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Bud The C.H.U.D.

TRACK #135:

Bud the C.H.U.D. by Kipp Lennon

Since our Halloween movie countdown is focusing on Halloween Seqeuls, let’s keep the sequel soundtrack train rolling over here with a tune from an actual Halloween sequel.

If you’re a C.H.U.D. fan, a horror fan or even just a normal person trying to sit down and watch an enjoyable movie, C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D. doesn’t have a whole hell of a lot to offer you.

If you’re Halloween Shindig, a blog centered around a Halloween Playlist which encompasses all types of random nonsensical horror-related music from the movies, suddenly C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D. has something quite fantastic to offer.

And that thing is out next number, by-liner title track Bud The C.H.U.D. from Kipp Lennon.

Who the hell is Kipp Lennon?

That’s a great question. Apparently he’s a founding member of the folk group Venice. Yeah, I’d never heard of them either.

However, it appears he’s also the voice behind mental patient Leon Kompowski who believes he’s Michael Jackson in the Simpsons episode “Stark Raving Dad.” As such, he’s the guy who sings “Happy Birthday Lisa.” That’s pretty weird.

Seems he’s had a handful of gigs impersonating Michael Jackson’s voice. He doesn’t do that here unfortunately, presumably using his natural God-given sound to accentuate all the incredible lyrics Bud the C.H.U.D. has to offer.

Outside of this track, C.H.U.D. II is a rather harmless, if midly entertaining tangent to the original C.H.U.D. It also takes place during Halloween and features a pretty great Halloween party sequence (a staple) and some fun trick or treating.

Compared to some of the junk featured on The Return of the 31 Days of Halloween Horror list, you can do a lot worse this season the C.H.U.D. II.

So, if you’re feeling festive and silly, pop it on and you’ll be treated to this fun 80’s tune from Kipp Lennon.

 

Oct. 8th: C.H.U.D II: Bud The Chud (1989)

chud-2-1989On its own, C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud isn’t such a bad effort. It’s a fairly enjoyable, somewhat humorous piece of late 80’s camp not unlike (but nowhere near the quality of) Night of Comet or Night of The Creeps.

Honestly, if you told me some guy just wrote a zombie send-up script and the studio said “Hey, let’s slap the name C.H.U.D. on this fucker and put our pockets on Shrek,” I wouldn’t be surprised. Despite haphazardly inserting the word “Chud” everywhere without any C.H.U.D.s in sight and then sending this turkey straight to video, that might have worked.

But Unfortunately, it’s presented as a sequel to C.H.U.D., and it’s pretty piss poor and disappointing in that regard.

However, C.H.U.D. II does have a few things going for it:

Its got Eric Mardian (Brian Robbins) from Head of The Class – that’s pretty solid. Plus, there’s Robert Vaughn hammin’ it up as Colonel Masters – always a pleasure. And that’s to say nothing of genre heavy Gerritt Graham’s (Phantom of the Paradise, Terror Vision, Chopping Mall) inspired turn as the titular Chud. And if that wasn’t enough, its got one sweet ass Shindigger in Kipp Lennon’s “Bud The Chud.”

But above all, it takes place on Halloween night. And though its Halloween quotient is rather low considering, its back loaded with some genuine Halloweeniness. There’s a full-on high school Halloween dance climax, plus a pretty fun trick of treating sequence with a blink-and-you’d-miss-it cameo from Mr. Big Time, Fred Krueger, dream crasher. So we better take the 8th and recognize.

Yeah, they don’t look or act anything like C.H.U.D.s. Hell, half the time the characters are referring to them as zombies, and for all intents and purposes, they might as well be. And yeah, maybe it’s trying too hard to be funny and coming up short 70% of the time, but it’s Halloween goddammit, and if that ain’t a good enough reason to tough it through this somewhat enjoyable sequel(?) then there isn’t one.

Stay tuned for Bud The Chud later in the Shindig. Until then, forget you’ve seen C.H.U.D. at all. While you’re at it, forget this is even a sequel to that movie (which shouldn’t be too hard) and enjoy some Halloween camp.