C.H.U.D. (1984) is about Contamination Hazard Urban Disposal that turns people into Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers. The people appear to be the homeless population of New York City who lives in the abandoned tunnels.
The film has some disconnect for me initially with the woman walking her dog getting taken by something from a manhole cover jumping to a photographer and his model girlfriend. Then comes the setup when those two worlds collide, though it still feels a bit disconnected.
When the full C.H.U.D. is shown, I’m impressed and creeped out by it. The glowing eyes add a nice extra something that it needed. There are similarities to zombies with the monsters, though it’s not clear that it’s a thing until the fun starts.
C.H.U.D. is one of those movies 1980s movies that I think aged well; please don’t remake it. I give it 3.5 out of 5 Stars.
Check back next week when I talk about C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D. (1989).