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FilmForce | July 12, 1999

El Chupacabra Lives!
The legend of the blood-sucking beast, the chupacabra, comes to the big screen!

by Brian Linder

Watch out! El chupacabra is coming!  According to today's Variety, Joe Roth's Revolution Studios will bring the legendary chupacabra to the big screen.

The chupacabra which means "goat sucker" when translated literally is a creature born out of Puerto Rican folklore that is known for sucking the blood out of animals.  While the creature has never been captured, animal corpses with unexplained neck wounds and drained of all blood have been found for over thirty years.  Reports of similar attacks have been documented in Latin America, and as far North as the Southwestern U.S.

Revolution Studios has hired screenwriter Ravel Centeno-Rodriguez (The Thirteenth Floor) to pen Bloodlust: Legend of the Chupacabra.

Eyewitness accounts during a series of Puerto Rican attacks in 1995 describe the creature as having a "reptilian body, oval head, bulging red eyes, fanged teeth and long, darting tongue."  Some think it's the result of genetic experiments done on vampire bats, others believe it could be extraterrestrial.

In a recent exposé on the chupacabra,
The Learning Channel interviewed America's leading cryptozoologist (cryptozoology is the study of animals that may or may not exist) Loren Coleman on the matter.  He calls the chupacabra "the single most notable cryptozoological phenomenon of the past decade."

"What's unique about the Chupacabra is that it's crossing languages, which I think shows how small our world is getting," says Coleman. "It's sort of like Jennifer Lopez, kind of cross-cultural."  Now there's a comparison I never thought I'd live to see!  It might not be such a bad casting idea either. They could just dress her like they did in The Cell.

It wouldn't surprise me if we saw a rash of films spring up featuring other as-yet-undiscovered creatures like the yeti, sasquatch, and the Loch Ness monster, which could be pretty cool!

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Brian Linder believes 90% of Bigfoot sightings are just FilmForce's Glen Oliver out for a walk.

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