C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D. (1989)

Ah, comedy horror. This movie is terrible, but it’s ridiculously, hilariously terrible. I love C.H.U.D. 2. I know I have bad taste. I don’t care. C.H.U.D. 2 is hilariously awful and awfully hilarious. It’s incredibly stupid, it knows it, and it runs with it. Laugh at the CHUDs behavior. Thrill to its theme song, which is not as good as Are You Ready for Freddy, but it’s up there. Have a blast with Robert Vaughn in my second favorite of his movie roles. Sure, it doesn’t beat Pootie Tang, but nothing beats Pootie Tang. Pootie Tang is an American cinematic masterpiece. Suck it, Citizen Kane.

Basically a couple of teens lose a cadaver for a biology class, so they sneak into a hospital and steal a top secret military bio-weapon, a CHUD named Bud. Bud wakes up in a bathtub after getting electrocuted with a hair dryer, and suddenly the teens think they’re onto Weird Science.

Unfortunately for them, Bud is a bit more interested in eating brains, converting the townsfolk into his brethren, and falling in love than in being a hot woman, so Weird Science is quickly left behind. This leads to marvelous moments such as a CHUD poodle mauling a postman, awful CHUD dance moves, and even a subtle guest appearance by Robert Englund. Also one scared little girl thinks she is having a nightmare, and the ending that would make Joe Dante weep with joy for how much everyone loves the movie Gremlins. Because everyone loves the movie Gremlins. You know you do.

God bless you, C.H.U.D. 2, you glorious piece of trash. This movie takes the basic concept of the original film C.H.U.D. and then runs in a totally different direction. As a result, I actually prefer watching this one. The original is far more serious. This movie? This movie makes references to It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. This movie has a dead body flying down the street on a gurney. This movie is fantastic.

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