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Plot: A massive ball of furry creatures from another world eat their way through a small mid-western town followed by intergalactic bounty hunters opposed only by militant townspeople. Written by Keith Loh Runtime: 86 min Release Date: 11 Apr 1986
It takes all kinds of critters... (by lee_eisenberg)
Ah, where would the world be without corny '80s movies? "Critters" is certainly one of the best examples, portraying a bunch of nasty little space creatures attacking a Midwestern family it's always gotta be the Midwest, doesn't it? . As this is pure goofiness, they don't waste any time trying to explain anything logically; they get right down to the wackiness, full scale.Anyway, it's one of those movies that you watch with best buds, or while sitting around in your underwear or both . Don't explain a religious experience, just luxuriate in the silliness. <more>
And to think that it was directed by Stephen Herek, who also directed "Mr. Holland's Opus" as far as I know, those were the only two good movies that he ever did . Starring Dee Wallace-Stone that's right, ET's mom! , M. Emmet Walsh of "Midnight Cowboy" fame , Billy Zane the "Titanic" villain and Lin Shaye the "Something About Mary" neighbor . Really cool.
This Movie Is A Classical Version Of Why We Are Afraid Of Monsters (by burtgum)
Ever since I watched this movie when I was 4, I always knew it would be my favorite of All Time.This Movie is a perfect look of how we can take a plot that may sound sort of pathetic, and make it a hit. This movie has great special effects for its time, as well as great looks. The Critters are Nasty looking and can give you quite a scare. They'll make you think twice about walking into a basement.It has been told and said that CRITTERS is a copy of the "CLASSIC" movie Gremlins. Personally, I think thats just an excuse because this movie rocks and put some pressure on the Gremlin <more>
people.You cant look at this movie as a modern aged and modern special effects man. This was 86, and not the biggest time of great effects. Even so, if you haven't seen this movie, get down to the movie store and rent it!
Critters is a classic. Well,not many people know about this film,but for me,it's a classic film,and it will be a classic film for me forever. I hope I'll never forget this film. In my opinion,I'm lucky,because I've got the "Critters series limited edition hairy box set". So. I think,Episode 1 is the best of the series. It's not too violent,but it's funny. Best horror-comedy I've ever seen. Critters is better than Gremlins. And Critters is a better horror-comedy than Scary Movie. In my opinion,Critters is the scariest of these films. If you like the <more>
horror-comedies,and you want to laugh,you have to see it. You can't afraid of it,and this is the reason why it's so lovely. : Are you agree with me? Critters is the best horror-comedy!
I don't know why is this movie so underrated. 5,7 stars only? Critters is a true classic, and though it's a B-movie, it still has less plot holes than today's movies, and it has both scary and funny scenes. The acting is a lot better than in other 80's popcorn movies, it's a nice horror flick! In my opinion, it's better than the Gremlins. The only problem with Critters, is that the sequels are all bad or at least worse than the first movie . I recommend this film to everyone, the church scene is hilarious, the ending is creepy, with two words: Really Good! I own a <more>
special edition with a furry DVD case. Looks great on the shelf! 9/10
Fun and enjoyable creature feature (by kannibalcorpsegrinder)
After escaping capture out in space, a group of ravenous aliens land in rural America and begin eating their way through the small-town population forcing a family to team with a pair of alien bounty hunters to stop the creatures.This here was one of the more enjoyable and fun 80s-era cheesy creature features. What really gives this one a lot of enjoyment is the rather fun way this one manages to feature their cheesy nature despite still maintaining a strong sense of horror throughout here. While their very nature of being miniature hairy-reptilian beings obviously being small puppets, <more>
there's some great fun to be had as the creatures' goofy antics and behavior allows for plenty of comedy where they'll decidedly act like simplistic out-of-their-element and instead are keeping their natural instincts alive where they just go after anything and everything in their path with a vicious appetite that goes along with their discussions with each other. That makes for a great contrast to their threat here as they are kept as formidable as possible within this setting so their leaping emergence from the shadows in the basement, the first attack on the couple in the barn and cutting off the family's escape attempt all manage to feature a rather enjoyable sense of fear from the proceedings that makes them so enjoyable. With the escape attempt also leading into the fun barricade-measures to try to keep them at