Tag Archives: C.H.U.D.

A Short, Imperfect History of 80s Media Culture as Told by 3 C.H.U.D. VHS Tapes

Some might ask, “Why buy 3 different versions of C.H.U.D. on VHS? Isn’t that overkill?” The short answer is “Yes,” but the longer answer is and “Why the hell do you care? Are you some kind of minimalist, or worse … Continue reading

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The Crazies Come Out at Night

Every time I head into Manhattan—whether via train, tunnel, or glider—I can’t help but think that I am entering the the Manhattan Island penitentiary imagined so famously in John Carpenter’s masterpiece Escape from New York (1981). And as soon as … Continue reading

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Of Punks, Pimps and C.H.U.D.s: Gentrification in NYC as told by 1980s film

Disclaimer: This is a “media-enhanced” version of a paper I wrote in graduate school for an American Studies course back in 2002. And while I recognize it is both rough and theoretically meager at certain points, I’m still fascinated with … Continue reading

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