Blu-ray Review: CHUPACABRA TERRITORY

CHUPACABRA TERRITORY was written and directed by Matt McWilliams and stars Sarah Nicklin, Michael Reed, Megan Hensley, Julianne Tura and Pierre Kennel.

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.

Okay, here’s another movie that follows a group of friends who go into the woods looking for trouble and in this case it’s this urban legend that gets a bit of a new twist to it. By the way, when will the kids learn to simply never go into the woods? Never! Anyway, there are hints and signs that the group has walked right into the creature’s stomping ground but it does take a while for things to really get going. You know, we’ve gotta get past the whole partying, teasing and arguing thing before we get to the goods. Of course, once the pacing picks up, this group of friends find themselves being chased down and taken out one by one by this mysterious and elusive creature.

There was plenty to like and very little to dislike about Chupacabra Territory as far as I’m concerned. The isolated location was spot on and all of the acting was good for the most part. I actually noticed a few familiar faces from a couple of other indie horror movies that I’ve recently watched and reviewed. As far as the story goes, I thought it was interesting enough and liked how the beginning let the viewer know what had already taken place and what this group was up to. Let’s just say they were in a location that they weren’t supposed to be in and they were warned not to be there. I also liked how the creature’s appearance was kept to a minimum and was only teased. This allowed the suspense and tension to build until the finale. The movie doesn’t show this creature to full effect but the way everything is captured on camera makes it all work and honestly it’s executed really well. All of the special effects (from the creature to blood and gore) in this indie feature looked great.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features a promotional image. The Blu-ray disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were as good as they could be considering this is a found-footage movie. I’m not a fan of the shaky cam but I didn’t have any issues at all with the sound.

Bottom line is, Chupacabra Territory unfortunately falls into that oversaturated subgenre that is found-footage but the good thing is, we don’t get a lot of Chupacabra movies. What Blair Witch started with this style of filmmaking many films have followed since and this one is the latest of the shaky cam craze. With that being said, I ended up kind of liking this movie because it’s much better than those CGI heavy Chupacabra offerings that we’ve all watched on Syfy. This one stays a little more grounded and keeps the focus on the small group of friends as it builds the suspense and tension by teasing the creature from time to time until the creepy finale. There’s also a bit of a supernatural element thrown into the mix as well. The movie has a few flaws but I thought Matt McWilliams did a really good job for this to be his directorial debut, and hey, it’s easily better than any of those cheesy Chupacabra movies on Syfy. Chupacabra Territory is now available on Blu-ray and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Maltauro Entertainment

Run Time: 94 Minutes

Rated: Unrated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: This Blu-ray includes several interviews with some of the cast and crew, a trailer and some images.

  • Interview with the Cast (10:44)
  • An Interview with Director, Editor and Producer (06:23)
  • Trailer (01:43)
  • Photo Gallery (04:48)

 

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