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Critters -- When a band of hardened extraterrestrial criminals escapes from a maximum-security prison asteroid an escape craft, the flesh-eating ETs unwittingly head to small, unsuspecting planet Earth.
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Release Date:
11 April 1986 (USA) See more »
The original tasty entree! See more »
A race of small, furry aliens make lunch out of the locals in a farming town. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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3 nominations See more »
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Good 80's Sci-fi horror comedy. See more (109 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dee Wallace ... Helen Brown (as Dee Wallace Stone)

M. Emmet Walsh ... Harv

Billy Green Bush ... Jay Brown

Scott Grimes ... Brad Brown
Nadine Van der Velde ... April Brown (as Nadine Van Der Velde)

Don Keith Opper ... Charlie McFadden (as Don Opper)

Billy Zane ... Steve Elliot

Ethan Phillips ... Jeff Barnes

Terrence Mann ... Johnny Steele / Ug

Jeremy Lawrence ... Reverend Miller

Lin Shaye ... Sally
Michael Lee Gogin ... Warden Zanti
Art Frankel ... Ed
Douglas Koth ... Bowler #1
Montrose Hagins ... Organist
Roger Hampton ... Jake
Chuck Lindsley ... Pool Player #1

David Stenstrom ... Pool Player #2
Adele Malis-Morey ... Woman #1
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Corey Burton ... Critters (voice)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Stephen Herek 
Writing credits
Domonic Muir (story)

Domonic Muir (screenplay) and
Stephen Herek (screenplay)

Don Keith Opper (additional scenes) (as Don Opper)

