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Chupacabra Terror -- When cryptozoologist Dr. Pe�a traps the legendary Chupacabra on a remote Caribbean island, he smuggles it aboard a cruise ship with disastrous results.

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Writers:
Steve Jankowski (written by)
John Shepphird (written by)
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Release Date:
29 January 2005 (USA) See more »
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When cryptozoologist Dr. Peña traps the legendary Chupacabra on a remote Caribbean island, he smuggles it aboard a cruise ship with disastrous results. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

John Rhys-Davies ... Captain Randolph

Dylan Neal ... Lance Thompson

Chelan Simmons ... Jenny

Giancarlo Esposito ... Dr. Peña

Paula Shaw ... Mrs. Hartman

David Millbern ... Rick McGraw
Mark Viniello ... Chupacabra

Joe Miller ... Officer Hamilton

Matthew R. Anderson ... Commander Link (as Matt Anderson)

Luke Darnell ... Ensign Peters (as Lucas Darnell)

David St. Pierre ... Jonesy
Garon Michael ... Parker
Luciano Olz ... Mallory
Scott Jolgen ... Garcia
Jason Pasquale ... Eddie / Waiter
Kyle LeMire ... Jojo / Dishwasher
Guy J. Graves ... Crewman #1 (as Guy Graves)
Javier Lobos ... Laundry Room Victim

Sazzy Lee Calhoun ... Purser (as Sazzy Calhoun)
Jason Brunner ... Criminal

Nils Allen Stewart ... Mercenary
Terrance Rodgers ... Interpreter
Steve Jankowski ... Admiral Williams
Jason Zimmerman ... Evans
Lewis Fowler ... Pablo
Carlos Reza ... Carlos

Scott Putman ... Doctor
Richard Christensen Jr. ... Steward (as Richard Christensen)
Scott Davis ... Sparks
Myna Gill ... Honeymooner Girl
Brandon Klock ... Honeymooner Guy
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Directed by
John Shepphird 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Steve Jankowski  written by
John Shepphird  written by

Produced by
Charles Arthur Berg .... line producer
Paul Colichman .... executive producer
Steve Jankowski .... producer
Stephen P. Jarchow .... executive producer
Scott Putman .... line producer
Jeffrey Schenck .... producer
 
Original Music by
Penka Kouneva 
 
Cinematography by
Neal Brown 
 
Film Editing by
Lawrence A. Maddox  (as Lawrence Maddox)
 
Production Design by
Laird Pulver 
 
Art Direction by
Georgia Schwab 
 
Costume Design by
Terri Middleton 
 
Makeup Department
Kim Collea .... makeup artist
Cleve Gunderman .... special makeup effects artist
Ken Niederbaumer .... key makeup artist
Ken Niederbaumer .... special makeup effects artist
Lucenda Olz .... assistant makeup artist
Richard Redlefsen .... creature effects artist
Richard Redlefsen .... prosthetic makeup artist
Kimberly Ulmer .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Gary Adelman .... post-production supervisor
Allison Andrade .... executive in charge of production
Andrea Balen .... unit production manager
Scott Putman .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Myna Gill .... second second assistant director
Steve Jankowski .... second unit director
Scott Jolgen .... second second assistant director
Nicholas Lee .... first assistant director
Kyle LeMire .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Andy Broaddus .... construction coordinator
Bill Davis .... property master
Shandeara Musgrove .... art production assistant
Corey Oberlin .... swing (as Cory Oberlin)
Charles Romelito .... art production assistant
Nils Allen Stewart .... property assistant
 
