One of the staples of any horror movie section at your local video store in the 1980’s was the Douglass Cheek cult-classic C.H.U.D.(which stood for Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers). This perennial favorite of grind house fans was released in 1984 (when grind house cinemas actually still existed) and featured a surprising level of talent such as John Heard, Daniel Stern, Kim Griest, and a brief appearance by John Goodman as a police office at a diner in one of his first on-screen appearances.
It has been released a number of times on dvd (most recently in 2011 by Image Entertainment) but fans have to wait no longer for a cleaned-up version of one of their favorites. Arrow Video will release the film on blu-ray for the first time on November 16. The blu-ray release will feature a restored version of the film and the original uncompressed audio, as well as audio commentary by director Douglas Cheek, writer Shepard Abbott, and actors John Heard, Daniel Stern and Christopher Curry, new crew interviews, the original theatrical trailer, and English subtitles for the hearing impaired. The case will feature the ever-popular reversible sleeve featuring the original “man-hole” poster and newly commissioned artwork by Dan Mumford. The initial press run of the blu-ray will also contain a booklet that further details the production with new written material about the film.
One surprising group of fans that have stayed loyal to the C.H.U.D. army, and have kept the name in the pop culture zeitgeist, are the writers of the Simpsons. C.H.U.D. (and other parodies of the name such as the robot created by wiz-kid Martin called C.H.U.M. or Childlike Humanoid Urban Muchacho) account for nine references to the horror film over the course of nine episodes.
Look for a full review of the release on theHorror News Network during the first week of release on November 16th, 2016.