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C.H.U.D. review
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underground cult for real

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theres a lot of films that claim cult status, this is one that earns it. its a dark, gritty, literally underground, 80's, toxic zombie gem that far too few people have seen. sure its not a shocker (the one really 'shock' scene...a bloody shower scene... is the most oddly out of place of the entire movie), and its on the slow side. but it builds to a sound, gory, creepy, the government sucks sort've story. i loved this movie, albeit i'd hesitate to recommend it to most people (its cult and it'll stay cult!!)

some how it reminded me of 'taxi' the tv show. it has that kind of dirty grittiness to it; albeit dirtier and grittier. also it has that kind of build up of a story that we just don't see anymore. it feels like a 70's movie moreso than an 80's movie. you'll care for these characters; good, bad, or otherwise....they represent something that we can believe however fantastic it may be.

homeless people living underground in NY start disappearing. a soup shelter man, a cop, and a photographer uncover the story of cannibalistic toxic zombies caused by waste left under the city. theres a touch of sci-fi to it but ultimately this is straight up toxic zombie zone....and its beautiful to see. great writing, effective special effects, believable characters, nice if grimy scenery, some real scares, some weird wild moments. everything about this movie works. sure it won't live up to today's standards, but it doesn't disappoint either.

this is the only film the director made. a shame really, its good stuff. it also co-stars the goofy lanky bad guy from the "home alone" series.

8/10
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Added by Sh4wn
9 years ago on 14 June 2009 06:56




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