Now on Blu-ray: The Zany Zombie Comedy ‘C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud’

VANAPHASE™ the Vanadium powerhouse!

C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud

C.H.U.D. wasn’t a particularly great B-movie, but it did have one of the great acronyms of all-time – Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers. A memorable title like that alone would warrant a sequel in the late ‘80s with 1989’s C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud, which is one of the latest releases from the resurrected Vestron Video. C.H.U.D. II isn’t so much a horror film as a horror-comedy hybrid that hasn’t aged well. Oddly enough, there’s not a single moment underground for these Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers, as this army of Chuds spend the entire film roaming the streets of suburbia, chopping fleshing and growing their numbers.

C.H.U.D. II opens with the military suspending their plans for the C.H.U.D. program of cannibalistic soldiers of the undead (something that is quite prevalent in these recent Vestron releases) much to the chagrin of Colonel Masters (Robert Vaughn). They transport their last Chud, Bud the Chud (Gerrit Graham) to a facility in suburbia. In the quaint suburban community, a trio of teens – Steve (Brian Roberts), Kevin (Bill Calvert), and Katie (Tricia Leigh Fisher) – accidentally lose a cadaver for their science class and when attempting to replace it steal the body of Bud the Chud from the military facility. Of course, Bud gets loose and starts infecting the citizens of this quiet suburban community, creating an army of Chuds that roam the streets on the days before Halloween. Now it’s up to the trio of teens with a small assist from Colonel Master to contain the Chud outbreak and save the town.

The comedy of director David Irving and screenwriter Ed Naha’s sequel is extremely broad. Only the veteran actor Robert Vaughn seems to be hamming it up in the most appropriate fashion, playing a military leader that fetishizes the chaotic violence his experiments have unleashed. Sadly, the versatile Gerrit Graham (Beef from Phantom of the Paradise) is tasked with playing a generic zombie. Graham is never allowed to display his talents beyond a wonky zombie. The targets that Bud the Chud transforms range from barbers to women doing aerobics to a pet poodle. And it all culminates in the most ‘80s fashion possible, with the zombie Chuds crashing a Halloween party and transforming an entire dancehall of people into the cannibalistic undead. I hate to say it, but the humor of C.H.U.D. II lacks bite.

There’s probably nothing more disappointing about C.H.U.D. II than its noticeable lack of gore for an R-rated horror film. The cannibalistic carnage is so sanitized that it doesn’t even provide the basest thrills that gorehounds would look for in a B-movie piece of shlock. Anytime a Chud is moving in for the kill, the camera cuts away from the action, allowing an off camera scream to supplant any visceral terror.

Among the special features on the Vestron Video Blu-ray is audio commentary with director David Irving. There are three interview featurettes with Gerrit Graham, Tricia Leigh Fisher, and makeup artist Allan Apone each recounting their experiences and the legacy of C.H.U.D. II. Rounding out the special features is a stills gallery and the film’s original trailer.

Devotees to C.H.U.D II: Bud the Chud will be pleased with this edition from Vestron Video. For those that are just regular horror fans with an appetite for gore, C.H.U.D. II is just middling sequel that barely resembles the tone and feel of its predecessor. The movie has a pretty good cast headlined by Gerrit Graham and Robert Vaughn, but they’re secondary players in fairly generic ‘80s horror film that doesn’t feature any moments that differentiate the movie from countless other ‘80s horror movies. The tagline for C.H.U.D. II is “They’re not staying down there anymore!” which is quite true, considering the fact that these Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers are never once underground over the 80-odd minutes of ‘80s inanity.

YogaOutlet.com

Leave a Reply

Animation/Anime Interviews Animation/Anime News Animation/Anime Reviews Film/TV Interviews Film/TV News Film/TV Review
one punch man
One Punch Man’s Master License Secured by Viz Media

VIZ Media has secured the master license for the second season...

Solo Press Conference
The Cast and Crew of ‘Solo’ Discuss Making a Different Kind of ‘Star Wars’ Movie

There was a sense of relief when the cast and crew...

Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life
Steve Martin and Martin Short Shine in ‘An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life’

Steve Martin and Martin Short have worked together quite a few...

Enabled Gaming Gaming News Gaming Reviews
Coffee Crisis Review
8.5/10
Strong, Hard, and Full of Flavor – Coffee Crisis Review

Save the world from evil aliens and grandparents who are out...

