Saturday, November 6, 2021

Crimes of the Chupacabra on Amazon Prime

 Crimes of the Chupacabra is the PG version of the Cult Film Classic, Guns of El Chupacabra.

This version was original released only to Asia. Removed is the adult content that some may find offensive, replacing it is footage seen in no other version of the film. Click on the title to view the film on Amazon Prime.

 Crimes of the Chupacabra on Amazon Prime Video

 

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Guns of El Chupacabra DVD

 

As of 4 June 2021 Amazon.com will no longer be distributing films on DVD from Independent Film Production Companies like Light Source Films. We are now offering our DVD's via a new distribution company. If you want to pick up a Guns of El Chupacabra DVD here's the link:

Guns of El Chupacabra DVD

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

GUNS OF EL CHUPACABRA


Here's a fun/interesting recently rediscovered review of Guns of El Chupacabra

By Steve Latshaw

The "B" or independent movie world is a pretty dull place these days. Discounting the pseudo-amateur soft-core epics flooding the back bins at Best Buy, most of today's "B" efforts are carbon copies of bigger budget action movies saddled with whoever the latest, bankable "name" star and filled with stock shots from those same bigger offerings. I should know; I've written a pile of 'em.

But GUNS OF EL CHUPACABRA is good, old-fashioned, honest-to-godfrey independent filmmaking with a capital "I." It's subversive while remaining true to its genre roots - at times stupefyingly bizarre, always unsettling and occasionally confusing - shaking your understanding of plot structure and story development so thoroughly that you doubt your own sanity. How's that for a compound sentence? Fine. It's a compound movie.

Directed by one of the last of his breed, maverick filmmaker Donald G. Jackson (the man who brought us - among other things - HELL COMES TO FROGTOWN and the classic ROLLER BLADE WARRIORS.), GUNS OF EL CHUPACABRA is the best "B" movie I've seen in years and full of surprises. It starts off like a standard, cheap-ass exploitation film... with Space Queen B Julie Strain (who else) reclining on a cheap-ass exploitation space ship set, ordering Samurai-Sword Wielding Space Sheriff Jack B. Quick (Scott Shaw) to earth where he's set to tangle with crazed cannibal hunters, spies, angels, demons, DogBoys, Mexican bounty hunters, an assortment of famous B movie icons, filmmakers and El Chupacabra his self, a rubber-suited, slobbering, carnivorous monster. And so, director Jackson carries us along on this roller-coaster ride through lots of fun mayhem, including lots of bullets, beautiful nude girls doing martial arts and firing guns and always-welcome gratuitous violence cut music-video style to one of the best rock/folk/country/spaghetti western scores I've heard in a long time, when all of a sudden the film lurches in a completely different direction. Before long we're watching a film within a film - and asking ourselves whether it's a movie about El Chupacabra - or a documentary about the making of a movie about El Chupacabra - or a movie about El Chupacabra killing off people participating in a documentary about the making of a movie about El Chupacabra or... my brain hurts. But it all gets resolved in the end, after much blood-spilling and teeth-gnashing. Initially confusing; ultimately satisfying in its creation of its own special alternate universe(s), GUNS OF EL CHUPACABRA plays like THE MATRIX. If directed by Luis Buenel. In Mexico. On Acid. With A Rubber Monster.

Like most of Jackson's films, GUNS OF EL CHUPACABRA is filled with filmmic nods to everything from modern martial arts to Republic serials. Such B movie icons as David Heavener, Conrad "Plan 9" Brooks, and Rocket Ranger Joe Estevez pop into view at various points; B movie heavy Robert Z'Dar turns in his best work as a space villain with serious anger issues. We even see Don Jackson, gamefully playing both a documentarian and himself, desperately trying to get his star to stick around in the closing minutes for "one more take."

GUNS OF EL CHUPACABRA works on a couple of levels. It follows the tried-and-true Corman formula of "Beasts, Breasts and Blood" in abundance, while at the same time savaging that formula, turning the genre upside down and inside out.

A wild-ass roller coaster ride, brain-draining, never a dull moment. Damned fun. Don's movies are always fun. And smart. That's what I like best about his latest. In GUNS OF EL CHUPACABRA, Don makes you think while he's cutting your throat.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Scott Shaw and the Art of Zen Filmmaking - The Hollywood File Japan

Here's a fun piece, published in Kansai Time Out Magazine, Japan in 2008, where the author, Matt Kaufman, talks about Guns of El Chupacabra and other Scott Shaw Zen Films.

By Matt Kaufman

Scott Shaw is a martial arts expert, author, actor and filmmaker who grew up in Hollywood and spent many years in Asia, including China, Korea, Japan, India, and Thailand. He holds an eighth-degree black belt in both hapkido and taekwondo and is one of the few actors in Hollywood that can expertly wield a samurai sword. Shaw began acting in Hong Kong and Japanese films in the late 80s and early 90s, and also nabbed small roles in major American television shows and films such as Seinfeld and The Player. In 1990, Shaw teamed up with the filmmaker Donald G. Jackson, the notorious director of low-budget cult classics such as Hell Comes To Frogtown, on a new production called The Roller Blade Seven.

