C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud

C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud ★★★★

As horror fans we are familiar with sequels to our favourites that have little to no connection to the original, and while it is at times disappointing it doesn't mean the sequel is necessarily a bad movie and is often better viewed as an entirely separate film. C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud is a great example of a film that has only one similarity to the original, the word C.H.U.D. This is essentially a zombie movie where a group of teens accidentally awaken a government experiment that they lose track of and must hunt down before it turns the entire town into zombies.

Bud the Chud is basically a zombie comedy with some light horror elements and part of what makes it so fun is it never taking itself seriously and the goofy tone throughout. There's not much for blood and gore, but it's a lot of fun following the likable "good guys" as the area is taken over by a constantly growing posse of zombies, including a zombie poodle which beats out the one from The Boneyard as the world's greatest evil poodle.

Robert Vaughn shows up as a scenery chewing government official, the poodle attacks and drags away a mailman, there's a really ugly barber, an odd score with lots of drums, keyboards and guitars, a theme song, a Robert Englund cameo, Coca-cola product placement everywhere, zombies getting frozen, and a really ridiculous "bikini". It's certainly a lot of fun from start to finish. The cheesy humour won't be for everybody, but going into this with the knowledge of it being a comedy unfortunately named after a film it has nothing to do with should lead to a good time for most.

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