Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers. Hell yes. While I’m sure I’m pretty lonely in the fan-boat of the 1984 B-Masterpiece C.H.U.D. there is at least one other person in here with me – Rob Zombie. News surfaced recently at Film Junk reporting the House of A Thousand Corpses helmer will be handling a remake of the aforementioned acronym heavy horror flick.
While I think most of us would prefer to see original content, I’m actually really excited at this prospect. Rob Zombie is one of a handful of directors who shows real growth and a passion for what he does. Watch his movies in order and you’ll see his writing, directing, and storytelling get better each time. Compare that to some other wunderkinds, like Eli Roth, and you’ll notice Roth went from “ok” to “slightly more ok” to “bad” and failed to learn anything on his journey. So far we’ve seen Zombie handle quasi-supernatural psychopathic killers (Halloween) and regular psychopathic killers (The Devil’s Rejects) and I’m really excited to see what he can do with honest to goodness monsters. I feel his jittery, gruesome style will highlight monster attacks with an exciting and frightening conviction.
The original C.H.U.D. featured Daniel Stern (Home Alone) and followed the always effective partnership of a police officer with a reporter and a sort of homeless hippie bum to solve the mystery of the disappearances of several people, many of them homeless, in New York. The story delves underground stumbling across a chemical dumping area and an entire legion of of the C.H.U.D. who were sufficiently gross, violent, and awesome. More as it develops.