Guns of El Chupacabra A Zen Film

Scott Shaw Guns of El Chupacbara
GUNS OF EL CHUPACABRA
A ZEN FILM
A Mystical Space Western Rock Opera in the Old Electric West of the Future.
 One Space Sheriff
One Blood Thirty Monster
And One Million Bullets

Guns of El Chupacabra is a Spaghetti Western, Creature Feature, Intergalactic Sci-Fi Action Adventure.

Guns of El Chupacabra Stars:

  • International Action Star and Martial Arts Master SCOTT SHAW
  • Penthouse Pet and B-Movie Queen, JULIE STRAIN
  • Co-Creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, KEVIN EASTMAN
  • Indie Film Icons, JOE ESTEVEZ and CONRAD BROOKS
  • Action Star DAVID HEAVENER
  • and the Ultimate Hollywood Bad Guy, ROBERT Z'DAR


Plot:
Guns of El Chupacabra is the Epic Saga of how Jack B. Quick, Space Sheriff (Scott Shaw) battles his way across the galaxy to defeat the intergalactic beats, El Chupacabra and emerges as the Reverend Doctor Saint Francis Blade.

Guns of El Chupacabra is a Visually Stunning, Fast Paced, Non-Stop Action-Adventure, with more bullets flying than in a Hong Kong Action Film. The Hollywood Reporter says, “Guns of El Chupacabra takes the Hollywood Action-Adventure Cult Movie to the next level.”

Film Facts:

  • All of the bullets fired during the creation of these films where actual live rounds.
  • The Television Series Strange Universe did an episode on Guns of El Chupacabra. Click on the title to view.
  • Due to the equipment rented for the editing of Guns of El Chupacabra, Scott Shaw had to edit each scene in reverse, from end to beginning.
  • The 1998 Hollywood Reporter, American Film Market Special Issue, Click on this title to see the listing for Guns of El Chupacabra in the Hollywood Reporter.


Filming Locations:

  • One of the filming locations for Guns of El Chupacabra was Bronson Cave. A great Hollywood landmark and shooting location that has been used in numerous films and television series including its use as, The Bat Cave, in the 1960s television series, Batman.
  • Guns of El Chupacabra also used Vasquez Rocks as a filming backdrop. This location has been seen in numerous films from the 1920s forward, including Roller Blade Seven.
  • Scenes for Guns of El Chupacabra were also filmed in Los Angeles Chinatown and at Olvera Street, one of the oldest established streets in Los Angeles.
  • Another filming location for this movie was Union Station, Los Angeles. Finished in 1939, this railway hub is a spectacular location that has been used in numerous films, television shows, and commercials. It is known as, "The last great railway station."
  • El Mirage Dry Lake was also used. This is a location where numerous films, commercials, and music videos have been shot; from the 1930s forward.
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Music:

  • Here is the link to listen to the GREAT Theme Song that the Sin City Boys created for Guns of El Chupacabra.
  • There is also some great music in this film from Sun City Girls, Cowboy Buddha, and Raz.

Off Site Information:

Awards:
Special thanks to the
Smithee Awards for the awards give to Guns of El Chupacabra.

Guns of El Chupacabra Film Trailer:



Guns of El Chupacabra on the television show, Strange Universe:



Scott Shaw's speech given to the Smithee Awards for Guns of El Chupacabra:



Ghost of El Chupacabra

Here's an interesting piece of Guns of El Chupacabra, Zen Filmmaking history for you. This is the piece that Donald G. Jackson cut from 16mm work print film to present an extended preview of the movie for buyers at the 1997 American Film Market. This was also the piece that was featured on several television interviews with Donald G. Jackson and Scott Shaw in preparation for the release of this film.


Guns of El Chupacabra in Three Minuted and Thirty Seconds
Here is the movie set to the great theme song composed for the film by Kevin Jollimore and performed by Sin City Boys.



Buying Guide:
There are three films that make up the GUNS OF EL CHUPACABRA TRILOGY. They are:

  • GUNS OF EL CHUPACABRA
  • GUNS OF EL CHUPACABRA 2: THE UNSEEN
  • GUNS OF EL CHUPACABRA 3: THE LOST INTERIEWS AKA EL CHUPACABRA: LAS ENTREVISTA PERDIDO: THE LOST INTERVIEWS
Plus two additional films:
  • EL CHUPACABRA the Zen Speed Flick version of the film
  • CRIMES OF EL CHUPACABRA, the PG version of the film
Click on the titles to pick up your copy.

Guns of El Chupacabra
Guns of El Chupacabra
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Guns of El Chupacabra 2
Guns of El Chupacabra II: The Unseen
This is the second film in the GUNS OF EL CHUPACABRA Trilogy. It is the prequel/sequel to GUNS OF EL CHUPACABRA.

Guns of El Chupacabra 3
Guns of El Chupacabra 3: The Lost Interviews
This is the third film in the Guns of El Chupacabra Trilogy. This film peers into the minds of those who have encountered the beast.