bay being a truly enjoyable series of action scenes that get incredibly fun while also containing their goofy antics throughout and setting up the big finale involved here. The science-fiction elements present throughout this part of the film, from the introduction of the aliens and the shape-shifting bounty hunters with their powerful laser weapons introduced here also manages to work nicely here by giving this one some extra action with the aliens' attack on the house clearing out the creatures and the finishing touch in the ship as it departs which is all in good fun as this manages to mix in the action with the sci-fi elements for an overall great part to this as well. With the great creature design and no real drag here from the pacing keeping this one moving along smoothly, it has a lot to like here that holds up over the film's one apparent and obvious flaw. The fact that this one is so goofy and cheesy might make it quite a chore for some who aren't that interested in this kind of schlocky effort. While there's certainly every effort made here to point out that's the case here with the plot and general atmosphere here, even this at times ventures too far into straight cheese which might be somewhat challenging. Otherwise, there's little stopping this one from being as fun as it is.Rated PG-13: Language and Violence.
Maybe it's some russion spy probe... (by TomConnors)
In 1986 "Critters" catered to the crowed that loved '84's "Gremlins", and '85's "Ghoulies", and the crowed that found Gremlins a little tame for there gory tastes. Though "Critters isn't an all out 'horror' film, it carries the fine line between Sci-Fi-Horror affair much like "Alien".The difference between "Critters" and "Gremlins" are subtle, but enough to make this a worthy picture for mass concumption. "Gremlins" was intended to be a comedy, but fell on the fine line with it's <more>
realistic violence. This ofcourse was helped though by the films sequal "Gremlins 2: The New Batch", but "Critters" is more strait forward sci-fi, without trying to cuddle you in. The story is pretty basic, you could run the first 10-15 minutes of "Wizard of Oz" and then splice into "Critters" where the action begins, and you really wouldn't notice much of a difference other than Dorothy gets much older real fast, and one of the Lolly Pop Guild is our protaganist.The Brown family, a farm family outside of a small town in Kansas is invaded by small "Popple" like creatures from outer space that escaped from a prison hold on the other end of the galaxy. The "Krites" as they are called by the bounty hunters that follow them, begin to feed and grow on cops, cattle, and unsuspecting boyfriends. This low budget romp is fun, and funny, I think that the bluntness with the gore and sci-fi/horror atmosphere makes this stand apart from "Gremlins", but let's all face it, the pitch for the movie was: "Gremlins" meets "Alien"! Scott Grimes plays our young hero by the name of Brad. Don Opper plays his friend, and father's employee Charlie, whom part isn't as large here as it is in the sequals, other than the crazy guy running around warning everybody, ala' "Friday the 13th", and so on. Dee Wallace Stone plays her typical scared mother role, with M. Emmit Walsh chewing up the screen as Sheriff Harv, and rocker Terrence Mann as the ultra cool Bounty Hunter, Ug. "Critters" is fun as long as you don't take it too seriously.
Amusing Sci-Fi Horror Thriller with an Sense of Humor. (by hu675)
Eight flesh eating aliens has escaped from a maximum security prison in space! These aliens are traveling to Earth to eat anything living. The Brown Family Dee Wallace Stone, Billy Green Bush, Scott Grimes, Nadine van de Velde are being stalked and trapped in their own farm house. The only ones that could help The Brown Family is a shape- shifting trigger happy bounty hunters that could help destroy the aliens.Directed by Stephen Herek Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Life or Something Like It, Mr. Holland's Opus made an genuinely well made low-budget sci-fi/thriller with <more>
comedic overtones. This film was a small box office success. The film went on to be a Cult Favorite. Also starring in this film is M. Emmet Walsh as a Sheriff, Terrence Mann as the lead Bounty Hunter and Don "Keith" Opper as Charlie. Which Opper did some additional writing for this film. Lin Shaye from "Kingpin" and "There's Something About Mary" fame has a bit part. Watch for Billy Zane has a bit part as well.DVD has an sharp anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1 transfer Also in Pan & Scan and an good digitally remastered:Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround. DVD also includes an alternate ending as a hidden feature. "Critters" is amusing knock-off to "Gremlins" but done extremely well, despite it's low budget. Written by the director and Domonic Muir. From a Story by Muir. Robert Shaye The Then-Founder of "New Line Cinema" executive produced the film. This is worth seeing. Followed by Three Sequels. *** ½/***** .
