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

C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud ★★★★

This was a great sequel to Return of the Living Dead! I don’t know if that’s how this screenplay started out, but it was definitely adapted from something else to be about “C.H.U.D.s”. For one thing, the creatures in this movie are distinctly C.H.A.D.s (Cannibalistic Humanoid Aboveground Dwellers). The titular Bud (an excellent Gerrit Graham) won’t even hang out in the basement for five minutes. Taken on its own merits, this is a very fun 80s teen comedy about a group of friends (including the director of Good Burger) who lose their science class cadaver when it goes careening down the highway. Forced to find a replacement, they steal a corpse from the CDC, and accidentally revive Bud the Chad, who spreads his zombie disease across the town, starting with a cute zombie poodle. There are moments I could have lived without, like when it tries to elicit sympathy for a very adult zombie who is lovesick over a teenage girl. But for the most part, I found this very endearing and funny. And it has its own theme song!

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