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This is a film where even the most inept viewer will be able to accurately predict exactly who survives in the first three minutes of the film. Unfortunately developments in the film become even easier to prognosticate in the remaining 85 minutes. The plot is basically that an insane scientist (a cryptozoologist) played by Giancarlo Esposito in full over-the-top Shatner mode captures the elusive Chupacabra, evidently played by Fozzie Bear in a Sleestak mask and swim fins judging from the realism of the effects, and brings it onto a cruise ship where it proceeds to walk on ceilings, jump around like a flea, and eat everyone in sight (as well as a very annoying Yorkshire Terrier).
The good guys are the Captain, played by the genuinely talented John Rhys-Davies, his daughter the shipboard Tae Bo instructor, played by the modestly cute Chelan Simmons, and a US Marshal, and poor man's Tom Cruise, Dylan Neal (they really needed Sam McCloud for his tracking skills). General pandemonium reigns in this tawdry and very unscary affair (the monster really does look like a silly puppet, but is actually a man in a rubber suit), and there are subplots to take our mind off the tension (or relieve the boredom, depending on your point of view). The most annoying subplot (by far) is about a smarmy thief who, while allegedly suave, does not remind anyone as much of James Bond (or even Peter Sellers) as much as Ralph Malph in drag.Read more ›
When this first appeared on SciFi Channel, I think it had a slightly different name. No matter, it's still the same cheese-matic cinema that I've grown to love. Not only does it feature a dude in a rubber suit, it also features natives scared of the beast, a man intent on capturing and studying the beast at no cost, and a slew of idiots on a boat intent on stopping the beast. Standard, unoriginal, fruitless, I know, but it's still a pretty good flick to watch when you've nothing better to do.
The special effects are hokey. The acting is bad. You'll think to yourself, "When's the idiot thief going to get eaten?" In short, you've seen just about every cliche in this flick in just about every other film made on such a low budget.
Just remember, good friends, this film has no intention on garnering accolades from Oscar, Tony, Emmy, etc. It's pure, brainless, silly fun that is meant to kill the evening on which you can't fall asleep. Buy it if you suffer from insomnia, rent it if you don't. Either way, you'll end up thinking that this flick isn't TOOOO bad to watch.
But it DOES have the first genuine, bona fide man-in-a-rubber-suit monster I've seen in ages.
It wasn't long ago that almost any otherworldly creature seen on the screen was a stunt man in a stifling rubber suit. Whether it was a towering Godzilla or a dinky little Saucer Man, a Creature from the Black Lagoon or the Monster of Piedras Blancas, the phoney rubber monster suit ruled the screen.
Here in the age of CGI, I didn't think we'd ever see another of these old-school horrors, so I admit I got a few chuckles out of this film. And if you have fond memories of those hokey, shambling rubberized monsters of yesteryear, maybe you'll smile, too.
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awful, the movie was interesting and all of a sudden its over.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good gawd almighty! I certainly love everything this had to offer. A horrible B-movie with a horrible monster... it was horror-ably entertaining. Read morePublished 23 months ago by T=H=E Time-Traveller
Wow this is a great movie lots of action a must see for any horror lover out their. I love itPublished on October 11, 2013 by Jbarrett
This is a great movie that keeps one on the edge of your seat! I saw part of it on Sci-Fi and wanted the movie to watch it over and over again. Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by kaybee
Stupid people doing stupid things and a monster that looked like a kid could do better. Why weren't these people ashamed of themselves?Published on November 18, 2012 by Ace Rimmer