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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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Helen Brown (as Dee Wallace Stone)
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April Brown (as Nadine Van Der Velde)
Charlie McFadden (as Don Opper)
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Lin Shaye ...
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Art Frankel ...
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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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They eat so fast, you don't have time to scream. See more »


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Release Date:

11 April 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Hora das Criaturas  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)


$13,167,232 (USA)

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[Charlie lifts up Harv off of the floor with one hand]
Charlie McFadden: I hope not you're take over our operation.
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[Harv flies through the window and hits the ground]
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21 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

This movie is one of the rare low-budget horror flicks that are actually good. The basic plot is that little furry monsters (kind of like hairy kirbys with teeth) land from outer space and begin to eat the town they land by. Pretty basic storyline, but this is a monster movie you know. The Critters (or Krites, to be precise), are, while obviously puppets, very cool and well done. The human actors on the other hand...well, they are terrible. The dad, his shoulder and leg practically gnawed of by critters, remains alert and vigilant, even though he's covered in blood. The boy is average, at best. The bounty hunters are alright. The best actor is Charlie, the drunk. He pulls off a very good performance.

Ok, so this movie won't make any headlines, or be famous. But if you are looking for a late night horror movie, with a dash or two of humor, Critters is a good choice!

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