Sound Department
Ethan Beigel .... adr mixer
Craig Clark .... sound re-recording mixer
Craig Clark .... sound supervisor
Marty Kasparian .... sound mixer
Danny Kim .... sound effects editor
Myles McComish .... boom operator
Colin Rogers .... adr editor
Colin Rogers .... adr mixer
Colin Rogers .... foley mixer
Craig Schafer .... sound designer
Craig Schafer .... sound re-recording mixer
Allan Schultz .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Matt Anderson .... special effects assistant
Tamara Carlson .... fabricator (as Tamara Carlson-Woodard)
Bill Davis .... special effects coordinator
Jack Firman .... moldmaker
Jack Firman .... sculptor
Chris Garnass .... concept artist
Cleve Gunderman .... moldmaker
Cleve Gunderman .... sculptor
David Monzingo .... fabricator (as Dave Monzingo)
Ken Niederbaumer .... creature effects designer
Alex Noble .... shop laborer
Richard Redlefsen .... painter
Richard Redlefsen .... sculptor
David Selvadurai .... concept artist (as Dave Selvadurai)
Nils Allen Stewart .... special effects assistant
Mark Viniello .... creature effects designer
Jeanne Vosloo .... fabricator
 
Visual Effects by
Bennique Blasini .... visual effects supervisor (as BenniQue Blasini)
Steven M. Blasini .... visual effects supervisor
Dave Jerrard .... digital artist
 
Stunts
Nils Allen Stewart .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Leron Alberts .... local grip (as Leron Albert)
Alonzo Babtiste .... local grip
Richard W. Botchlet .... grip (as Rich Botchlet)
Jason Brunner .... lighting cameraman
Jason Brunner .... second unit cinematographers
Eric Forand .... gaffer
Lewis Fowler .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Owen Foye .... best boy electric
Erik Gonzales .... electrician (as Eric Gonzales)
Tom Hejda .... first assistant camera
Dan Kanes .... electrician
Denisse Kindl .... camera loader
Michael Lumsden .... local grip
Darlington Matoya .... local grip
Rocky Romines .... key grip
Penny Smith .... second assistant camera
David Starks .... key grip
John Van Valkenburgh .... best boy grip (as John Van Valenburgh)
Jack L. Zeman .... still photographer (as Jack Zeman)
Jason Zimmerman .... director of photography: second unit
 
Casting Department
Wilma Deltsche .... extras casting
Paul Ruddy .... casting associate
Oswald O. Skippings .... extras casting (as Hon. Oswald O. Skippings)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anette Czagany .... wardrobe supervisor
Glenn Gregory Krah .... key costumer (as Glenn Krah)
 
Editorial Department
Pete Fausone .... on-line editor
Scott Hollenbeck .... telecine assist
Tucker Marolf .... assistant editor
Juan Rivera .... telecine dailies operator
Rick Short .... executive in charge of post-production
Laura Singer .... assistant editor
Michael Volland .... colorist (as Mike Volland)
 
Music Department
César Benito .... orchestrator (as Cesar Benato)
Scott Glasgow .... orchestration
Larry Hennessy .... midi mixer
Penka Kouneva .... orchestration
James Monroe .... musician: acoustic guitar
Junko Tamura .... music preparation
 
Transportation Department
Guy J. Graves .... transportation coordinator
Michael Graves .... transportation captain (as Michael 'Gumpy' Graves)
Pamela O'Keefe .... driver
Terrance Rodgers .... driver
 
Other crew
Franztdy Bussy .... security
Nelson Bussy .... security
Shea E. Butler .... script supervisor (as Shea Butler)
Richard Carroll .... assistant: Jeffrey Schenck
Richard Christensen Jr. .... production assistant (as Richard Christensen)
Bill Davis .... weapons
Bony Frito .... security
Mary Garcia .... assistant: Stephen Jarchow
Brian Goldman .... assistant: Paul Colichman
Scott Jolgen .... craft service
Scott Jolgen .... on-set medic
Brandon Klock .... production accountant
Sonja Langhorst .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Klaus Olz .... caterer
Lucia Olz .... caterer
Luciano Olz .... production assistant
Jason Pasquale .... production assistant
Carlos Reza .... production assistant
Leandre Roges .... security
Arthur Smith .... location manager
Dacia van Veen .... production assistant (as Dacia Van Veen)
Adam D. Wright .... distribution executive (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Chupacabra: Dark Seas" - USA (TV title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence/gore
Runtime:
88 min | USA:89 min
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Certification:
Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:14A (video rating) | Singapore:NC-16 | UK:15 | USA:R
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Goofs:
Errors in geography: At the beginning of the movie, a group of men are seen making their way through a jungle on a Caribbean island. One of the creatures shown is a meerkat, an animal which is found in African deserts, not in Caribbean jungles.See more »
Quotes:
Jenny Randolph:I'm tired of getting the mushroom treatment!
Lance:Mushroom treatment... what's that?
Jenny Randolph:It's when you're left in the dark and fed a lot of crap.
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17 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
The lost "monster" episode of The Love Boat, 4 February 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