C+ This in all sanity is a terrible movie. It doesn't take a critic to blow the film out of the water, aiming at its acting and simplistic story. True, because of its one dimensional characters one can't fully commit to the movie. However, I love certain aspects of it which leads to my love for the film itself. Firstly, the film is purely a fun one, its purpose solely being to blend, sci-fi and comedy, as well as horror of course. The Critters themselves are fiendish little bastards and I love them. Some consider them to be a cheap knock off of "Gremlins" but believe it or <more>
not the originality is actually debatable, so for what it's worth discrediting the film on that notion is invalid in itself.The concept of bounty hunters coming to earth to kill monsters was pretty cool. The film slowly becomes the hyped-up sugar-driven child's lame dream come true. For that bit of nostalgia, how can I not honor it? Plus the score by is not so bad and there are even a few stars in it, like Dee Wallace-Stone and Billy Zane. I love to watch it again and again, for the sake of having a good laugh if anything.
Very fun and entertaining sci-fi/horror film! (by Horror_Metal)
I've been watching this movie since I was a little kid and have loved it since the first day I saw it. I have a lot to say here but before I begin I'd like to say that if you ever read a review that says this is a ripoff of Gremlins, ignore it. Not only is this film way better than Gremlins but it is definitely not a ripoff and I'll explain why. Okay, maybe they got the idea slightly from Gremlins but this is very original and the only thing the two films have in common is the little furry monsters that eat people well the Critters do anyway, Gremlins is more of a Family movie . <more>
Just because Gremlins was made first means nothing. I guess every zombie movie is a rip off of Night of the Living Dead since it was I think the first. Also the Critters are from space and Gremlins doesn't even really have a back story I'm not going into detail .With that out of the way, these are the reasons that Critters is an all time favorite of mine and always will be: the actors playing the family Billy Green Bush, Dee Wallace Stone, Nadine Van Der Velde and Scott Grimes are fantastic and actually feel like a real family. I was blown away by their amazing performance, and that of every other actor in the film. The story is highly entertaining and very original too nevermind the Gremlins similarities which everyone looks too hard for and consists of eight killer fur balls which look very real I might add who escape an intergalactic prison, steal a ship then head to Earth for some tasty human flesh to snack on. But my favorite scenes involve a duo of shape shifting bounty hunters, who cause way more destruction than the Critters and have the whole town terrified which is hilarious as I guess all they care about is getting their paycheck . In order to blend in, one of them transforms into a rockstar Terrence Mann , and the other one changes into three different people including the town drunk Charlie Don Opper who, along with Mann, stars in all of the Critters films . They show up and destroy a church and a bowling alley looking for the ferocious krites then finally find them at the house of the family in which the film centers around. You'll notice that they only kill one krite ! and leave the whole town in shock with their pointless damage it's still very funny . I could go on and on about this film which I love and own on DVD along with it's three sequels which are still good but don't even compare with this entry that star Opper, who eventually becomes the main character, and Mann, who returns as the alien bounty hunter Ug who is still in the same form for some reason. The direct-to-video third film actually isn't very good at all and the fourth film which was filmed back to back with part three and was also released direct-to-video is a whole lot better but just really depressing as the whole thing takes place in space in the future. I love these films which will always be some of the greatest low budget movies ever made.