Chupacabra Terror Release Date: 29 January 2005 (USA) Genre: Horror Director(s): John Shepphird (I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus) Writer(s): John Shepphird & Steve Jankowski (Demolition University, The Assault) Starring: John Rhys-Davies, Giancarlo Esposito Easy to watch, but generally dissapointing, genre effort does a better job than its DTV predecessors (Bloodthirst: Legend of the Chupacabra, […]

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Chupacabra Terror
Release Date: 29 January 2005 (USA)
Genre: Horror
Director(s): John Shepphird (I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus)
Writer(s): John Shepphird & Steve Jankowski (Demolition University, The Assault)
Starring: John Rhys-Davies, Giancarlo Esposito

Easy to watch, but generally dissapointing, genre effort does a better job than its DTV predecessors (Bloodthirst: Legend of the Chupacabra, El Chupacabra), but that’s not saying much.

Chupacabra Terror, a Sci-Fi original picture that aired in January as Chupacabra: Dark Seas, is just another killer creature flick with a sloppy, inexplicable script that only redeems itself thanks to creature effects and steady streams of gore.

Just like in quite a few of these films, we’re immediately introduced to a rich, greedy, compassionless doctor by the name of Dr. Peña. A cryptozoologist who has spent all his life searching for a chupacabra, he finally tracks one down and traps it thanks to the help of some South American mercenaries. To get it back to The United States, Peña naturally decides to… Bring it home on a cruise ship???

And so goes Chupacabra Terror, which proceeds to trot out John Rhys-Davies as the ship’s captain, a jewel thief, the federal agent searching for the thief, Davies’ daughter, and plenty of circumstances that bring the mediocrity. Nothing in Chupacabra Terror, aside from the lack of constant CGI, makes it stand out from other creature features.

DVD: In the commentary track, Shepphird and Jankowski seem a little too proud of their movie. It’s mostly dry, with the occasional slice of direct-to-video knowledge thrown our way. There’s also a making of featurette, which uses untreated footage from the film. That kind of killed the feature for me, as it reeked of laziness. I can only imagine that it was something attached to the movie while sent to potential distributors or something.

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