Cryptozoologist Doctor Peña ('Giancarlo Esposito') traps the legendary Chupacabra on a remote Caribbean Island to make his name in the scientific community. When he smuggles it aboard the cruise ship Regent Queen, commanded by Captain Randolph, (John Rhys-Davies), the monster breaks out of the cargo hold and makes a smorgasbord out of the passengers and crew. Navy SEALs are called in to evacuate the ship and battle the monster, but it ultimately comes down to Captain Randolph, his daughter Jenny (Chelan Simmons), and Federal Marshall Lance Thompson ('Dylan Neal') to save the day. Written by
Steve Jankowski & John Shepphird
The good parts, er, actually John Rhys-Davis playing the captain is pretty much all. Rhys-Davis is playing the only character whose fate remains in the "might or might not survive" category. We're lucky then that the best actor present plays the character.
Unfortunately, everything else goes downhill surprisingly quickly. Aside from the captain and bland leads, the characters are a pompous old woman, some professional thief, and a cryptozoologist unwilling to provide help stopping the chupacabra; occasionally even helping it escape and thus kill more victims.
Naturally these people were too unlikable for their deaths to be upsetting and there's no sense rooting for this chupacabra to get them since it's inevitable.
The monster being released by the crew members didn't make too much sense. Actually it didn't make any.
Several gun-wielding guys appear throughout the film; first crew members and later navy SEALS. They lack established personality meaning they serve no purpose but to add to the body count.
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