‘Chupa’ (2023). Movie on Netflix. Review: A Juvenile Adventure with a “Special” Friend

Chupa is a Netflix movie directed by Jonás Cuarón starring Evan Whitten and Demian Bichir.

The chupacabra is a legend about an animal that feeds on the blood of goats. Coming all the way from Mexico, the story has become a classic horror story.

This time, Jonás Cuarón gives the story a more youthful twist and turns it into a heartwarming tale of friendship and adventure in the style of the 80’s and those charming and forgettable films that followed in the wake of E.T.

It’s fun to see Christian Slater again.

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Chupa (2023)

Movie Review

Chupa is a youth film created with all the 80’s machinations of these movies that, without inventing anything new at all, makes them work again to perfection demonstrating that the formula, although already very worn, still works with the passage of time.

One of those naive and charming movies that has its fascinating touches and is full of naive magic: perfect for children (not babies) and that, full of morality and good feelings, we liked so much while we were growing up and then forgot once we reached adolescence.

We don’t know how you will feel about this film’s treatment of Mexico nor about so many tacos, wrestling and sombreros… we won’t dwell upon its stereotypes because, on this occasion, it is not a film that intends to be deep nor give us any social insights. It’s a charming young adventure film about a boy and his little chupacabra friend who, like a faithful puppy, will have extraordinary adventures.

Don’t look for more than that, because that’s about as much as it’s about.

It is well made, full of warm feelings and it is a perfect film for those who are nostalgic for those movies from the eighties that we had already forgotten.

Today the formula may be a bit old-fashioned, but it works and it is an occasion like any other to savour the taste of a good E.T. Again … with a chili flavor.

Movie Trailer

Release date

April 7, 2023

Where to Watch Chupa

Netflix

The Cast

'Chupa' (2023). Movie on Netflix. Review: A Juvenile Adventure with a "Special" Friend
Demián Bichir / Chava
'Chupa' (2023). Movie on Netflix. Review: A Juvenile Adventure with a "Special" Friend
Evan Whitten / Alex
'Chupa' (2023). Movie on Netflix. Review: A Juvenile Adventure with a "Special" Friend
Brenda Lorena Garcia / Chupa
'Chupa' (2023). Movie on Netflix. Review: A Juvenile Adventure with a "Special" Friend
Christian Slater / Richard Quinn
'Chupa' (2023). Movie on Netflix. Review: A Juvenile Adventure with a "Special" Friend
Julio Cedillo / Dr. Juan Carlos Ortega
'Chupa' (2023). Movie on Netflix. Review: A Juvenile Adventure with a "Special" Friend
Alex Knight
'Chupa' (2023). Movie on Netflix. Review: A Juvenile Adventure with a "Special" Friend
Adriana Paz
'Chupa' (2023). Movie on Netflix. Review: A Juvenile Adventure with a "Special" Friend
Gerardo Taracena

Ashley Ciarra / Luna
Nickolas Verdugo / Memo

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