Review of “GoatSucker” by Jason Minton
GoatSucker – 2009
Production by: Big Biting Pig Productions
Distributed by: Big Biting Pig Productions
When sightings of El Chupacabra happen in a small southern town, the locals capitalize on interests with a GoatSucker tour. Hapless Kentucky tourists take a fitting forty-five minute ride in the back of a pick-up truck where they’re dropped off for a killer hiking experience. This touristy hiking company has a money making scheme that promises to show you all the sightings of the Mexican GoatSucker, El Chupacabra. Who knows, you might even spot it for yourself. A laughable, scary themed experience gets too real for this tour group when a member of the tour goes missing and something is spotted following them in the woods. Miles away from civilization the group must work together to try and survive the GoatSucker.
This blood sucking, micro-budget feature from Big Biting Pigs filmmaking duo Steve Hudgins and P.J. Woodside is some of their earlier work, originally being released in 2009 as the production company’s second film. Remastered and re-released for Amazon Prime, the duo’s follies and filmmaking fumbles are displayed on screen in the growing project GoatSucker. Filmmaking basics like sound, lighting, cinematography, acting and dialogue are all learning experiences in a fun hillbilly meets Chupacabra movie.
I was a little surprised to learn how experienced this amateur cast is. One of the things I enjoy most about the film is the realistic people cast. On a screen typically full of Hollywood beauties, it’s nice to see realism in normal people you’d see in everyday life. The performances in GoatSucker vary but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Emily Fitzmaurice as Rhonda in her only acting performance to date. The young beauty of the cast shows off her lungs in a screaming performance that’s so over-the-top, it’s fun while most other roles around her don’t stand out or underwhelm.
Anyone thinking of watching should know that GoatSucker is amateur in every way. I do like the concept of a Chupacabra in the hills of the American south. The rest of the film is a how to of what not to do on screen but still remains captivating and interesting which some bigger films with expensive productions can’t manage to execute. Writer and director Hudgins also provides a fun twist ending as a reward for sitting through this film class.
1 out of 5 Headless Critics