An inept BLAIR WITCH PROJECT knock-off, about intrepid student filmmakers on the trail of the chupacabra. Southern Texas is being terrorized by something that kills livestock, epecially goats, leaving the mutilated carcasses with their entrails sucked out (hence the name, which means "goat sucker" in Spanish). Maria Esperanza (Katsy Joiner), a student at the University of the Rio Grande cryptozoology department, has a special interest in the chupacabra. Her uncle, a rancher in smalltown Santa Maria, was killed shortly after she installed surveillance equipment in his barn, and the tape shows a mysterious creature. The local police, however, insist that he was killed by an animal. Maria and her crew cameraman Daniel Webster (Chris Doughton), fireams specialist "Army" Armistead (Stan McKinney) and fellow cryptozoologist Pete Cortez (J.T. Trevino) begin their documentary investigation at an isolated farm belonging to Mr. Jackson (Paul Podreza), who's just found one of his goats mysteriously mutilated. They're joined by the Sherrif (Lewis Sarkozi) and his deputy (Frank Thomas), who continue to toe the official line that there's no such thing as a chupacabra. Giving the lie to their denials, the chupacabra comes charging in and kills the sheriff. The others try to flee, but their van won't start and they hole up in the ranch house. They make it through the night and then, instead of taking one of the ranch trucks and going for help, they decide to hunt the chupacabra and "stop it from hurting anyone else." Their misadventures are intercut with interviews in which scientists, conspiracy theorists and even a Catholic priest speculate about the chupacabra: Is it an alien being, a mutated dinosaur, a government experiment gone wrong or the embodiment of pure evil? Oddly, no-one considers that it might be a man in the most ridiculous rubber suit since the heyday of '50s B-movie monster-maker Paul Blaisdell. A waste of time.
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- Released: 2000
- Rating: NR
- Review: An inept BLAIR WITCH PROJECT knock-off, about intrepid student filmmakers on the trail of the chupacabra. Southern Texas is being terrorized by something that kills livestock, epecially goats, leaving the mutilated carcasses with their entrails sucked out… (more)