September 27, 2023

FSM Media

by Dianna Ranere

CHUPA | Starring Demián Bichir, Christian Slater and Introducing Evan Whitten | Official Trailer

Chupa. Evan Whitten as Alex in Chupa. Cr: Netflix © 2023

CHUPA premieres on Netflix April 7, 2023

Chupa. Christian Slater as Richard Quinn in Chupa. Cr. Tony Rivetti Jr./Netflix © 2023

Shy 13-year-old Alex (Evan Whitten) flies from Kansas City to Mexico to meet his extended family for the first time. There he meets his grandfather and former lucha libre champion Chava (Demián Bichir), energetic, wrestling-obsessed cousin Memo (Nickolas Verdugo), and fearless, hip cousin Luna (Ashley Ciarra). But just as Alex begins to get his bearings, he discovers a mythical creature living under his grandfather’s shed: a young chupacabra cub, which he recognizes from stories of the feared, full-grown chupacabra, fabled to feed on farmers’ livestock. Alex soon learns that his new friend “Chupa” has a secret history with his family, and that dogged, dangerous scientist Richard Quinn (Christian Slater) is hunting the misunderstood creature to try and harness his powers. To protect Chupa from impending danger, Alex sets off on the adventure of a lifetime, one that will push the bonds of his newfound family to the brink, and remind him that life’s burdens are lighter when you don’t have to carry them alone.

Chupa. (L-R) Ashley Ciarra as Luna, Demián Bichir as Chava , Evan Whitten as Alex and Nickolas Verdugo as Memo in Chupa. Cr. Tony Rivetti Jr./Netflix © 2023

Directed by Jonás Cuarón (Desierto), and produced by 26th Street Pictures’ Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe (The Christmas Chronicles), CHUPA is a nostalgic journey through myth, memory, and the making of one’s own personal legend.