EL Chupacabra Las Entrevistas Perdido
A version of Guns of El Chupacabra 3 was also released as:
EL Chupacabra: Las Entrevistas Perdido (The Lost Interviews)

El Chupacabra Zen Speed Flick
El Chupacabra A Zen Speed Flick
This is the Zen Speed Flick version of GUNS OF EL CHUPACABRA. What is a Zen Speed Flick? A Zen Speed Flick is a feature length film cut down to its most essential elements, leaving only the most interesting and fast pasted moments.

Crimes of the Chupacabra
Crimes of the Chupacabra
This 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.


Books:
There is a Great Chapter in Scott Shaw's book, Zen Filmmaking that details the creation of this film. Click on the tilte to pick up your copy and find out what really took place.
Zen Filmmaking
Scott Shaw also presents additional information about Guns of El Chupacabra in these books:

Independent Filmmaking
Independent Filmmaking: Secrets of the Craft

Zen Filmmaking 2
Zen Filmmaking 2: Further Writings on the Cinematic Arts

Zen Filmmaking 3
Zen Filmmaking 3: Expanded Writings on Creative Life and the Cinematic Arts

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Donald G. Jackson: Soldier of Cinema

Other Authors:
Astro-Zombies
There is a great discourse on Guns of El Chupacabra and an interview with Scott Shaw about Zen Filmmaking in the book by Michael Adams, Showgirls, Teen Wolves, and Astro Zombies: A Film Critic's Year-Long Quest to Find the Worst Movie Ever Made

This film is also mentioned in such books as:

American Monsters

The Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters

What Happens Next?: Contemporary Urban Legends and Popular Culture

Magazines:
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Femme Fatales, July 1998, Volume 7, Number 2.
Here's a great extended interview/article, with photographs, about the creation of Guns of El Chupacabra in this issue of Femme Fatales.

Kansai Time Out
Scott Shaw and the Art of Zen Filmmaking.
Here's a fun article that discusses, Guns of El Chupacabra, among other Scott Shaw Zen Films, that appeared in Kansai Time Out Magazine, Japan.

Draculina
There is a great article on the creation of Guns of El Chupacabra titled, Guns of El Chupacabra and the Art of Zen Filmmaking, penned by Scott Shaw and published in the 1997, issue #32, of Draculina Magazine.

femmerfatales
There is also a great interview with Julie Stain and an article on Guns of El Chupacabra in the October 1999, Volume 8, Number 5 issue of Femme Fatales.

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Guns of El Chupacabra Poster
Here is the 1997 Production Poster for Guns of El Chupacabra with its original title, El Chupacabra.

Guns of El Chupacabra 1998
Here is the 1998 Official Release poster for Guns of El Chupacabra.

Chupacabra Theater Card
Here's the 1998 Promo Insert for Guns of El Chupacabra.

Crimes of El Chupacabra
Here's the original poster with the planned release title for Guns of El Chupacabra 2, Crimes of El Chupacabra.

Guns of El Chupacabra Video Box
Here is the original 1998 VHS Video Tape Box for Guns of El Chupacabra.
Video Tapes… Remember those?

Guns of El Chupacabra Credit Card
Guns of El Chupacabra had credit cards created as a promotional tool for the 1998 American Film Market.

You can also view some of these items @
Zen Filmmaking Memorabilia.

Business Card:

Hollywood International
Here was my business card back in the days of Guns of El Chupacabra.


Guns of El Chupacabra Publicity and Production Stills:




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Scott Shaw Julie Strain

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Conrad Brooks Scott Shaw

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Scott Shaw

Julie Strain Kevin Eastman Scott Shaw

Scott Shaw Robert Z'Dar

Scott Shaw Guns of El Chupacabra

Scott Shaw Chupacabra Sword

Scott Shaw Santiago Kid

Conrad Brooks Scott Shaw

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Conrad Brooks

Chupacabra Run

Kevin Eastman

Scott Shaw Vasquez

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Scott Shaw Guns of El Chupacabra

Chup Rodriguez

Dog Boy

Conrad Brooks Julie Strain

Donald G. Jackson Scott Shaw

Joe Estevez

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Julie Luna Strom

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Julie and Mountain Main

Scott Shaw David Heavener

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Donald G. Jackson and Scott Shaw on the Set.

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Scott Shaw directing some action on Guns of El Chupacabra.

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Preparing for a scene on Guns of El Chupacabra.

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Filming on the Set of Guns of El Chupacabra.

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Behind the Scenes on Guns of El Chupacabra.

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Scott Shaw, Conrad Brooks, Donald G. Jackson on the set of Guns of El Chupacabra.

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Scott Shaw, Kevin Eastman, Conrad Brooks behind the scenes on Guns of El Chupacabra.

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Scott Shaw and Donald G. Jackson at the 1997 American Film Market where an extended trailer of Guns of El Chupacabra premiered under its original title, El Chupacabra.

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Donald G. Jackson, Robert Z'Dar, Scott Shaw, and Conrad Brooks at the 1998 American Film Market where Guns of El Chupacabra Premiered.

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Scott Shaw and Donald G. Jackson being interviewed for the television show, Strange Universe, on the set of Guns of El Chupacabra.