CHUD 2: Bud The CHUD throws out everything that was good about the original in favor of an attempted zombie-comedy.
The results, much like an original CHUD, are not pretty.
The original CHUD is one of the holy grails of B-Movies. It’s an almost entirely serious urban mystery story about a photographer and a reverend looking for missing homeless people and running into a government cover-up. What makes the movie legendary is that the solution to that mystery is just so f$%^ing bizarre. Basically, as a result of the government dumping nuclear waste in the city, there is a race of ‘cannibalistic humanoid underground dwellers’ living in the sewers, eating people.
In CHUD 2, the CHUD are reduced to intelligent zombies. They look perfectly human, except for some gray body paint and some ridiculous fake teeth. Instead of simply eating them, the new CHUDs just gnaw on people who then become CHUDs themselves.
After a prank gone wrong, three high school kids; the rebel guy, the nerdy guy, and the the girl, inadvertently release the last surviving product of the CHUD project, a man named Bud, into the city. Since he’s just a human with a strange appetite and it’s Halloween, Bud wanders around quite freely, periodically running into people and engaging in wacky hi-jinks which end with non-graphic attacks. Meanwhile, an army general is in hot, thought highly-ineffective pursuit.
This film really had no reason to be associated with CHUD at all. It shares nothing unique from the plot of the original; not the setting, characters, monsters, or tone. So, as a sequel, it’s a disappointing failure.
Judging it on its own merits, it fairs a little better. CHUD 2 pleasant and inoffensive. There’s nothing to set it apart from hundreds of other movies of this genre, but it isn’t slow or boring, either. It’s biggest problem is that the zombie-comedy genre has been done far better in the last few years, a a result, the jokes fall flat and it doesn’t feel as fresh or edgy as it otherwise may have.
If you liked CHUD, there’s no reason to assume you’d like this as well. If you like zombie-comedies, this is a competent early entry; watchable, but nothing to go out of your way for. The characters are pretty likable, which is usual and welcomed for a teen-horror movie from the ’80s. The movie is definitely more comedy than horror, though, so don’t expect any scares, or even tension.
CHUD 2 was included in the two disc, eight film ‘Horror Collection’ form Lionsgate. You can probably find it in your local Wal-Mart’s $5 bin. CHUD 2 is presented in anamorphic widescreen, and actually looks pretty good, even though the bit rate stays around 2.4 throughout. There are, of course, no extras.