LOUISVILLE LOVES HORROR #25: El Chubbs of Vaderbomb LOVES C.H.U.D. (1984)

In my estimation, hardcore punkers Vaderbomb have become one of Louisville’s most ferociously badass rock and roll bands. Over the last five years or so, these dudes have solidified themselves as a must-see attraction as a live band with their brand of professional wrestling themed songs and mysterious lucha libre masks. Their fantastic 2012 D.D.P.E.P. album has stayed in my personal rotation over the years, but I must say that a new record seems a bit overdue.

And that’s why I’m happy to announce that the band has just finished recording a new record! While I don’t know when it will officially be released or what they’re going to call it, I can tell you with certainty that it’s fucking real, and we’ll have more details on it’s impending discharge.

We last heard from Vaderbomb frontman/singer El Chubbs when he participated in our now-defunct MOVIE MONDAYS series, where we asked folks around town involved in Louisville’s music community to chat about a few of their favorite films. Naturally, we had to reach back out him to see if he’d be willing to talk about one of his ace horror flicks as part of our ongoing daily LOUISVILLE LOVES HORRORseries; thankfully, he was nice enough to contribute with a review/retrospective of a bizarre 80’s movie that introduced us to cannibalistic humanoid underground dwellers…


“What do you want a gun for, Victor?”
“To shoot them.”
“… To shoot who?”
“Dem ugly fuckers.”
“What ugly fuckers?”
“Any ugly fucker that comes around here.”

I picked the Trash-Can Nachos of B horror movies: C.H.U.D. With the combination of amazing radioactive creatures, sub par action, and a few familiar faces, C.H.U.D. definitely disgusts and delights me.

Daniel Stern is probably one of my favorite actors. He’s always been kind of different looking. He plays goofy characters and I have an affinity for people that can still pull off a career where they are maybe viewed as an outsider. He reminds me a lot of Mick Foley, but for acting. He gets cast to the side fairly often but I always remember him before anyone else.

This time he plays a chef/reverend/true dirt freak in charge of a soup kitchen with a tight tie to the homeless and slightly depraved. When his constituents start going missing he goes on a mission with the help of a beat cop and a photographer only to uncover a toxic government fuck up resulting in Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers.

When I was younger I could get away with watching Toxic Avenger movies but not many horror movies so I’m always down for something that is super campy and over the top. The dialogue isn’t great and the story is a little convoluted, but this movie is a fun break from more serious horror films. C.H.U.D. isn’t particularly scary, it’s just weird and gross. People get eaten and there’s some gore, but it’s fairly tame.

SPOILER ALERT: There’s a dead dog in it. I hate that shit. Why do you always have to kill the dog? C’mon.