Chupacabra Territory Lurks Into Frightening Boundaries
Director: Matt McWilliams
Writer: Matt McWilliams
Release Date: April 11, 2017
Blu-Ray, DVD, VOD
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
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.
Chupacabra Territory releases on April 11, 2017. The Horror film is directed by Matt McWilliams, who also writes the script. The cast stars Sarah Nicklin, Michael Reed, Alex Hayek, and Bryan Jansen. Produced by Maltauro Entertainment.
It will release nationwide on the following platforms:
- Amazon Instant Video
- Cable VOD platforms
The film follows Amber (portrayed by Sarah Nicklin), Joe (portrayed by Michael Reed), Morgan (portrayed by Alex Hayek), and Dave (portrayed by Bryant Jansen). They are traveling to the Pinewood Forest to search for evidence of the legendary Chupacabra.
Despite being forewarned by the locals, the crew negligently travel into the forbidden territory in hopes of finding some concrete evidence. Their wild adventure of mystery and fun quickly turns to a fight for survival as they become prey to the vicious creature.
Chupacabra Territory plays as a found footage documentary. The cinematography is amazing with the lighting and camera angles in the right touch. Few found footage films achieve this.
The story is good but has the potential for further development. The cast does a good job at their roles and putting themselves in the nature of the predicaments. I like the incorporation of the subtle possession aspect. The characters are being driven crazy by the shadows in the darkness alone. The characters are also driven mad by their own minds playing tricks on them. This further enhances the creepiness factor of the film.
The direction of Chupacabra Territory fell through the cracks big time. What began as an adventurous hunt for the legendary creature became something different. There are so many questions that go unanswered in this film.
The creature doesn’t make itself shown until the last few minutes of the film. Up until that point, there are a lot of weird things happening that doesn’t have any kind of explanation to them. The film dwells into possession but doesn’t offer any backstory or reasoning.
There is also a lot of unnecessary and annoying sexual themed scenes involved. Amber, becomes possessed with an unknown presence and gains uncontrollable sex craving. She starts acting violent, throwing herself into sporadic episodes. But this behavior does not have any logical reasoning to back it up.
Chupacabra Territory needed increasing development and direction to become much more than what it is.
Click for information on rating metric: 0-10 Avoid | 11-20 Mediocre | 21-30 Good | 31-40 Average | 41-50 Satisfactory | 51-60 Stunning | 61-70 Terrific | 71-80 Must See | 81-90 Amazing | 91-100 Impressive