C.H.U.D. 2: Bud the Chud (1989)

Posted: January 31, 2014 in Movie Review
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Directed By: David Irving

Starring: Gerrit Graham, Brian Robbins, Bill Calvert, Tricia Leigh Fisher, Robert Vaughn

Thoughts:
A sequel can often times go in a bit of a different direction than the first movie.  It happens all the time, but in the case of CHUD 2, the studio went in a completely different direction. About the only resemblance to the first movie is the use of the CHUD acronym.

We are led to believe that the military is working on a CHUD program to create a new type of weapon.  In an obvious plot device, one of the CHUDs escapes and hilarity ensues.  Gone are the radioactive cannibals from the first movie.  Instead we get Gerrit Graham with pointy teeth and penchant for peering into windows like the neighborhood Peeping Tom.  The movie has more in common with 80s comedies than horror movies, a lot more.

The cast has all your typical screwballs, including the aforementioned Gerrit Graham who you might recognize as the swinging father from another crazy 80s movie TerrorVision.  He plays the titular Bud, infecting the town and turning them into CHUDs and even choreographing a flash mob (way before its time!). There really aren’t any acting gems here in CHUD 2 and it’s hard to judge performances on such a silly movie.

Who do we have to thank for delivering this interesting take on one of my favorite 80s monsters?  That would be director David Irving.  In what has to be more than coincidence, the only thing that Irving has done since is work on documentaries (just like the director of the first CHUD).

I honestly don’t like this sequel much, but that has more to do my love for the first movie than anything else.  CHUD 2 is barely in the horror realm.  The only thing that ties it horror is the first movie and the fact that Bud is a creature of sorts.  The movie isn’t scary or gory and will have you groaning more than anything else.  If you love cheesy 80s comedies, then you will probably like this one.

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