There’s something strange going on beneath the streets of New Yorks City. Folks are disappearing and the city is covering it up. It takes a ragtag team – documentary photographer George Cooper, NYC police captain Bosch and this week’s sidekick, A.J. “The Reverend” Shepherd, former hippie-turned-soup kitchen man of God - to uncover the truth about the mutant-making toxic waste the government has been dumping on the lower east side. Are there Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers in the subways? Are they eating people? Are they ready to live above ground? You bet.
With a hilarious environmental message, grimy portrayal of Manhattan, and bit part played by John Goodman, C.H.U.D. is very much a product of the ‘80s. Daniel Stern is perfect as the Reverend, barely a man of God whose conspiracy theories turn out to be fact.
Sidekick: A.J. “The Reverend” Shepherd (Daniel Stern)
Why this Sidekick Is Better Than the Lead: Without wild-haired Reverend, George would be lost beneath the New York City streets. The Reverend has the love of the underground dwellers, a healthy respect for people with mental illness who wield knives, and just enough paranoia to stay alive.
Moment of Glory: The Reverend takes on city council to reveal the truth about the deadly, flesh-eating C.H.U.D. and convince them to take action against the unlawful waste storage in a comedic moment of righteousness. (watch it in the video below)
Moment of Gory: When lives are threatened, the Reverend is forced to shed his hippie ways and get wild with a gun. Watch a fan-made video for C.H.U.D. below. It does a pretty great job of updating the original, but should have kept the original music.