Cryptozoologist Doctor Peña (‘Giancarlo Esposito’) traps the legendary Chupacabra on a remote Caribbean Island to make his name in the scientific community. When he smuggles it aboard the cruise ship Regent Queen, commanded by Captain Randolph, (John Rhys-Davies), the monster breaks out of the cargo hold and makes a smorgasbord out of the passengers and crew. Navy SEALs are called in to evacuate the ship and battle the monster, but it ultimately comes down to Captain Randolph, his daughter Jenny (Chelan Simmons), and Federal Marshall Lance Thompson (‘Dylan Neal’) to save the day.
Steve Jankowski & John Shepphird
User Reviews: Released in 2005 and directed by John Shepphird, "Chupacabra Terror" chronicles events on a cruise ship when a cryptozoologist (Giancarlo Esposito) sneaks a chupacabra on board. It doesn’t take long for it to be unleashed from its cage and a squad of commandos comes aboard. John Rhys-Davies plays the Captain and Chelan Simmons his tae-bo instructor daughter. Dylan Neal appears as a marshal while David Millbern is on hand as a venal charmer who milks the rich (Paula Shaw).
The monster is a guy in a suit rather than CGI and it looks effectively terrifying, albeit too tall for a creature that’s supposedly the size of a small bear. Freckled-blond Chelan is cute as ever, but not enough is done with her. The film generally fumbles the ball on the female front. The ship sets are fine, and the movie may even have been shot on an actual vessel, but the long shots of the ship are cartoony CGI, and it’s too obvious. There’s a lot of action as the crew & militarists try to take down the chupacabra, but the creature is SO invulnerable it’s unbelievable. In its favor, the tone is austere and the likable cast takes the material seriously. There’s quite a bit of gore.
I can handle any of the negatives cited above, except for prosaic writing. And that’s the problem with this movie: A by-the-numbers script with no meat on the bones. The flick’s thoroughly banal and it kills it. Kids might like it though.
The movie runs 88 minutes and was shot in Turks and Caicos Islands. The script was written by Steve Jankowski & the director.