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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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Jay Brown
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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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Reverend Miller
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Warden Zanti
Art Frankel ...
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Douglas Koth ...
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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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They eat so fast, you don't have time to scream. See more »


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11 April 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Hora das Criaturas  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,167,232 (USA)
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Terrence Mann performs the song "Power of the Night" as Johnny Steele especially for this movie. See more »

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In the closing scenes when Harv returns the family to their home, he drives the police car past the barn and stops alongside a fence in front of trees and a field. The same side view of the car is shown a few shots later but now the vehicle is back along side the barn again. See more »

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Brad Brown: Did you see that meteor?
Jay Brown: I saw something.
Brad Brown: Maybe it's a Russian spy probe on some sort of secret mission.
Jay Brown: I think you watch too much TV.
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Followed by Critters 3 (1991) See more »

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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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Amusing Sci-Fi Horror Thriller with an Sense of Humor.
3 August 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

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 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/*****).


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