is a good reason why the Pan-American Highway has yet to penetrate the Darien
Gap. For years, it has been a base of operations for the brutal Marxist FARC guerillas,
who have kidnapped and murdered many hikers that unwisely ventured inside.
Frankly, a group of hard partying American tourists is probably lucky to
encounter the mythical Chupacadra instead in Alastair Orr’s Indigenous (trailer here), which releases
today on VOD.
Williams and his hot new girlfriend Steph Logan are meeting up with his three
hedonistic friends for some fun in the Panamanian sun. Trevor, the really
annoying one, starts putting the moves on local bombshell Carmen, who thinks it
would be great fun to check out the waterfall she used to enjoy swimming under,
until the government declared the Darien Gap off limits. Her ambiguously platonic
friend Julio makes her promise not to take the gringos there, but she does
anyway. Chupacabra attacks ensue.
is no point in beating around the bush. Indigenous
is basically a cornball monster movie, but it is exactly the sort of half
disreputable creature feature seriously cult film connoisseurs periodically
crave. It starts out promising, with a lot of cutting dialogue and plenty of
eye candy (from both the bikini babes and surfer dudes). According to the press
notes, Laura Penuela, who plays Carmen, was anointed “Best Body” in the 2009
Miss Colombia pageant, so obviously she was cast for her guitar-playing talent.
problem is when the Chupacadra attacks, the film is so dark in a visual sense,
it is almost impossible to follow the on-screen action. Granted, horror movies
are usually scarier when you can’t see the evil antagonist, but in this case we
are supposed to, but we still can’t. The character of Julio also becomes
laughable ineffectual, as he spends most of the second half driving around
aimlessly, while leaving pointless voice messages for assorted characters.
the creature make-up is pretty good, at least when we get to see it. As for the
ensemble led by the bland Zachary Soetenga and recognizable TV regular Lindsey
McKeon (One Tree Hill, Supernatural), they are certainly all
quite fit. Several also have a knack for snarky attitude, which is more than
you might expect.
is a mediocre film at best, but if that is
perversely attractive to you, then definitely have at it, as long as we all understand
where we are coming from. This is just the sort of teasingly chaste,
occasionally gory exploitation film that never goes out of fashion. For those of
you who know who you are, Indigenous releases
today on VOD.
Labels: Chupacadra, Horror Movies, VOD