Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud (1989)

Directed by:
David Irving

I don't know of anybody who actually wanted a sequel to the critical and commercial failure C.H.U.D. (1984), but here is one anyway. It’s pretty much just another stupid late 80s horror-comedy (there were far too many of these during this time), but the saving grace here is Gerrit Graham, who is pretty amusing and shows a gift for physical comedy as the titular bumbling ghoul. Some teenagers steal a corpse for a Halloween prank, not knowing that the seemingly docile dead body, when unthawed, will come to life as a flesh-eating zombie. Things get out of hand in town when characters that are bitten by "Bud" also turn into "C.H.U.D." (C.annibalistic H.umanoid U.nderground D.wellers., in case you've forgotten) and attack others.

Looking over the cast list, you'll probably recognize a lot of the familiar names (Robert Vaughn, June Lockhart, Norman Fell, Rich Hall, Priscilla Pointer, Clive Revill, etc.) but most are either completely wasted in cameos or just poorly used. Star Brian Robbins (then on the TV series Head of the Class) went on to direct GOOD BURGER, THE SHAGGY DOG, VARSITY BLUES and THE PERFECT SCORE. A horrifying list, indeed. Leading lady Tricia Lee Fisher is the daughter of Eddie Fisher and Connie Stevens. Robert Englund also appears in an uncredited cameo. Scriptwriter "M. Kane Jeeves" is actually Ed (HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS) Naha. Do not watch this movie!


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