watch and see Young Actors whom I’ve seen in newer films. It’s always fun to see that when viewing a first Time Older Horror Film. The film Makes me want to go pick up the Sequel and add to my collection. Changes I would loved to see would maybe be a Boob or Two and come to think about it we didn’t really see the creatures making a mess of People we only seen the aftermath, so that would have made this a better viewing.

With that said I give C.H.U.D. a 4 out of 5 for its fun entertainment factor with good horror feeling. Give a pick up Horror fans and Arrow Video Collectors.


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This Film was Played on the listed Equipment below

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Samsung (UN46C6900) 46-Inch 1080p LED HDTV

DVD/Blu-Ray Player

OPPO BDP – 103 (Highly Recommended)

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Stereo Receiver

Pioneer VSX-516-K 7.1-Channel

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(1) Center Speaker

Pioneer S-HF 11C

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(2) Front Speaker

KLH 9250B Floor – 350 watts

(4) Surround sound Speakers

KLH 100 watt Bookshelf

(1) Subwoofer

Sony SA-W3000 180 Watt 12″ sub

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Note: I Know my speakers are way outdated. OPPO Blu-Ray Player is one of the best around and used in most home theaters. The Receiver is pretty good but on the line of out dated. Subwoofer is good with tons of bass but not the theater quality from a $400 Sub. Front speakers are fun with tons of power and are good for standalone’s but higher end sound (Hz) is lower quality. Overall I need to update on all speakers granted I do get decent sound out of them just the higher end falls short.


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