Title: The Night of the Chupacabras

Also known as:
A Noite do Chupacabras (Original title)

Year: 2011

Genre: Independent / Monster / Horror

Language: Portuguese

Runtime: 107 min

Director: Rodrigo Aragão

Writer: Rodrigo Aragão


In the middle of a family war between the families Silva and Carvalho they're attacked ny something they can only describe as a devil. But it's actually a chupacabra. While trying to dodge bullets from the other family's rifles, they now also have to run away from a bloodthirsty beast.

Our thoughts:
Rodrigo Aragão and Fábulas Negras who surprised me with their zombie film "Mangue Negro" in 2010, are now back with their monster film "The Night of the Chupacabras". This was originally a short film that was also released on the "Mangue Negro" DVD, and it's safe to say it made you interested in a feature version of it.

Other than having a chupacabra hunt down people, we're introduced to the story of two families with their differences. When the local food joint serves food that makes the visitors puke green goo, and one of the families delivered them the meat, a full-blown war has stared. What starts as a bar fight ends up in shoot-outs and murder. But that's not all we're getting - we have the hungry chupacabra. The movie is just as much focused on the family war as it is in the attacks of the chupacabra, which I think is good. Even though I always prefer if there is more of the monster, a lot of movies do the opposite and focus on everything else and then add the monster at the end. It's evenly divided in "The Night of Chupacabras" which essentially is what made the movie as entertaining as it is.

It never manages to be as unique and thrilling as "Mangue Negro" was. But this one feels more professional, at least. It's hard to compare the two because one is a zombie film and the other a monster movie, but after "Mangue Negro" it was easy to expect lots of entertaining gore. This movie has some gore, but it's not gory per se. Most of it looks pretty good and we have some shots that actually manage to be great. Now, what I really liked about this movie was the chupacabra itself. It looks a bit cheesy but at the same time the filmmakers are so unapologetic about it, they WANT to show the creature, and that's a blessing to these movies, especially when it's not CGI. We have a perfectly fine creature here, that looks like it could be the degenerate cousin of the great Gill-man of "Creature From the Black Lagoon". I welcome it with open arms! One thing it's missing in many scenes was the right atmosphere, however.

There are a few films about chupacabras out there but what I enjoy about these films are that since there is no archetype chupacabra to sculpture their beast around, they usually differ in many aspects. Not only designs, but story. Of course there are speculations and some main ideas people follow, but it's not as strict as say a zombie or a werewolf. I'm not sure how many chupacabra films I have seen but two that come to mind are "Mexican Werewolf in Texas" and "Legend of the Chupacabra". Both are horribly cheap, but at the same time I found pleasure in watching them. "The Night of the Chupacabras" probably came out as the better of these three films. It made it more fun, and gave the monster more space.

If you love your monster films then "The Night of the Chupacabras" is worth checking out, no doubt. It's one of the more entertaining chupacabra films that I have seen and its made by a very ambitious director. Between this and "Mangue Negro" I think we will be seeing some cool stuff from Rodrigo Aragão, he is definitely bringing back the fun in some genres. Amazing monster movies are few, and this is definitely not amazing, but I really enjoyed it. If you don't have high standards for these films then you should have fun with this one.

Positive things:
- A pretty interesting chupacabra design.
- Didn't bore me even though it took a little while before the chupacabra arrived on screen.
- Gave the chupacabra enough screen-time.
Negative things:
- Expected it to be slightly gorier, because of "Mangue Negro". I mean, it has enough gore, just not as excessive as expected.
- Has some issues in the lack of atmosphere.
- I never cared for the characters.

Gore: 2.5/5
Nudity: 0.5/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 2.5/5
Comedy: 1.5/5

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