A Passion For Horror
Beast of the Alamo
There is no doubt that Estrada and some of the others are capable of providing much better performances, so it is somewhat of a mystery what has gone wrong here. The script is poor, so that may be a big part of the problem, and maybe the director must shoulder some of the blame, but the poor quality CGI effects used—the Chupacabras—may suggest there was not enough money in the pot, so perhaps the movie was a rush job. For whatever reason though, this movie has very little going for it and is substandard to any number of indie movies.
• Poor dialogue.
• A rumoured tunnel in the Alamo is found very quickly when a means of escape is needed and the fact that it has been hiding in a cupboard for decades, with a few boards nailed over it, makes it all the more surprising it was not discovered sooner.
• San Antonio seems to have a distinct lack of citizens.
• The Chupacabra wipe out a gang of drug dealers and kill the toughest cop in the department, but Seguin's daughter successfully defends herself with nothing more than an electric carving knife. Moments later she nukes the dead monster's amigo by throwing it inside the microwave oven. Not to be left out, her best friend steam irons a chupacabra to death.
• A cop's dog becomes dog food so he takes out his camera instead of his gun and becomes just another chupacabra lunch date.
There are many more examples, but interested parties will need to inflict themselves with a viewing if they want to know more.
The subplot about Seguin trying to pull his family together after his wife's death is effective, but it is lost on this movie. The movie could also have been improved by further exploring the relationship between Seguin and Tracy, even then it would still require a small miracle to make this story work.
The most shudder worthy scene? Easily the one where a teenager wrestles himself free from his girlfriend and goes to take a leak—bad idea, because a sausage-loving chupacabra makes a quick meal of his equipment and leaves him peeing blood down his trousers and onto his girlfriend—a thing like that can ruin even the best of relationships.
Beast of the Alamo is probably a movie that Erik Estrada fans all over the world will want to see, but should probably be avoided by everyone else except those who are exceptionally brave when it comes to frighteningly bad movies.
Beast of the Alamo
is available to buy or rent on DVD, and can also be purchased from
several video on demand services, but a Blu-ray option was not
available at the time of this review.
Rating 2 out of 5
Runtime: 84 mins