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Critters (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi | 11 April 1986 (USA)
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A group of small, furry aliens makes lunch out of the locals in a farming town.

Director:

Stephen Herek

Writers:

Domonic Muir (story), Domonic Muir (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Michael Lee Gogin ... Warden Zanti
Art Frankel Art Frankel ... Ed
Douglas Koth Douglas Koth ... Bowler #1
Montrose Hagins ... Organist
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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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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

6 of the actors that starred in Critters, also starred in the same T.V. show, although it was in different episodes. Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh, Scott Grimes, Ethan Phillips, Lin Shaye & Roger Hampton all had starring roles on the revival of The Twilight Zone T.V. show that ran from 1985-1989. See more »

Goofs

(at around 44 mins) When Lee transforms into Reverend Miller, Jeremy Lawrence is obviously replaced by another actor at the podium. 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 »

Alternate Versions

The DVD includes an alternative ending (hidden as an Easter Egg). See more »

Connections

References Forbidden World (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Leather
Written by Richie Vetter and Dodie Pettit
Performed by White Chicks
Produced by Richie Vetter
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Creative and Fun
3 March 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Critters (1986)

*** (out of 4)

Fun sci-fi spoof about a Kansas family who finds themselves under attack from small fur balls that can shoot out poisonous darts and have an appetite for flesh. CRITTERS was New Line's reply to GREMLINS and for my money it's the better movie. There's no question that this film was made for a rather small budget but I think it's a perfect example of how the genre can be done right without having to spend a lot of cash on special effects. The film offers up some fun homages to other films, some great characters to root for and we're also given some terrific villains who you just love to hate. I think the creatures themselves are certainly the highlight of the picture. Their design really was a work of genius in the way that they can roll to wherever they're going and the darts are just an added goodie. I really loved the way that they looked and there's no question that those teeth are priceless. While the things aren't ever scary I really don't think they need to be because this picture really isn't about being scared but it's about just having fun. It also doesn't hurt that we're given a great family to cheer for along the way. Dee Wallace Stone play the mom, Billy Green Bush the dad, Scott Grimes the son, Nadine Van Der Velde the daughter and M. Emmet Walsh plays the local Sheriff. We also have Billy Zane in a small role as a boyfriend. The performances are also extremely good here including the always reliable Dee Wallace Stone. Grimes makes for a good guy to cheer for as well. The film really doesn't contain any major violence, which wasn't the norm for the horror and sci-fi genre from this period but the creativity here really makes up for that. Director Stephen Herek really does a nice job mixing everything up and he keeps the film moving at a terrific pace. The film has plenty of laughs but best of all is that you can just sit back and have a good time with it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1986 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,618,800, 13 April 1986

Gross USA:

$13,167,232

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,167,232
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Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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