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

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Conrad Lozano
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Eladio Buente
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Soledad Buente (as José Yenque)
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Gabrielle Buente (as Simi)
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Flakita
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Barber (as Markus Hondro)
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Maria Dorantes
Fabricio Santin ...
Migrant Worker

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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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Episode aired on the same day "The Simpsons" aired an episode featuring Mulder and Scully See more »

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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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Dana Scully: 'Purple Rain'?
Fox Mulder: Great album. Deeply flawed movie.
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References Purple Rain (1984) See more »

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The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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29 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Being fluent in Spanish I got right away this episode would have something to do with soap operas ("(As) The world turns"). With this expectation in hand then, I took the over-the-top acting as part of the episode. But I must say the acting from the Hispanic actors outside of Ruben Blades really bothered me. Casting here I think was terrible. I know there must be Hispanic actors who are more fluent in Spanish than these people were, certainly one's who didn't speak Spanish with such terrible English accents...I mean I'm fluent and I had to read the subtitles to understand what they were saying at times. It was really distracting for me. I'm watching it again...wow the accents are terrible. Why?! Outside of this accent problem I thought the episode was entertaining, containing some of the elements that keeps me coming back for more of the show. The Mulder one liners, the subtle maybe sometimes unintended humor, the Mulder-Scully banter, the unexplained but remotely plausible phenomena. Just to be clear Ruben Blades was great here.


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