A community of migrant workers attributes several strange deaths to the Chupacabra, a creature straight out of Mexican folklore.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Conrad Lozano
Eladio Buente
Soledad Buente (as José Yenque)
Gabrielle Buente (as Simi)
Susan Bain ...
County Coroner
Dr. Larry Steen
Rick Culver
Barber (as Markus Hondro)
Janeth Muniz ...
Village Woman (as Janeth Munoz)
Maria Dorantes
Fabricio Santin ...
Migrant Worker


Scully and Mulder investigate the death of Maria Dorantes, a migrant farm worker who was found in a field near the shanty town in which she lived. There were reports of a very bright flash of light followed by a yellow rain just as she was killed. Scully's examination of the body reveals that she died as a result of a massive fungal infection. The locals however are certain that the culprit is El Chupacabra, a mythical beast from Mexican folklore. They're also sure the beast is to be found in Eladio Buente, Maria's brother-in-law who was with her when she died. While Scully looks for a scientific explanation, Mulder believes the fungus may be alien in origin. Regardless, they must find Eladio before the fungus spreads. Written by garykmcd

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12 January 1997 (USA)  »

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The actual word for the legendary creature in Spanish is "chupacabras" with a final "s" for it is a sucker of goats plural. English drops that final "s" as referring to one chupacabras makes no sense to the English ear. See more »


Around 00:28:21, we can see the cameraman moving backward on the reflection of the front truck's bumper. On the front/side of the truck's bumper, one frame later, we can see the entire crew. See more »


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Telenovela In Disquise?
29 August 2006 | by (Roy, Utah) – See all my reviews

The key to enjoying El Mundo Gira is to not take it seriously. The episode doesn't. Why should you? Without being familiar with the television genre of the Hispanic telenovela, the viewer may feel a little confused and disappointed. In short, Hispanic telenovelas are known for over-dramatic acting, a lot like American daily soap operas. You can tell the actors in this episode are used to that kind of work, because they do it well. The Spanish guitar used in the score, gives you a good feel for the culture that exists on the U.S.-Mexican border. The INS worker does an excellent job by being indifferent and easy-going. He just seems so natural. Doctor Scully teaches us an interesting word from her autopsy: aspargillus. It's just fun to say. The one nice piece of cinematography work I liked in El Mundo Gira is when the shot transitions from the alien/chupacabra's face to the face of AD Walter Skinner. What exactly is the director implying? There are two different endings to the story as told by different women, a technique later used in 'Bad Blood'. The story of El Chupacabra and the love triangle between the woman and the two brothers is a Hispanic telenovela at its best. It's not a deep, dark x-file. Take it for what it is, and enjoy.

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