Mystery Fest: C.H.U.D.
1984 horror movie
Plot: A photographer, a policeman, and a hippie try to figure out why so many people are disappearing in New York City. They discover something terrible living in the sewers.
Other than the incomparable Daniel Stern, there was only one thing I liked about this movie: low shots of manhole covers being lifted by the titular cannibalistic humanoid underground dwellers while unsuspecting citizens do whatever they're doing. There are a couple shots like that, and those are effective. Other than that, this doesn't really work as a good or bad movie. It's just sort of boring. I do like the underground abodes of the homeless characters, reminiscent of Dark Days, and the urban decay of wherever this was actually filmed adds to the atmosphere. I guess I would have liked to see more of the cannibalistic humanoid underground dwellers, just to add to the cheese. This focuses more on the characters trying to figure things out, and none of that is interesting enough to drive the film. It could have been better and it could have been worse which makes it not worth the time. This is the only full-length movie Douglas Cheek ever directed which seems weird to me.