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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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Storyline

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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When you've got Critters... you need all the help you can get. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Critters See more »

Filming Locations:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

When Ug transforms into Johnny Steele, you can see that when Ug reaches over to insert the "Earth Disc" prior to the transformation sequence that he is in human form already. See more »

Quotes

Critter 1: They have weapons
Critter 2: So what
[Critter 2 is shot off the porch]
Critter 1: Fuck!
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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 »

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Two Words--> Critters rock
8 May 2000 | by ryangilmer007See all my reviews

and they roll and they chew and they eat and eat and eat. Darn those space people for solving the critter problem.

This was one of those TV late night movies that is totally awesome because of its creativity. Oh course while I watched it, I had no dreams of Gremlins and never connected the two.

In reality, I guess Critters are Gremlins without the Gizmos, but then again Gremlins without Gizmos are just plain mean.

and Critters are just mean....

They kill with no reason, they eat like there is no tomorrow, and even the Church cannot save the poor town's cattle.

As far as a classic, this is not, but it and Tremors are up there with the most immaginative and creative horror movies of the past few decades.


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