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


John Shepphird





Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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 Garon Michael ... Parker
Luciano Olz Luciano Olz ... Mallory
Scott Jolgen Scott Jolgen ... Garcia
Jason Pasquale Jason Pasquale ... Eddie / Waiter


Having devoted his life to capturing the mythical bloodsucker, the Chupacabra of South America, the intrepid cryptozoologist, Dr Peña, finally manages to make his dream come true. To make a name for himself back in the United States, the scientist smuggles the elusive beast aboard the luxurious ocean liner, Regent Queen, only to trigger a blood-soaked killing spree, as the doctor's bulletproof prize catch devours passengers, pets, and the mighty U.S. Navy Seals who stand in its way. Now, Captain Randolph, and a handful of defenders, need a bold plan to outsmart the legendary monster and save the remaining survivors before they become its next meal. Can they stop the bloodshed? Is there a way to end the Chupacabra terror? Written by Nick Riganas

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Almost all of the guns seen in this film were made out of rubber. The muzzle flashes were added using CGI in post-production. See more »


When all the Navy SEALs regroup one of the SEALs says "all doors and hatches are sealed", you can see light coming through the top left of the door. See more »


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Written and Performed by Joe Dineen and Ed Lozano
Hoss Phfunck (BMI) Freaky Zaza Music (ASCAP)
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John Rhys-Davies Makes this a Decent Low-Budget Thriller
22 February 2009 | by FiendishDramaturgySee all my reviews

Without John Rhys-Davies, I have to admit that this would never even register on my movie-meter. But in spite of that single fact, this is not a bad little thriller, considering the low budget, the low quality effects, the stiff acting and the Sci Fi Channel aspects. The blood effects are very convincing, and the Chupacabra actually looks realistic... regardless of what you think a Chupacabra looks like this is one good-looking Chupacabra.

Aside from the positives, this runs kind of like Kolchak: The Night Stalker (Darren McGavin, remember?) meets the Love Boat, but in spite of the ultimate cheese of this work, it still holds something resembling a plot, and actually attempts to gain your respect while making you laugh and roll your eyes.

As conflicted as this work is, I still managed to find some enjoyment herein. Maybe you will, too.

It rates a 5.2/10 on the Made 4 TV Scale.

It rates a 4.1/10 on the Movie Scale from...

the Fiend :.

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Release Date:

29 January 2005 (USA) See more »

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Chupacabra: Dark Seas See more »

Filming Locations:

Turks and Caicos Islands


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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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