Bloodthirst 2: Revenge of the Chupacabras Release Date: 19 April 2005 (USA) Genre: Horror Director(s): Jonathan Mumm (Bloodthirst: Legend of the Chupacabras) Writer(s): Jonathan Mumm (Bloodthirst: Legend of the Chupacabras) Staring: Gary Agid, Brandon Atchison and Jeff Baur After my scathing review of Bloodthirst: Legend of the Chupacabras mentioned my difficulty in locating the sequel, […]

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Bloodthirst 2: Revenge of the Chupacabras
Release Date: 19 April 2005 (USA)
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Jonathan Mumm (Bloodthirst: Legend of the Chupacabras)
Writer(s): Jonathan Mumm (Bloodthirst: Legend of the Chupacabras)
Staring: Gary Agid, Brandon Atchison and Jeff Baur

After my scathing review of Bloodthirst: Legend of the Chupacabras mentioned my difficulty in locating the sequel, the very kind Jonathan Mumm offered to send me the sequel. A middle-aged fellow with a nice demeanor, Mumm made mention of the fact that the original Bloodthirst was intended to be somewhat campy fare. Unfortunately, very few reviews, including my own, were kind to the film. I called it “absolute junk” in my review earlier this year. After finding out that Silver Nitrate was interested in releasing a sequel, Mumm went to work, this time with a slightly larger budget. He even modeled the Chupacabra in the film after the one that was deceivingly placed on the cover of the first film.

Knowing the ambition involved, I went into Bloodthirst 2 really wanting to like it. I even ignored the 0 Pumpkin-Knives (or whatever the hell that is) rating that Slasherpool gave it shortly after its release in April. As it turns out, Bloodthirst 2 was better than the original. That’s not a difficult feat to accomplish, though, seeing as how 98% or so of the movies reviewed on this site are better than it. Overall, Bloodthirst 2 is handicapped by terrible actors, a script that tries to tie way too many things together, and the fact that Bloodthirst 2 feels as if an inexperienced kid produced it.

Bloodthirst 2 takes the biggest hit due to the fact that it’s not really a movie about a chupacabra. Sure, there’s a chupacabra, but there’s a limited amount of time spent on it. I understand that Mumm couldn’t afford to do a multitude of CGI shots on such a low budget, but that’s why God invented point-of-view shots. The other parts of the movie are spent in a mental asylum, of which nearly all of the scenes could’ve been written out, and a kidnapping angle involving an underdeveloped (character wise; her breasts are just fine) blonde girl. How will they go about finding this girl? Well, it turns out her boyfriend slipped a tracking device on her leg as a joke. Ugh.

Bloodthirst 2 may have worked to a certain extent if the awful actors involved didn’t hamper the film. There are times where I just wanted to strangle them. Many of the actors read their lines in a way that suggests no one had the foresight to try and adapt their lines to match their acting style.

As for the chupacabra, it probably would’ve been best if Mumm had kept it off-screen for most of the film. It’s not threatening in any way. I’m not going to crack on the film for the actual CGI, seeing as how it’s quite good for such a low budget, but the chupacabra looks funny. I half-expected it to break out in a song and dance at some point.

Mumm’s got drive, so I hope he continues to make films, but it might be time to just put the Bloodthirst franchise to bed.
DVD: The behind the scenes featurette is more fun to watch than the actual movie.

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