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Critters (1986)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Horror | 11 April 1986 (USA)
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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Johnny Steele / Ug
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Reverend Miller
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Art Frankel ...
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Douglas Koth ...
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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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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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11 April 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Hora das Criaturas  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,618,800 (USA) (13 April 1986)

Gross:

$13,167,232 (USA)
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Trivia

Although promoted as New Line's answer to Gremlins (1984), the screenplay had been written and bought before Gremlins was announced. Herek had based the screenplay on a nightmare he experienced as a child long before Gremlins was even conceived. See more »

Goofs

(at around 49 mins) When the rest of the family drags the father in through the front door of the house after he is attacked the second time, a crew member is very clearly visible through a window at the back of the shot. See more »

Quotes

[April and Steve are going out from the dinner]
Jay Brown: Helen, have you... you know, talk to her, about the way things are?
Helen Brown: Years ago.
Jay Brown: Years?
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Troll (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Still You Turn Me On
Written by Brian Drucks and Lee Howard
Performed by The Mix
Produced by Richie Vetter and Joe Arlotta
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Lunchtime!
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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