Hudson "Hud" Platt is a main character in Cloverfield. He was Rob's best friend and inadvertently filmed nearly the entire attack by the monster. Hud, much like T. J. Miller in real life, is the comedian of the group, and often provides comic relief throughout most of the film. He reluctantly takes over the filming job, after Jason lazily asks him to do so. During the party, he is depicted as unsuccessfully trying to flirt with his crush, Marlena, instead of fulfilling his original task of recording testimonials for Rob. He is able to catch a glimpse of the argument between Rob and Beth, but is then scolded by Lily. Hud and Jason soon both pressure her to tell them the reason behind the argument, which Lily hesitantly reveals. Hud then gossips to the rest of the attendees about Rob and Beth's one night stand, which clearly irritates Jason and Lily. While fruitlessly trying to comfort Rob alongside Jason, the monster suddenly attacks the harbors of New York. Hud then ends up filming a series of incidents, including the decapitation of the Statue of Liberty, the destruction of the Brooklyn Bridge, brief and close encounters with the monster, looting, and various lives lost during the night. While in the subways, Hud begins speculating about the monster's possible origins (ending up with a brief sarcastic remark from Marlena). Hud is depicted as always being attacked while filming. The first attack is the encounter with the parasites while the group is traveling on foot through the subway tunnels. Marlena saves Hud from being dragged away by the parasites, only to be bitten herself. She later dies from the parasitic bite. Hud is perhaps the most emotionally affected by her death, and is depicted briefly mourning and weeping uncontrollably after they were discharged from the hospital. Nonetheless, he still chooses to go with Rob and Lily to rescue Beth. After saving her, Hud, along with Rob and Beth (Lily was evacuated on a secondary chopper), boarded the helicopter, and the three were granted a look at one last assault on the monster by a B-2 Spirit; however, the monster attacked their chopper amidst the confusion. The helicopter was forced to crash in Central Park. Here, Hud dies after the monster spots him on the ground, stares at him briefly, and then eats the lower half of his body before dropping the upper half to the ground. Rob and Beth are seen mourning his demise shortly afterward as they retreat under the nearby Grayshot Bridge.

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