Wednesday, June 8, 2005

CHUPACABRA TERROR

"Sci-Fi Pictures Presents." Have any other four words ever promised so little?

Well, Sony Pictures' CHUPACABRA TERROR (2004) possesses all the ingredients we've come to expect from such a production: A genre-familiar presence in a lead role (in this case, Welsh actor John Rys-Davies, of LORD OF THE RINGS, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and SLIDERS)? Check. A pretty girl (freckled Lindsey Lohan lookalike Chelan Simmons)? Check. A pretty guy (Dylan Neal)? Check. Lots of ultra-cheap CGI? Yep. A rubber monster suit? Oh yeah. The standard competent-but-uninspired direction, in this case by John Shepphird? Uh huh.

Yet, I'll admit that while the movie (which aired on Sci-Fi with less gore as CHUPACABRA: DARK SEAS) may not have been original, it at least kept my interest all the way through. But then, I'm a fan of rubber monster suits.

A crazed cryptozoologist captures a chupacabra (a legendary Central American creature also known as a "goat sucker") on a Caribbean Island and smuggles it aboard a commercial cruise ship heading back to the States. Before long, the hungry beastie is loose, preying upon crewmembers, passengers, Navy SEALS and little doggies.

Nothing new here, and nothing worth getting excited about, but it's an inoffensive time waster, with a crystal sharp widescreen transfer, a commentary track by the writer and director, a behind-the-scenes featurette and trailers for other Sony/Columbia/Tri-Star horror flicks.

BUY: Chupacabra Terror