C.H.U.D. Film Still


Douglas Cheek

C.H.U.D. Criterion Blu-Ray

12 Jul 2011


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Out of Print
  • United States
  • 1984
  • 96 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #573

SYNOPSIS: A rash of bizarre murders in New York City seems to point to a group of grotesquely deformed vagrants living in the sewers. With its surprisingly gritty depiction of urban life, noirish cinematography by Peter Stein (Ernest Goes to Jail), and groundbreaking makeup effects, this Reagan-era chiller remains one of the truest depictions of Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers yet put on film.

Cast & CreditsOpen


George CooperJohn Heard
A.J. “The Reverend” ShepherdDaniel Stern
Captain BoschChristopher Curry
Lauren DanielsKim Griest


DirectorDouglas Cheek
StoryShepard Abbott
ScreenplayParnell Hall
CinematographyPeter Stein

Disc Features


  • New digital restoration of the unrated director’s cut, including “excessively violent” shots cut from the theatrical release to avoid an X rating, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Optional soundtrack dubbed in the guttural language of C.H.U.D. (DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition)
  • Two audio commentaries, one by director Douglas Cheek and one by filmmaker Pedro Costa
  • Visual essay by Tag Gallagher
  • Morning in Underground America, a feature documentary about the making of C.H.U.D.
  • The Humanoid and the Professor, a conversation with Kent Jones
  • Film-to-storyboard comparison
  • Downloadable MP3 of the 1987 radio dramatization, featuring Eric Bogosian
  • Theatrical and teaser trailers
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by film writers J. Hoberman and Dennis Lim, a reprint of the manifesto Cheek issued on the film’s release, and sheet music for the original score

Other Editions

C.H.U.D. Criterion DVD

12 Jul 2011


2 Discs

SRP: $29.95

Out of Print