C.H.U.D. (1984)

USA, 1984
35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Douglas Cheek.

Plot Summary

A series of disappearances in New York City are linked to a group of flesh eating monsters, C.H.U,D.s (cannibalistic humanoid underground dwellers), homeless street people who have mutated after being exposed to radioactive toxic waste dumped in the sewers.


Directed by: Douglas Cheek
Copyright MCMLXXXIV [1984] CHUD Partners
Andrew Bonime presents
Project developed by Bonime Associates. A production of Bonime Associates, Ltd
Executive Producer: Larry Abrams
Produced by: Andrew Bonime
Associate Producer for Bonime Associates, Ltd.: Thomas H. Field
Associate Producer: Alfonso Tafoya
Screenplay by: Parnell Hall
Story by: Shepard Abbott
Director of Photography: Peter Stein
Editor: Claire Simpson
Music Composed and Performed by: Cooper Hughes
Location Recordist: Harry Lapham
Costume Designer: Jennifer Lax
Makeup/Hair: Susan Giammusso
Special CHUD Makeup Created by: John Caglione Jr
CHUD Design Concepts: Tim Boxell
Additional Special Makeup Effects: Ed French
Flamethrower Effects: Matthew Vogel
Pyrotechnic Effects: Steve Kirshoff
Production Designer: William Bilowit
Casting by: Bonnie Timmermann

John Heard (George Cooper)
Daniel Stern (The Reverend)
Christopher Curry (Captain Bosch)
Laure Mattos (Flora Bosch)
Kim Greist (Lauren Daniels)
Brenda Currin (Francine)
Justin Hall (Justin)
Michael O’Hare (Fuller)
Cordis Heard (Sanderson)
Vic Polizos (Hays)
Eddie Jones (Chief O’Brien)
Sam McMurray (Crespi)
Frank Adu (interrogation cop)
Ruth Maleczech (Mrs Monroe)
J.C. Quinn (Murphy)
Patricia Richardson (ad woman)
Raymond Baker (ad man)
Beverly Bentley (Doris)
Graham Beckel (Val)
Gene O’Neill (Jackson)

Alternative Titles

C.H.U.D. – A Cidade das Sombras – Brazil
C.H.U.D. – New Yorkin alamaailma – Finland (video)
C.H.U.D. – Panik in Manhattan – West Germany
C.H.U.D. (Caníbales Humanoides Ululantes Demoníacos) – Spain
CHUD, infierno bajo la ciudad – Mexico
New Yorkin alamaailma – Finland (video)
Panika na Menhetnu – Yugoslavian (Serbian)
Tromos kato apo tin poli – Greece
Τρόμος Κάτω από την Πόλη – Greece
К.Г.П.О. – Russia

C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D. (1988)



  • Cinefantastique vol.10 no.4 (Spring 1981) p.6 – note
  • Écran Fantastique no.47 (July/August 1984) pp.8; 9-10 – review; illustrated interview with producer Andrew Bonime
  • Fangoria no.293 (May 2010) p.29 – illustrated article (Subterranean Shockers by Chris Alexander)
  • Fangoria no.297 (October 2010) pp.84-85 – illustrated interview with David A. Hughes (Sound Shock: David A. Hughes’ C.H.U.D. by Mars)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.282 no.43 (18 July 1984) pp.8, 20
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.52 no.613 (February 1985) pp.45-46
  • Screen International no.227 (9-16 February 1980) p.6 – note (US briefing)
  • Variety 18 July 1984 p.17


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.391-392
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.67
  • Nuclear Movies: A Filmography by Mick Broderick p.98
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.83-84