Four friends hike into the Pinewood Forest to find evidence of the Chupacabra, an ancient creature believed to be responsible for the disappearance of four experienced hikers a year earlier. As they journey deeper into the forest, their innocent search uncovers more than they had ever hoped for, and with it a darkness that threatens to consume their very existence. One by one they are hunted down, their survival tested, their lives hanging in the balance of fear, friendship, disbelief and horror.
What We Thought:
When I got Chupacabra Territory I was kind of excited. Myself and asst. editor Rocky Maxwell were discussing how there haven’t been too many decent chupacabra flicks and I was hoping this would be one. I put on the movie and immediately knew it wasn’t a good one.
It’s a found footage movie. I wish I knew that originally because I hate, HATE, found footage films. They are the cheapest form of filmmaking and 99.9999% of them are garbage. Only Troll Hunter is worth seeing.
My problem with found footage films is you instantly know they are fake. Sure movies are fake to begin with, but most don’t rely on a gimmick that people are supposed to believe it’s real. This was made with actors and a script and it’s all fake.
As for the film itself, it’s just another Blair Witch clone. Some friends go into the woods to look for an urban legend (in this case a chupacabra). They hear stories and sneak in when the park ranger tells them no. They all wear GoPros and one guy is the cameraman and it’s all shaky cam crap.
The fact they are looking for a chupacabra is almost irrelevant. It’s the same obnoxious junk we get in every found footage movie. It has bad acting. Bad dialogue. Scenes not in focus. People get dragged off to the side and the camera just shows the ground. Snooze. No thanks. I hated Blair Witch and hated every copycat since.
I clearly didn’t like Chupacabra Territory and the worst part is, I could have. If it was a regular movie about people going into the woods to investigate animal deaths and rumors about chupacabras I might have liked it. As soon as the gimmick of found footage came into play I lost interest.
Cast & Crew:
- Sarah Nicklin
- Michael Reed
- Megan Hensley
- Julianne Tura
- Pierre Kennel
Recommended If You Like:
- Found Footage flicks