Monsterquest Looks at Chupacabra

DATELINE: Or is that Chupalabera?

 Specimen, dead thankfully.

Are you a dog or a cat?  Perhaps you are some kind of hybrid species from interbreeding creatures.

The Chubacupla, or is that Chupacabra, is examined in two locations by the series: Texas and Puerto Rico. It seems that an island is a hard place to reach, meaning it was brought there. These creatures are somewhat similar and are bloodsucking killers who have a thirst, but do not eat flesh.

They are also fearless of people, which is disconcerting.

The Monsterquest team is a wildlife expert and a cryptozoologist who tends to wear all black leather (of course). They make a good team, going out in Texas with bait, infra-red cameras, and nerves of steel. Of course, as expected, one of the key cameras malfunctions, denying us an image.

Puerto Ricans have been seeing the creature for 25 years, and it seems to have come out of hibernation after bad hurricane devastation.

The animals in Texas seem to be covering hundreds of miles, but all share similar DNA and hair follicles.

Locals have shot these things and kept samples of hair, skin, and teeth, that are sent to university scientists. The result is something akin to canine, but likely an interbred wolf, fox, coyote, and hairless dog, or they are likely suffering from mange.

Whatever is out there seems to belong to a growing population. And, we suspect that it won’t be long before we see these creatures in other parts of the nation.

More meat than usual, more results than usual, and the same crypto-questions remain. This was one of the series’ good entries.

 

 

 

Children of Giant: Mexican POV in Marfa

DATELINE: Unavoidable James Dean Strikes Again

Children of Giant Children of Giant!

If you know anything about our Hollywood history books on the story behind making movies, you know that we would be hot on the trail of George Stevens’ 1955 classic epic Giant. 

Made On location in Marfa, Texas, with Elizabeth Taylor as an early feminist in 1920s Texas, and Rock Hudson as the laconic cowpoke who owned Reata, a cattle ranch, you are overwhelmed with James Dean who stood out on the landscape,

However much the director wants to make this a movie about the Mexican discrimination in Texas, James Dean is there to steal the movie. He dominates everything in the fascinating film called Children of Giant.

Actor Earl Holliman is still around to give his perspective, and Jane Withers appears to have declined to participate.

Director Stevens’s son, notable Hollywood producer George Stevens, Jr., offers many insights. They say little about Dean.

It was the film James Dean died making. It was a Western that showed the yellow rose of Texas was a yellow streak of Jim Crow laws against Mexicans. The children loved him, and they saw him as someone special and caring.

Today Marfa’s racism almost seems quaint, next to the horrors being inflicted on Mexicans under Trump.

New York historical novelist Edna Ferber was spot on depicting wild cat billionaire Glenn McCarthy (aka Jett Rink in the movie and book). James Dean’s makeup and style mimics McCarthy in his late middle-age.

Dean is remembered fondly by the Mexican children and adults whom he befriended in Marfa, Texas. Indeed, if you are looking for stories about Dean’s public urination in front of town onlookers, or even the tale of Dean going after director Stevens in a fight over his performance, you will find only slight nods in that direction.

Yet, as a social history document about a social history movie, you could not find a more spot-on documentary. It features townsfolk giving their insights and sharing their unusual photos.

It is nirvana for a movie maven who delights in the behind-the-scenes activity. This little PBS documentary packs a wallop and a message from the children of Marfa in 1955. Unfortunately, James Dean is still the big draw. George Stevens and Edna Ferber could not avoid him then or now.

 Dr. William Russo wrote The Next James Dean, which is available as an ebook and print work on Amazon.