C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud – USA, 1989 – reviews

‘Their first mistake was stealing a corpse. Their second was waking him up.’

C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud is a 1989 American comedy horror feature film directed by David Irving from a screenplay by Ed Naha [as M. Kane Jeeves] (Omega Doom; Dolls; Troll). The movie stars Brian Robbins, Bill Calvert, Tricia Leigh Fisher, Gerrit Graham, Robert Vaughn and Larry Cedar.

Blu-ray synopsis:

“Kevin, Steve, and Katie are an inseparable trio of friends doing some extracurricular snooping in the school science lab when, among the test tubes and beakers, they discover a corpse! But before they can say “Abra Cadaver,” the body disappears, rolling down Route 51 strapped to a gurney. The kids need a spare stiff, and fast.

What they find is “Bud the Chud,” a half-dead decomposing humanoid, the result of a military experiment gone haywire. When Bud sets out on a killing spree, the kids, the Army, the police, and the FBI are hot on his trail, trying to save the entire town from becoming Chudified.”

Review:

C.H.U.D. – that’s Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dweller for those who still may not know – was an unexpectedly fun, no-nonsense variation on the zombie film in 1984; straight-faced, action-packed and pleasingly old-fashioned at a time when horror was rapidly being Tromatised with cynical, deliberately crass, instant cult movie efforts such as The Toxic Avenger.

C.H.U.D. probably didn’t need a sequel. It definitely didn’t need a 1989 sequel that was a dumb-ass comedy with the kind of awful, over-age teenage frat boy characters that every awful film of the 1980s was infected with.

Entirely disregarding the original film, this has two hapless college students – the nerdy guy and his mulleted, ‘cool’ friend – who accidentally revive a C.H.U.D. (which are now zombies, not mutants) – and have assorted, painfully unfunny adventures with him.

Depressingly, there are names in the cast who should have known better. Robert Vaughn looks completely embarrassed during his mercifully brief time on screen. Gerrit Graham must have cursed some ancient God in a past life to have ended up here. I can only hope both were well paid, at least. Everyone else is terrible in the way that late 1980s teen comedy casts can be.

Everything here is unforgivably dismal and horribly dated: the dreadful, overbearing score (complete with a theme song, for crying out loud), horrible, horrible people, bad acting, lousy dialogue and a smug, don’t-give-a-f*ckness to the whole thing. It could hardly be less insulting if  director David Irving and scriptwriter Ed Naha had simply filmed themselves pointing at the camera and laughingly mocking you as a complete loser for ninety minutes.

If you want to watch a film about two losers goofing around with a dead guy, there’s Weekend at Bernies, made the same year. There was no reason for C.H.U.D. II to have been made in the first place. And there’s even less reason to watch it now it’s on Blu-ray.

David Flint, MOVIES & MANIA

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Other reviews:

“All in all this movie is very stupid. Which is why it has gotten such a bad rap over the years. Personally I found it almost charming. It has just the right amount of nonsense to keep you laughing and interested for all 84 minutes. I say give it a go, especially if you like campy zombie movies.” 90 Lost Minutes

“It isn’t particularly fun as a comedy or as a b-movie, and clearly didn’t have a whole lot of care put into it. That said, it is certainly cheesy and hammy, and is probably worth giving a shot for bad movie fans. I just wouldn’t go in with any kind of high expectations, because this isn’t anywhere close to being a good-bad elite flick.” Misan[trope]y

“Its inherent tameness means there’s not even the gore novelty, pushing the balance toward Killer Tomatoes territory, when you’d rather be watching Return of the Living Dead. That said, it’s comfortingly familiar, moronic fun.” Rupert Harvey, Nerdly

“Filled with lame-brained humour and lacking even in cartoony gore this is probably one of the worst sequels on the books (it even joins the much maligned, Troll 2, on the list) with only character actor Gerrit Graham (as “Bud”) worthwhile amidst the mix of slapstick, jokes and various other groanable moments.” The Video Graveyard

“It’s up to you. Do you really want to see a cult classic like CHUD turned into a lame-o zombie comedy aimed at 8 year olds? If so, you may find it amusing. However, if you’re unable to divorce yourself from the memory of the original CHUD, this will be torture. Since I fall into the latter category, I say f*ck this movie.” The Video Vacuum

Choice dialogue:

Robert Vaughn “Cut the crap! Where’s the C.H.U.D.?”

Main cast and characters:

  • Brian Robbins … Steve Williams
  • Bill Calvert … Kevin
  • Tricia Leigh Fisher … Katie Norton
  • Gerrit Graham … Bud Oliver / Bud the C.H.U.D.
  • Robert Vaughn … Colonel Masters
  • Larry Cedar … Graves
  • Bianca Jagger … Velma
  • Larry Linville … Dr. Jewell
  • Judd Omen … Sam
  • Jack Riley … Wade Williams
  • Sandra Kerns … Melissa Williams
  • Norman Fell … Tyler
  • June Lockhart … Gracie
  • Rich Hall … Stan
  • Robert Symonds … Proctor
  • Priscilla Pointer … Doctor Berlin
  • Jo Ann Dearing … Susan
  • Frank Birney … Barber
  • Marvin J. McIntyre … Farmer (as Mr. Marvin J. McIntyre)
  • Ritch Shydner … Mailman
  • Jamie Lynn Grenham … Sally (as Jami Lynn Grenham)
  • Clive Revill … Dr. Kellaway
  • James F. Dean … Dr. Palmer
  • Gregory Phelan … Burger Bobby
  • Tony Edwards … Burl
  • Zachariah Sage Kerns … Timmy
  • Winifred Freedman … Ticket Taker
  • Peter Beckman … Cook
  • Mark Stuart Lane … Drunk (as Mark S. Lane)

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