The shoot was marred by all sorts of headaches, mostly due to interference from the producer, who made the Hollywood bottom-feeders in Elmore Leonard's novel Get Shorty seem like cinematic geniuses. The producer spent most of the budget hiring "name" actors; in this case, Frank Stallone, which meant that Shaw had to edit and score the film on his own. From this experience, Shaw and Jackson developed a new style of independent production that Shaw dubbed "zen filmmaking." In this approach, there are no scripts or sets. All rules are thrown out the window. The filmmakers have an idea of what they want to do, show up at a location, and feed lines to the actors just before the cameras roll. Actors are encouraged to improvise and experiment, and this often creates very natural and spontaneous dialog. The main problem with most low-budget movies is that the screenplays are written by untalented hacks. The producers are not going to hire someone like David Mamet or Charlie Kaufman to write a genre film, so sometimes it makes more sense to allow the actors to be creative and see where it goes. Zen filmmaking often comes together in the editing process, something that has become much easier and cost efficient in recent years.

The most interesting Shaw/Jackson collaboration is Guns of El Chupacabra (1997), a film that has been described as "Fellini meets the Coen Brothers." It's an acid-tinged spaghetti western about a space sheriff named James B. Quick who has come to earth to kill mythical creatures in the desert. The cast includes B-movie legends Joe Estevez (brother of Martin Sheen) and Robert Z'Dar (Samurai Cop), Penthouse Pet Julie Strain and her husband, Teenage Mutant Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman, and Conrad Brooks, an actor who appeared in the films of legendary director Ed Wood (Plan 9 From Outer Space). All of these actors were quick to embrace the creativity that Zen filmmaking allows and have appeared in many Scott Shaw films over the years. The first film that Scott Shaw directed on his own was Samurai Vampire Bikers from Hell (the title says it all), which was made in 1992 and took only two days to film. Several Japanese actors are in the cast, including Nakamura Saemi, who later appeared in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers. Samurai Vampire Bikers From Hell was one of the first feature films to be shot on video and won an award at the 1993 Tokyo Experimental Film Festival.

In the 2001 film Undercover X (aka No Boundaries), Shaw plays an undercover LAPD detective named Truck Baker, a cross between action star Chuck Norris and The Dude from The Big Lebowski. He's laid-back, but he can also tear your head off with his bare hands. Newcomer Richard Magram plays Shaw's hyperactive partner Torino, who rambles on and on like Joe Pesci after four cups of espresso. The two actors work very well together and there's some priceless improvised dialog in the film, most notably in a scene in which Torino gets into an argument in a bar about whether drinking beer straight from the bottle is more manly than using a glass.

Undercover X was partially filmed in Seoul and Tokyo, and the natural lighting and backdrop of these "exotic locales," shot with handheld digital cameras, come across as more authentic than the faux Asia seen in Hollywood films like Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift. In the past few years, several major directors have started to incorporate elements of Zen filmmaking into their work, such as Sofia Coppola, who filmed a great deal of Lost in Translation on location without a script; Gus Van Sant (Gerry); Steven Soderbergh (Full Frontal and Bubble); and Brian DePalma (Redacted). There are also a few similarities (and some major differences) between Zen filmmaking and the Dogme 95 movement created by Lars Von Trier.

Scott Shaw can make a film that costs next to nothing and if it doesn't come out the way he expected; who cares? He'll just move on to the next one. Hollywood types, on the other hand, are always lecturing us about supporting important causes like the Amazon Rainforest, but then they go ahead and waste obscene amounts of money making incredibly bad films like the recent All The Kings Men remake, which starred Sean Penn and Jude Law. The screenplay, written by Academy Award winner Steve Zaillian (Schindler's List), didn't help either because the film lost over $55 million. They should have just made a Zen film over the weekend and given the rest of the money to charity.


You can also find this article at:  

Scott Shaw and the Art of Zen Filmmaking
and
Hollywood File Japan 

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Guns of El Chupacabra in Femme Fatales Magazine

Here's a link to a fun article written in 1998 about Donald G. Jackson, Scott Shaw, and Zen Filmmaking in association with their film, Guns of El Chupacabra and published in Femme Fatales Magazine.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Guns of El Chupacabra: The Story of the Production



 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Guns of El Chupacabra: The Screenplay

 

Check out the screenplay at:  Guns of El Chupacabra: The Screenplay.

Crimes of the Chupacabra on Amazon Prime

  Crimes of the Chupacabra is the PG version of the Cult Film Classic, Guns of El Chupacabra. This version was original released only to As...