Produced by
Rupert Harvey .... producer
Sara Risher .... associate producer
Robert Shaye .... executive producer
Barry Opper .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
David Newman 
Cinematography by
Tim Suhrstedt (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Larry Bock 
Casting by
Elisabeth Leustig 
Production Design by
Gregg Fonseca 
Art Direction by
Philip Dean Foreman  (as Philip Foreman)
Set Decoration by
Anne H. Ahrens  (as Anne Huntley)
Makeup Department
Teresa M. Austin .... hair stylist
Teresa M. Austin .... makeup artist
R. Christopher Biggs .... makeup artist: "Zanti"
John Criswell .... special makeup effects artist
Kathy W. Estocin .... key hair stylist
Kathy W. Estocin .... key makeup artist
Thomas Floutz .... special makeup effects artist
Bill Forsche .... makeup artist: "Zanti"
John Goodwin .... special makeup effects artist
Nedra Hainey .... hair stylist
Nedra Hainey .... makeup artist
Cary Howe .... special makeup effects artist
Greg Johnson .... special makeup effects artist
Julie Mauger .... special makeup effects artist
Richard N. McGuire .... special makeup effects artist
John Naulin .... special makeup effects artist
Scott Noblitt .... special makeup effects artist
Steve Patino .... special makeup effects artist
Gerald Quist .... special makeup effects artist
Frederique Schafer .... special makeup effects artist
Robert Zoller .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Daryl Kass .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leon Dudevoir .... first assistant director
Bob Esposito .... third assistant director
Linda Graeme .... additional assistant director
Mark Helfrich .... second unit director
Whitney R. Hunter .... second assistant director (as Whitney Hunter)
Perry Husman .... second assistant director
Matia Karrell .... additional assistant director
George Parra .... third assistant director
Art Department
Paul Byers .... assistant property master
Carol Lee Davis .... scenic painter (as Carole Davis)
Anthony Doublin .... special props supervisor (as Anthony Dublin)
Richard Bryan Douglas .... construction foreman
Elizabeth Flaherty .... art department coordinator
Jonathan R. Hodges .... set dresser
Isabel Bau Madden .... art director: second unit
Timaree McCormick .... property master
Len Morganti .... storyboard artist
Drex Reed .... special props
John Krenz Reinhart Jr. .... construction coordinator (as John Reinhart)
Sound Department
Richard Beggs .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert W. Glass Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer (as Robert W. Glass)
Dan Harville .... post-production sound designer
Matthew Iadarola .... sound effects
Matthew Iadarola .... sound re-recording mixer
Dale Johnston .... supervising sound editor
Tom Ruff .... post-production sound mixer
Steve Sollars .... boom operator
Don Summer .... production sound mixer (as Donald Summer)
Special Effects by
C. Mitchell Bryan .... critters crew: Chiodo Brothers Productions, Inc.
Jason Cardwell .... critters crew: Chiodo Brothers Productions, Inc.
Casey Cavanaugh .... special effects
Frank Ceglia .... special effects
Charles Chiodo .... critter designer and supervisor
Edward Chiodo .... critters crew: Chiodo Brothers Productions, Inc.
Linda Chiodo .... critters crew: Chiodo Brothers Productions, Inc.
Stephen Chiodo .... critter designer and supervisor
Rene Dorian .... critters crew: Chiodo Brothers Productions, Inc.
Ans Ellis .... critters crew: Chiodo Brothers Productions, Inc.
Deborah Galvez .... critters crew: Chiodo Brothers Productions, Inc.
Kenneth J. Hall .... critters crew: Chiodo Brothers Productions, Inc.
Clark Hunter .... puppeteer
Mike Jones .... critters crew: Chiodo Brothers Productions, Inc.
Michael Joyce .... critters crew: Chiodo Brothers Productions, Inc.
Justin Kohn .... critters crew: Chiodo Brothers Productions, Inc.
Ray Massara .... special effects
Jene Omens .... critters crew: Chiodo Brothers Productions, Inc.
Bradford Plows .... critters crew: Chiodo Brothers Productions, Inc.
Eugene P. Rizzardi .... critters crew: Chiodo Brothers Productions, Inc.
Dwight Roberts .... critters crew: Chiodo Brothers Productions, Inc.
R. Bruce Steinheimer .... special effects (as Bruce Steinheimer)
Chuck E. Stewart .... special effects supervisor
Ken Tarallo .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Chris Beckman .... visual effects: Quick Silver FX Studio
Gary Campsie .... visual effects production assistant: Fantasy II Film Effects, Inc.
Ivan A. Craig .... camera operator: Fantasy II Film Effects, Inc.
Joshua Cushner .... visual effects: Quick Silver FX Studio
Steven Elliott .... visual effects: Quick Silver FX Studio
Julia Gibson .... visual effects: Quick Silver FX Studio
Tom Gleason .... visual effects: Quick Silver FX Studio
Kurt Hanson .... visual effects production assistant: Fantasy II Film Effects, Inc.
Holly Hudson .... visual effects: Quick Silver FX Studio
John Huneck .... camera operator: Fantasy II Film Effects, Inc.
Leslie Huntley .... production supervisor: Fantasy II Film Effects, Inc.
Judith Larsen .... visual effects: Quick Silver FX Studio
Paula A. Lumbard .... visual effects: Quick Silver FX Studio
Roxanne Mayweather .... visual effects: Quick Silver FX Studio
Jane A. Pahlman .... visual effects production assistant: Fantasy II Film Effects, Inc.
Gary Rhodaback .... modelmakers & crew: Fantasy II Film Effects, Inc.
Richard Smiley .... modelmakers & crew: Fantasy II Film Effects, Inc.
Ron Thornton .... visual effects: Quick Silver FX Studio
Donna Tracy .... visual effects: Quick Silver FX Studio
Joe Viskocil .... modelmakers & crew: Fantasy II Film Effects, Inc.
Gene Warren Jr. .... miniature effects supervisor
Michael Cassidy .... stunt coordinator (as Mike Cassidy)
Vince Deadrick Jr. .... stunts
Steven Lambert .... stunts (as Steve Lambert)
Denver Mattson .... stunts
Bill McIntosh .... stunts
John Nowak .... stunts
Bobby Porter .... stunts
Debby Lynn Ross .... stunts (as Debbie Lynn Ross)
Packy Smith .... stunts (as Marv 'Packy' Smith)
John Escobar .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Becker .... still photographer
Shunil Borpujari .... best boy grip
Shunil Borpujari .... dolly grip
Kevin Brennan .... gaffer
Donald Burghardt .... assistant camera
Russell Carpenter .... director of photography: additional photography
Dave Footman .... grip
Michael Haney .... grip
Kenneth J. Jones .... key grip
Mark Karen .... first assistant camera
Richard Kuhn .... grip
Adrian Licciardi .... second assistant camera
Tim McGinnis .... best boy electric (as Tim McGinns)
Christopher Tufty .... director of photography: second unit
Casting Department
Elisabeth Leustig .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nina Padovano .... key costumer
Hilary Wright .... costume design supervisor
Che Zuro .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Hilarie Roope .... assistant editor
Rebekah Rudd .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Tim Boyle .... score mixer
Other crew
Diana Bear .... stand-in
Ernest D. Farino .... title designer: main titles
Lisa S. Girolami .... production coordinator
Tom Gleason .... production assistant
Adrienne Hamalian-Mangine .... script supervisor
H. Arman Hargett .... stand-in (as Arman Hargett)
Melissa Hubbert .... craft service
Tom Richer .... location manager
Tom Richer .... location scout
Cristen Carr Strubbe .... production secretary
Shi Sun .... production accountant
Jeff Wells .... unit publicist

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Additional Details

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82 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Canada:PG | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Iceland:14 (theatrical rating) | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Norway:16 (original rating) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (original rating) | UK:12 (video re-rating) (2005) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) | USA:PG-13 | West Germany:16
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Body count: a cow, 2 humans and several chickens.See more »
Continuity: (at around 1h 19 mins) 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 »
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Lilo & Stitch (2002)See more »
No Turning BackSee more »


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14 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Good 80's Sci-fi horror comedy., 12 May 2006
Author: John Lindsey from Albuquerque New Mexico

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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