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Critters (1986)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Stephen Herek

Starring:
Dee Wallace/Helen
M. Emmet Walsh/Harv
Billy Green Bush/Jay
Nadine Van der Velde/April
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PLOT-CRUNCH
Ma, Pa, Sis and little bro live on a farm. They are the typical weed whacking family…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 thing…FOOD Lucky for us mortals…two bounty hunters are hot on their trail…
THE LOWDOWN
This movie is fun. For a low budget horror flick we’ve got an impressive cast on our hands…Wallace, Walsh, Zane…and since the actor’s are so good, it makes the silly things that happen around them believable. There’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 they’re good.

This is Sc-Fi, horror, comedy at it’s best. Now lets get some dessert…
GORE
Not much of it…few bite marks here and there but it’s ok…this movie has everything else.
ACTING
Very solid. Eat your heart out DeNiro. Wallace is very good in this film…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 unit…they feel like a real family. And yes Zane’s hair gives a great performance. Give his hair an Oscar already!!! (his bald head now)
T & A
Jack all! I never thought I’d say this but I’m happy nobody showed their goodies…it would have been distracting…
DIRECTING
Tight. The pace is fast so the directing has to be too. Lets also not forget that Herek is no bum…Bill N Ted wuz an excellent movie.
SOUNDTRACK
The soundtrack is kool. Fun 80’s rock/pop songs. I loved the 80’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 during…its great).
BOTTOM LINE
It’s harmless pop corn fun. And it’s well done. You feel that the people behind this film ( actors and crew) had a great time making it…and as an audience we feel that come through the screen. A definite keeper. BTW Look for the E.T. reference (other than Wallace’s presence of course).
BULL'S EYE
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.

I’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. Who’s next? Freddy???
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5:59PM on 03/30/2010

Great fun for a Gremlins-inspired knock-off.

Along with Joe Dante's Gremlins. This movie was a lot of fun as well. Thanks to Stephen Herek's (Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Mr. Holland's Opus, Rock Star) stylish direction.

But it is also the surprisingly good cast made this movie enjoyable. Pretty impressive for a movie that cost only 2 Million Bucks to make!

I wonder, when this movie will be release on Blu-ray! along with Critters 2.
Along with Joe Dante's Gremlins. This movie was a lot of fun as well. Thanks to Stephen Herek's (Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Mr. Holland's Opus, Rock Star) stylish direction.

But it is also the surprisingly good cast made this movie enjoyable. Pretty impressive for a movie that cost only 2 Million Bucks to make!

I wonder, when this movie will be release on Blu-ray! along with Critters 2.
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8:30PM on 09/02/2005

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This is one of those childhood flicks that you cant help but love. This is one of the first movie i remember watching along with Gremilns, Goonies,
and Lion King. A childhood favorite I cant help but love.
This is one of those childhood flicks that you cant help but love. This is one of the first movie i remember watching along with Gremilns, Goonies,
and Lion King. A childhood favorite I cant help but love.
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