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Critters (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi | 11 April 1986 (USA)
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A group of small but vicious alien creatures called Crites escape from an alien prison transport vessel and land near a small farm town on earth, pursued by two shape-shifting bounty hunters.

Director:

Stephen Herek

Writers:

Domonic Muir (story by), Domonic Muir (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
3 nominations. See more awards »

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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
Don Keith Opper ... Charlie McFadden (as Don Opper)
Billy Zane ... Steve Elliot
Ethan Phillips ... Jeff Barnes
Terrence Mann ... Johnny Steele / Ug
Jeremy Lawrence ... Preacher
Lin Shaye ... Sally
Michael Lee Gogin Michael Lee Gogin ... 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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Taglines:

The battle began in another galaxy. It's about to end in the Brown's backyard. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Corey Burton, who voices the Critters, also came up with their language, which he described in interviews as combining elements of French and Japanese. 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

Helen Brown: What's down there?
Jay Brown: I don't know. Something meaner than hell.
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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

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Black River Monster (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Leather
Written by Richie Vetter and Dodie Pettit
Performed by White Chicks
Produced by Richie Vetter
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Quite fun actually
27 February 2004 | by TheOtherFoolSee all my reviews

At the start of 'Critters', somewhere in space, 10 'Crites' are being brought to custody, but 8 of them escape, so that 2 hunters have to get them back. Now, this sequence could have easily lasted 10 minutes in any other movie, but 'Critters' doesn't waste time: it takes about one minute. There is no explanation what these Crites are exactly, who the hunters are, or why the're all going to earth. They just do. That way, all the fun happens on the earth. The Crites come to earth nearby a farm in the middle of nowhere (where else really), where they attack the family living there. The usual scenes of the kettle eaten, the silly police chief and the village idiot/drunk who warned everybody this was going to happen are all thrown in, but the movie never loses pace and is pretty funny all around, and not that gruesome either. A nice 80's horror flick, worth watching. 6/10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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