Director: Stephen Herek
M. Emmet Walsh/Harv
Billy Green Bush/Jay
Nadine Van der Velde/April
Ma, Pa, Sis and little bro live on a farm. They are the typical weed whacking familyâ€¦living in a typical weed whacking town. The town is populated with the fat sheriff (Walsh), the town drunk (Hopper) and lots of cows. But something is going to disrupt their cozy lives. That something is a spaceship full of Critters ( kind of like porcupines on steroids) who just escaped a space prison and come to earth for only one thingâ€¦FOOD Lucky for us mortalsâ€¦two bounty hunters are hot on their trailâ€¦
This movie is fun. For a low budget horror flick weâ€™ve got an impressive cast on our handsâ€¦Wallace, Walsh, Zaneâ€¦and since the actorâ€™s are so good, it makes the silly things that happen around them believable. Thereâ€™s is genuine suspense in this movie, intentional laughs and fun action. The Bounty Hunters bring gratuitous fight scenes to the movie (always good to have them) and lots of humor. The Critters effects (created by The Chiodo Brothers) are good and even when they look bad theyâ€™re good.
This is Sc-Fi, horror, comedy at itâ€™s best. Now lets get some dessertâ€¦
Not much of itâ€¦few bite marks here and there but itâ€™s okâ€¦this movie has everything else.
Very solid. Eat your heart out DeNiro. Wallace is very good in this filmâ€¦by now she has the "mom" part nailed down. (she played a mom in E.T. and Cujo) All of the actors are very good, but I have a fondness for the family unitâ€¦they feel like a real family. And yes Zaneâ€™s hair gives a great performance. Give his hair an Oscar already!!! (his bald head now)
T & A
Jack all! I never thought Iâ€™d say this but Iâ€™m happy nobody showed their goodiesâ€¦it would have been distractingâ€¦
Tight. The pace is fast so the directing has to be too. Lets also not forget that Herek is no bumâ€¦Bill N Ted wuz an excellent movie.
The soundtrack is kool. Fun 80â€™s rock/pop songs. I loved the 80â€™s tune "Power Of The Night". The score fits the film like a glove. (witness the montage of the Critters fooling around and listen to the score that they play duringâ€¦its great).
Itâ€™s harmless pop corn fun. And itâ€™s well done. You feel that the people behind this film ( actors and crew) had a great time making itâ€¦and as an audience we feel that come through the screen. A definite keeper. BTW Look for the E.T. reference (other than Wallaceâ€™s presence of course).
Critters wuz followed by three sequels. Part 2 was ok (directed by Mick Garris who directed The Stand and SleepWalkers) Part 3 has Leonardo DiCaprio in it and part 4 takes place in space.
Iâ€™ve noticed that a lot of horror movie "heroes" sooner or later wind up in space. Critters checked it out, so did Pin Head (Hellraiser), that lousy Leprechaun (he also checked out Vegas) and soon the man with the plan Jason Voorhees in JASON X Jason In Space. Whoâ€™s next? Freddy???