Alastair Orr’s creature-featured Indigenous has just debuted its trailer as it sets up for its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend. The trailer is all kinds of awesome as it features a wicked creature design—a blood-sucking Chupacabra—that makes happy meals out of a bunch of friends who go wandering off into the jungle. I’m a sucker for a practical effects driven creature-feature with a monster design that’s actually scary; surprisingly, that’s something the horror genre doesn’t see that often anymore. The trailer goes straight for the jugular and unleashes a terrifying glimpse at the film’s creature—and it looks like something that crawled straight out of the darkest corners of a nightmare.
It’s a smart trailer that offers just a very quick look at the creature, leaving the rest up to the imagination. It’s a tactic that some of the best monster movies use and it’s one that I hope the film holds onto because in movies like this, sometimes less is more. There’s definitely going to be elements of found-footage in this one, but based on the trailer it looks like it’s going to be a blend of shaky-cam meets the traditional cinematic format. And I hope that’s actually the case because found-footage is always at its very best when it’s used sparingly.
A group of five American friends on the cusp of adulthood travel to Panama to relax and reconnect. They befriend a local woman in their hotel bar—and despite some ominous whispers—she goes against the specific instructions of her brother and brings the Americans on a day trip into the pristine falls at the nearby jungle. What begins as an innocent outing to a picturesque waterfall quickly turns terrifying after she suddenly goes missing. As night closes in, the friends realize too late the truth behind the rumors—the legendary, blood-sucking Chupacabra is now stalking them.
Indigenous stars Zachary Soetenga, Lindsey McKeon, Pierson Fode, Sofia Pernas, Laura Penuela, Juanxo Villaverde.