TITLE: C.H.U.D. II Bud the CHUD
DIRECTOR: David Irving
WRITER: Ed Naha
CAST: Brian Robbins, Bill Calvert, Tricia Leigh Fisher, Robert Vaughn, Gerrit Graham
Two bumbling teenagers Steve (Brian Robbins, Head of the Class) and Kevin (Bill Calvert, Spider-Man) are punished by their science teacher and made to clean out his lab. They accidentally cause a corpse borrowed from the morgue to roll into traffic, and so they decide to steal another corpse from the morgue at the infectious diseases hospital. The corpse they nab happens to be an infected C.H.U.D.
Soon Bud the C.H.U.D. (Gerrit Graham, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose) reanimates and builds an army of C.H.U.D.’s and they wreak havoc on a suburban neighborhood at Halloween. With the help of their friend Katie (Tricia Leigh Fisher, ‘Til Death), Steve and Kevin try to find a way to round up the killer zombies and get rid of them once and for all. Bud also has developed a crush on Katie, and wants to make her his woman. They will also have to deal with the zealous Colonel Masters (Robert Vaughn, Pootie Tang) who wants to make the C.H.U.D.s his super army and a killer C.H.U.D. poodle.
THE GOOD: The special features are worth the price if you actually like cheesy 80’s horror flicks. The Vestron and Lionsgate really put a lot of effort into collecting the featurette interviews, which is impressive and appreciated.
THE BAD: Holy hell this is a terrible film. Much like Gremlins 2:The New Batch, they tried to make a parody sequel, but it doesn’t work. The acting is terrible, the story is terrible, the make-up is a joke. Was there a surplus of cash they needed to blow in order to get some sort of kickback?
Some notable names involved like Norman Fell (Mr. Roper from Three’s Company), June Lockhart (Lassie‘s mom), and we just lost Robert Vaughn this month and this is how we get to remember him? Oh the humanity.
Remastering C.H.U.D II: Bud the C.H.U.D. is like polishing a turd. If I were involved in the making of this film and someone told me they were releasing this on Blu-Ray and they were remastering the film, I would have to ask “why?” If you want to laugh hysterically at a super bad movie, and are a glutton for punishment, then sally forth.
TOTAL RATING: D-
REVIEWED BY: JM Willis