Nexon Brings Hyper Universe to Xbox One This Summer

From the makers of Maple Story, Nexon is bringing their side-scrolling action...

Coffee Crisis Interview with C# Developer Nick Mann

Check out our Coffee Crisis Interview with C# Developer Nick Mann...

Comic Creator Interviews Comic/Graphic Novel News Comic/Graphic Novel Reviews Manga News Manga Reviews Novel/Novella Author Interviews Novel/Novella News Novel/Novella Reviews
thousand year beach
The Thousand Year Beach – Viz Media Debuts Acclaimed Sci-Fi Novel

“The Thousand Year Beach presents an idyllic virtual world, still running...

Action Comics No. 1000 gets a Super-Sized Deluxe Edition Release

From DC Comics – Burbank, CA – (April 30, 2018) –...

7.5/10
‘The Prisoner #1’ is an Intricate and Entertaining Tale of Intrigue

The Prisoner #1 Story by: Peter Milligan Art by: Colin Lorimer Coloring by: Joana...

Apparel/Personal Maintenance News Apparel/Personal Maintenance Reviews Entertainment Product News Entertainment Product Reviews Food/Beverage Reviews Hardware News Hardware Reviews Mystery Box News Mystery Box Reviews
Work-Play Lens
High-Tech Meets High Fashion in GUNNAR Optiks New Work-Play Lens

GUNNAR Optiks partners with Publish to release new Work-Play Lens that...

Keep Your Gear from Not Feeling So Good – Infinity War Skins Review

Skinit goes for the head with their Avengers: Infinity War skins –...

Spring/Summer 2018: adidas Sports Updates Line of Mobile Accessories

April 2018 — adidas Sport launches collection of lightweight products designed to...

Arena Football Automotives MMA, Kick Boxing & Boxing Professional Wrestling
Showtime to Air ‘Bipolar Rock ‘N’ Roller’ Mauro Ranallo Doc on May 25th

From Bellator MMA and Showtime – New York – April 30,...

Bas Rutten Talks Kicking Opioid Addiction with the Help of Receptra CBD Oil

  One of the most decorated MMA champions and UFC Hall...

Roxy Astor Meets With GLOW…the Netflix Version

As much as people love drama, there was nothing but love...

Adult Continuity Comics on the Can Cultural Junk Drawer Future Comic Rock Stars Is That Racist? Revisiting the Reviled THAT'S NOT ROTTEN! The B-Reel The Cantina Scene This Week in Crowdfunding What the HELL Did I just...?
Adult Continuity Issue #13 – Avengers XXX – A porn parody

I review AvengersXXX and make masturbation jokes. Be smart with your Fapdollar(tm);...

Comics on the can – Black Panther (Priest run) Issue #46

Comics on the can muses about Black Panther during Priest's legendary...

MissionFest Wine, Craft Beer and Food Festival Takes Place 4th of July Weekend

MissionFest™ Wine, Craft Beer, Food and Music Festivals, combines two great...

Event News Event Reviews
KOEI TECMO America Announces Dead or Alive EVO Showdown 2018

KOEI TECMO America Announces Dead or Alive EVO Showdown 2018, A Celebration...

The Music Tastes Good Volume III Line Up Has Been Announced

Music Tastes Good Volume III, presented by 89.9 KCRW, Line Up has...

free comic book day
Free Manga from VIZ Media for Free Comic Book Day

TLDR: VIZ Media will provide free manga samplers on Free Comic...

Gaming Uncensored Toon-In-Talk
Gaming Uncensored: Year in Review 2016

A look back at the year in gaming. Related

Gaming Uncensored Roundtable: December 2016

December’s roundtable discusses story in games with Chad, Josh, and Spencer....

Gaming Uncensored: Podcast #349

Jamie reflects on some of his time with the HTC Vive....

Music Interviews Music News Music Reviews
Rising Country Music Artist Kaylin Roberson Talks About her work with St. Jude

Kaylin Roberson is a singer, songwriter and pianist from Raleigh, North...

MTV Unveils Performers for ‘TRL Live’ on October 3rd at 3 p.m. E.T.

NEW YORK, NY (September 26, 2017) – MTV today announced that...

Long Beach Punk Band ‘Spider’ Rocks ‘It’s Not Dead’ Festival

Spider is a heavy hitting punk band out of Long Beach,...

%d bloggers like this: