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Critters (1986)

 -  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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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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Steve Elliot
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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
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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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The original tasty entree! See more »


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11 April 1986 (USA)  »

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A Hora das Criaturas  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,167,232 (USA)
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Promoted as New Line's answer to Gremlins (1984). See more »

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In the bowling scene, the pins in the lane to the left of the one that "Ug" (disguised as "Johnny Steele") uses disappears in the last shot of the scene. See more »

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Critter 1: They have weapons
Critter 2: So what
[Critter 2 is shot off the porch]
Critter 1: Fuck!
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Ravenous cheeseballs from outer space!
9 March 2006 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Ah, childhood memories… I hadn't watched "Critters" or any of its sequels since I was a young boy and I nearly forgot how incredibly entertaining they are! Along with "Night of the Creeps" and "Killer Klowns from Outer Space", "Critters" definitely is the most successful horror-comedy of the 80's and it actually even manages to be much better than the blockbuster it obviously borrowed its ideas from, namely Joe Dante's "Gremlins". The screenplay also uses story elements of innumerable other movies (the farm-setting, the space prison concept…) and yet it never really directly rips off any of them, which is quite an admirable effort. Hairy little space monsters, with funky red eyes and an insatiable appetite, escape from their prison transport and land in rural Kansas where they immediately attack farmer Jay Brown's cattle and family. The son of the family tries to reach the nearby village for help, but the Critters (or "Krites", as they're called in space) make it impossible to get away. Luckily enough, there also are two intergalactic bounty hunters with heavy artillery looking for the murderous furballs. The story opens a little slow with an overly extended family portrait of the Browns but, once the critters are rolling over the earth and eating their way through the countryside, Stephen Herek's film is both funny and action-packed at the same time. The dialogs are surprisingly witty and contain numerous references towards great Sci-Fi classics. Particularly the bounty hunters are hilarious, with one of them impersonating a famous rock star and the other indecisive about what appearance he wants to take on. The sharp-teethed Critters are engaging creations, made by the endlessly talented Chiodo-brothers of the aforementioned "Killer Klowns…" The acting performances are rather forgettable. M. Emmet Walsh is underused as the town's sheriff and Dee Wallace Stone tries to look too much like a teenage scream queen. There are early roles for Billy Zane and Lin Shaye, who would only reach their popularity-peak in the 90's. Light-headed fun for the whole family!


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