Cryptozoologist Dr. Pena (Giancarlo Esposito) finally captures his long-sought-after chupacabra specimen on a Caribbean island. He has plans to transport it back to civilization, and tries to smuggle it as cargo on a luxury cruise ship with disastrous results.

While there's little ingenuity to the plot--just by hearing the premise and seeing a cast list, most genre fans could fill in the blanks, Chupacabra: Dark Seas is a fairly enjoyable film that obviously does not take itself too seriously and has little pretension to being a masterpiece. While it's nowhere near as funny as it maybe should be given that kind of self-awareness (think Lake Placid (1999) or any number of Troma films), it still earned a 7 out of 10 from me.

7 out of 10s, in my way of looking at scores, are equivalent to the grade of "C", or in other words, they're just average. Basically, they're doing as many things wrong as they're doing right. Let's look at the flaws first: The strangest flaw, especially given the Sci-Fi Channel's other recent original films (like the very good Larva (2005)) is that director John Shepphird never manages to rise above a "made for television" feel. Add that the film is set on a cruise ship, and it's suddenly just a monster on "The Love Boat" (1977).

While the dialogue doesn't take itself very seriously, at times it is a bit too hokey for its own good. Also, in that context, most of the clichés (and there are a lot of them) would be better spoofed than played seriously, as they are.

Like far too many post-Predator films, the Chupacabra has fluorescent green blood.

There is a bit of a Starship Troopers-angle, but again it's not taken far enough. It would have been better as a spoof.

Captain Randolpp (John Rhys-Davies, in an incredible casting coup) has an incongruous daughter--a kind of "Bimbo Buffy" who is too ridiculous in context to take seriously, but not quite ridiculous enough to be really funny. She is a pleasure to look at, of course, and that was probably the point.

Speaking of ridiculous, the plot is occasionally so. For example, a "Starship Trooper" throws a grenade in a small room full of explosive materials, and right at people he is trying to save. Or, a guy at the Navy station is able to spot three survivors from the ship in his binoculars, even though it was stated that the ship was 10 miles out to sea from the station.

There are some funny low-budget moves, such as milking the fire suit for all it's worth. It's one those things where you can hear them saying, "We paid for the suit and this stuntman; we're damn well going to show every frame of footage".

However, the film did just as many things right: Even though the plot is predictable, full of clichés and so on, it usually works. There aren't too many illogical moves, and it is entertaining if not suspenseful.

Surprisingly, there were a lot of accuracies about cruise ships. I worked on cruise ships as a musician for a few years a while ago, and Chupacabra: Dark Seas captures the feel of a real ship enough that it uncovered some long-buried memories for me. There were also many subtle, spot-on jokes about cruise ship culture.

I was actually impressed with the creature. I liked the costume a lot. Although it's becoming a bit clichéd and doesn't exactly make sense in this context, I also thought the jerky cgi-movement was cool.

There was a nice amount of well-done gore, especially considering that this is a film made for the Sci-Fi Channel, and one fantastic body-cut-in-half scene.

I thought the ship effects were done well (it seemed to be a combination of cgi and miniatures). I loved a couple of the cgi sky effects, and occasionally, we were treated to great cinematography.

The performances were better than they needed to be for a film of this caliber. Some had just the right balance of campiness and seriousness. It's just too bad that I can't say that about the film overall.

The bottom line: Chupacabra: Dark Seas is definitely worth watching as long as you lower your expectations and just expect to have fun with a predictable, slightly tongue-in-cheek, goofy creature flick.

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