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Critters (1986)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Horror | 11 April 1986 (USA)
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A race of small, furry aliens make lunch out of the locals in a farming town.

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Cast

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Helen Brown (as Dee Wallace Stone)
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Jay Brown
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Nadine Van der Velde ...
April Brown (as Nadine Van Der Velde)
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Charlie McFadden (as Don Opper)
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Jeff Barnes
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Johnny Steele / Ug
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Reverend Miller
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Michael Lee Gogin ...
Warden Zanti
Art Frankel ...
Ed
Douglas Koth ...
Bowler #1
Montrose Hagins ...
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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 <loh@sfu.ca>

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,167,232 (USA)
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Trivia

When the Critters are destroying the bedroom, one comes across an E.T. Extraterrestrial (1982) vinyl plush toy and devours it. This adds to the satire of the film, referencing and homaging Hollywood's monster boom with films like "Gremlins" (1984), "Ghostubusters" (1984), and "Ghoulies" (1985). See more »

Goofs

Lee breaks off the patrol car's gear shift when first trying to learn to operate it. But, we later see them shifting the car into Park and Drive. See more »

Quotes

[Transformer disguises himself as Charlie and turns towards the pool players]
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Crazy Credits

After the very end of the credits, once the theme has ended followed by the title, you can hear the sounds of alien critters laughing. See more »

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Soundtracks

Power of the Night
Written by Terrence Mann, Richie Vetter and Dodie Pettit
Performed by Mann
Produced by Richie Vetter for East Coast Productions, Inc.
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Good 80's Sci-fi horror comedy.
12 May 2006 | by (Albuquerque New Mexico) – See all my reviews

Somewhere in space, a prison asteroid was going to have a vicious gang of furry basketball-shaped razor-toothed creatures called "Krites" until they suddenly escape to Earth so they can eat whatever comes in their way. The Brown family ( Billy Green Bush, Scott Grimes, Dee Wallace Stone, Nadine Van Der Valde) will have one hell of a night fighting off these hungry hairballs that not even Sheriff Harv ( M. Emmet Walsh) and lovable drunk Charlie ( Don Opper) can stop them until a pair of intergalactic shape-shifting bounty hunters named Ug ( Terrence Mann) and Lee comes to the rescue to kill these things.

Funny and entertaining horror/Sci-fi comedy with charm and wit plus a good sense of humor. The film was kind of a cash-in on the success of "Gremlins" but it's not really like "Gremlins" but more in the tradition of those 50's Sci-fi flicks and E.C. comics, Billy Zane does a nice early appearance before he became a major star and Don Opper becomes quite the lovable drunk that anyone can relate too.

This movie does have some good special effects for it's time including those bounty hunter transformations, if your looking for a fun lighthearted Sci-fi/horror combo with humor then this is it.

Also recommended: "Critters 2: The Main Course", "The Deadly Spawn" ( a.k.a. Return of the Aliens The Deadly Spawn), "Bad Taste", " Killer Klowns from Outer Space", " The Thing ( 1982)", "Night of the Creeps", "Slither", " Doom", "Mars Attacks!", " Dreamcatcher", " War of the Worlds ( 1953 and 2005)", "The Terminator 1 & 2", " The Fifth Element", " Starship Troopers", " Evil Dead II", " The Blob ( 1958 and 1988)", " Species", " Alien Series", "Predator 1 & 2", "AVP: Alien vs. Predator", "Men in Black", "They Live", "Contamination", "Pitch Black", "Insemenoid", "Lifeforce", "Pod People", "The Faculty", "X-Files: Fight the Future" and "NightBeast" .


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