C.H.U.D. II: Bud The Chud is the sequel to, well, C.H.U.D. And unlike it’s precursor, it takes the concept into a much more comedic area. But is this the right move for the budding franchise? Well, read on to find out…
Kevin, Steve, and Katie are an inseparable trio of friends doing some extracurricular snooping in the school science lab when, among the test tubes and beakers, they discover a corpse! But before they can say “Abra Cadaver,” the body disappears, rolling down Route 51 strapped to a gurney. The kids need a spare stiff, and fast. What they find is “Bud the Chud,” a half-dead decomposing humanoid, the result of a military experiment gone haywire. When Bud sets out on a killing spree, the kids, the Army, the police, and the FBI are hot on his trail, trying to save the entire town from becoming Chudified.
And that’s pretty much it. Except that Bud the Chud falls in love with the female teen, Katie, and there is a C.H.U.D. poodle. Yes, a poodle.
Now, there is a rumour that the script for C.H.U.D. II: Bud The Chud began life as a sequel to Return Of The Living dead. And, after watching the film, I can see that this could indeed be the case. The film does feel more like a ROTLD series entry than a C.H.U.D. film, with this films C.H.U.D.s being very close to ROTLDs verbose, thinking zombies.
That being said, as a sequel to C.H.U.D., it works far better than it has any right to. The original film was a pretty grim, serious horror movie, and this sequel is about as far away from that as possible. Gore is kept to the bare minimum, there is zero nudity, and almost no foul language (although the films veteran star Robert Vaughn does get to utter one of the best uses of the word “fucking” I’ve ever heard). Instead, the film sits squarely in the PG13 bracket, a la The Gate, with slapstick C.H.U.D.s, silly gags, and fairly tame violence.
The plot isn’t revolutionary by any means, being simple yet effective. The characters are all pretty fun, with our lead teens being fairly likeable, the Military being pretty incompetent, and the C.H.U.D.s being entertaining. Especially Bud himself. Played with a knowing level of camp by Gerrit Graham, Bud is the star of the film, being constantly entertaining throughout.
Yes, the film is slight, with little meat to its story, but it does pass 85 minutes very pleasantly.
Unlike most Vestron Collectors Series discs, C.H.U.D. II: Bud The Chud is rather slim on the ground regarding extras:
- AUDIO COMMENTARY with Director David Irving.
- INTERVIEWS: Actor Gerrit Graham, Actress Tricia Leigh Fisher, Special Effects Artist Allan Apone.
- VIDEO TRAILER.
- STILL GALLERY.
What there, however, is pretty good. I just wish there was more of it.
The film itself looks pretty damned good. The transfer is nice, if a little grainy and soft at times much like many other low budget films of the era. Audio is a simple yet effective 2.0 Dolby DTS mix.
C.H.U.D. II: Bud The Chud The Verdict:
C.H.U.D. II: Bud The Chud is worth getting if you can find it for a reasonable price. At the time of writing, it is available for £10 on Amazon UK.
3.5/5 Fiends. A fun night in.
Buy it: Amazon.co.uk