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If I didn’t have that handy synopsis you see lurking beneath this passage when I first watched this clip, I seriously doubt I’d know what the hell is going on in the trailer for “The Night of the Chupacabras”. At first glance, the picture looks like a handful of scenarios slapped haphazardly together in a way that suggests that no one involved with the film understands the basics of storytelling. Then again, none of that really matters once you bear witness to the film’s titular beast, a rubbery, giggling little imp that begins tormenting the film’s cast of characters. Despite the trailer’s incoherence, the film looks spectacularly entertaining, especially since it doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously.
To help guide you through this experience, here’s the plot:
A young couple returns to their land of origin in the interior of Espírito Santo in Brazil, a journey through forests and mountains full of mysteries, legends and natural beauty. Douglas Silva (Joel Caetano) finds his family upset over the mysterious death of their farm animals and old conflicts that have long plagued the area’s rival families resurface. The Silva brothers are increasingly certain that the deaths were orchestrated by the neighbouring Carvalho family. However, Douglas’ father knows that something more sinister lurks in the woods. With the families at war, they are faced with an evil greater than they can imagine. Between fights, chases, hunts and lots of shooting, the mythical creature, the Chupacabra, reveals itself for the first time.
Big thanks to Undead Backbrain for translating that synopsis. Like I said, without it, I would be truly lost. “Night of the Chupacabras” opens in Brazil this July. And in case you were wondering, this thing ain’t safe for work.