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Chupacabra Territory (2016/Maltauro Blu-ray)/Vampire Bat (1933/Film Detective Blu-ray)

Picture: B-/B Sound: B- Extras: C+/B Film: D/B

Now for two creature features...

Chupacabra Territory

''Darkness is born'' in the recent micro-budgeted found footage horror film Chupacabra Territory (2016) - a film that tries to take the infamous cryptid and bring it to life ala The Blair Witch Project. Of course, this footage was ''discovered'' by the Government as proof of the creature's existence to make it seem all the more real, however, the bad acting and several cutaways and editing ultimately take away from any sense of realism or creditability. Worst of all are the special effects, which mainly consist of several god-awful digital blood sprays that don't move with the image and look incredibly fake. As for the Chupacabras themselves, let's just say they are most effective when they aren't seen.

The film is directed by Matthew McWilliams and stars indie stars Sarah Nicklin, Michael Reed, and Alex Hayek.

Four friends set off with their filmmaking equipment to Pinewood Forest to find evidence of the Chupacabra, an ancient gnome like species with red eyes and rat-like stature that kills animals and humans alike. Of course, these four friends end up encountering the creatures - capturing conclusive evidence on video and fleeing for their lives in the process. Will any of them make it out alive? Or will their blind stupidity get in the way?

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (448 kbps) track, the presentation is pretty standard for Blu-ray and look as good as it can. The film utilizes several different types of cameras from handheld to go pros, with the occasional static effect to make things seem authentic.

Special Features...

Interview with the Cast

An Interview with Director, Editor, and Producer


Photo Gallery

There's nothing groundbreaking about this film and it isn't very brave or overly gory. Just another lackluster entry in the found footage genre.

Vampire Bat

Preserved by the UCLA Film and Restoration Archive and presented on Blu-ray disc from Film Detective is horror classic Vampire Bat (1933), which features Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, Maude Eburne, George E. Stone, and Dwight Frye. Made just two years after Universal's Dracula, the film features highly creative camerawork for the time and stunning direction by Frank R. Strayer.

In the remote village of Klineschloss, people are turning up dead and the victims are found drained of their blood, with many guessing vampires to be responsible. Police Inspector Karl remains skeptical, scientist Dr. von Niemann cares for the vampire's victims one by one, and suspicion falls on simple-minded Herman Gleib because of his over fondness for bats (he compares them to cats), but is the cause of these deaths that predictable or is something more sinister at hand?

Presented in 1080p high definition (black and white) with a full frame 1.33:1 presentation and a lackluster English: DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono (48kHz, 24-bit) lossless track - the film looks and sounds better than previous releases but is by no means perfect. Interior shots always have more detail and clarity than night time exteriors. The audio dialogue tracks have a slight hiss to them, where other moments that are quieter do not, as other sites have also mentioned. I have seen more impressive transfers on other films from this period, but this is by no means awful.

Special Features...

Audio Commentary by Sam Sherman

Featurette: Becoming the son of Melvyn Douglas

This is a fun film and it's nice to have it on Blu-ray disc. Though the presentation isn't perfect, it simply may be the best that the print can look due to its condition, age and budget limits of the restoration.

- James Lockhart



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