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Night of the Chupacabra (2005)

Video  -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  4 March 2005 (USA)
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When an alien being crash lands on the remote location of the latest "reality" show, sinister agents from the reconstituted Project Blue Book arrive to restore order by any means necessary.... See full summary »

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When an alien being crash lands on the remote location of the latest "reality" show, sinister agents from the reconstituted Project Blue Book arrive to restore order by any means necessary. But they don't anticipate a small town sheriff who will desperately fight to extricate his wife & son from the web in which they have been ensnared. Night of the Chupacabra is an action packed, thrill ride parody of the sci-fi/action film genre. Written by Phil Swain

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The worst - A mindless and complete waste of time
4 July 2006 | by (Vancouver, WA) – See all my reviews

The worst - A mindless and complete waste of time When I first saw that this was showing, I was excited. An indie about the Chupacabra, the Mexican Goat Sucker. I sure hoped that this would be a good solid film about this North American mythological creature. Boy was I wrong. This was described as 'action packed and a thrill ride'. Perhaps the writer got drunk and mistakenly jumped onto the Indiana Jones Ride at Disneyland, bumped his noggin and in a "coma induced stupor" thought he was reviewing "Night of the Chupacabra". Imagine the words, ACTION PACKED and THRILL RIDE, and now imagine the exact opposite …. for what seems like an eternity.

I saw this film (yes, you can call it a film, it was shot on 35mm(?) and the quality of the medium shows) at a festival and all I could do to keep from screaming and running for the door, ripping my eyes out and taking a long shower after seeing this train wreck, was a constant and naive belief that it could get better. So I watched and watched, and to my utter horror, it never got better. So some stoner kids who are never truly introduced so we're never clear as to who they are, go out and drink beer and see a 'meteorite' crash into the earth. Except it is an alien spacecraft carrying a midget in a rubber mask. So we are introduced to the legendary 'Chupacabra'. So we are introduced to a myriad of new characters, some men in black, some other guys, some TV show producers, Some reality TV game show contestants, some fugitive Russian serial killer who I suppose is innocent (?), some girl who one of the stoner kid's sister who happens to be some sort of investigative reporter, some other characters that pop in and out for no reason, a hapless sheriff and his hot wife, and, did I mention, numerous other really annoying characters that no one knows who the hell they are, who arrive talk inane and pointless dialogue and leave for no apparent reason.

The most obvious problem here is that there is no story structure, none, nada, zip. Just half a dozen or more plot threads that pop up, spew toxic fumes and then trail off like the dying emissions of a old fart. The character banter on and on, ad nauseum, about stuff no one cares about, and it all ends up leading nowhere. It was like the writer/director didn't know what he wanted, so he threw everything in, but not one thing meant anything, so it is a languid mélange of loosely connected vignettes of people talking.

You could have got a more cohesive story by taking your video camera to the mall and surreptitiously recording random conversations, and jumbling them all together in the editing room.

Oh, and another thing. One of the lead actors plays TWO major characters. But his voice (and his appearance) are so distinctive that you think it's the same guy. That one lead actor had so much screen time (and he got two roles) made me think "Is he related to the director?" I kept on thinking that there was some brilliant twist to all of this, but what was I thinking. Talk about confusing the hell out of your audience! Avoid at all costs. I'm not kidding. The official running time is 89 minutes but it seems like 89 hours. I'm not going to quote the clichéd "89 minutes of my life and I want it back" line …. This is a complete and total waste of 35mm film stock. Valuable chemicals were used and natural resources were expended in the making of this movie and the EARTH wants them back! Whoever worked on this should be embarrassed. This is a major black mark on anyone who was associated with this film. Plan Nine from Outer Space is a masterpiece compared to this tripe.


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