Actor Gerrit Graham remembers C.H.U.D II: Bud the Chud in this exclusive clip
It’s crazy that Doug Cheek’s 1984 sewer chewer classic C.H.U.D. has become part of the collective pop culture dialect and yet so many have never seen it. It would be upsetting to think that some people’s perspective on the awesome C.H.U.D. legacy would come from the cheeseball 1989 comedy sequel C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud, a weirdo movie that has almost zero to do with the taut, smart original film save for cribbing the title.
The sequel is penned by former Fangoria scribbler Ed Naha (Dolls) and directed by David Irving (Night of the Cyclone) who, I guess both opted to drop any ties to the first film, thinking at the time that no one would give a toss and instead sort of ripped off Night of the Creeps and Return of the Living Dead. But he underestimated the fan base and C.H.U.D. II was pretty much universally reviled. Of course, like everything, the movie has found a very (very!) small cult which has led to its upcoming Blu-ray release this Tuesday from Lionsgate and the revived Vestron Video.
The movie sees a couple of kids steal a corpse from a military base as part of a hazing ritual and instead unleash Bud (the great Gerrit Graham from Phantom of the Paradise and Child’s Play 2), a frozen leftover C.H.U.D. (cannibalistic humanoid underground dweller). Soon there’s the usual flesh-eating zombie plague afoot though this one is played for laughs with a campy cast full of familar faces including M*A*S*H‘s Larry Linville, the late Robert Vaughan (Demon Seed), Three’s Company‘s Norman Fell and Bianca Jagger (ex of Mick) of all people hamming it up while Graham goes bananas.
It order to prep you for the Blu-ray release of C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud we have an exclusive clip from the film’s special feature below, with Graham flashing back on the fun he had making this ludicrous little sorta-sequel. Have a look and laugh and pre-order the film here.