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Critters (2003)

Dee Wallace Stone , M. Emmet Walsh , Stephen Herek  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Dee Wallace Stone, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy Green Bush, Scott Grimes, Nadine Van Der Velde
  • Directors: Stephen Herek
  • Writers: Stephen Herek
  • Producers: Robert Shaye
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 5, 2003
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000099T3P
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,523 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Critters" on IMDb

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird, imaginative nonsense. February 12, 2005
The Krites are the critters. They are nasty little hedgehog-type creatures and while they may look cute you wouldn't dare pet one as they'd rip your hand of and share the rest of you with their pals.

The Krites are prisoners on an asteroid jailhouse floating through the far side of the galaxy. Chaos inevitably breaks out and the Krites escape in a stolen ship, heading for the nearest solar system and it's only inhabitable! Not to worry though, a couple of intergalactic bounty hunters are soon on their tail and track them all the way to the quiet farming town of Grover's Bend, Kansas. The worst thing ever to happen in Grover's Bend is the local drunk (the ever lovable Charlie) getting chucked out of a bar. But now the Krites are here and they lay siege to the Brown farm, eating their cows, Billy Zane, chickens etc. Anyone or anything getting in their way is promptly poisoned by their anaesthetic spikes and feasted on.

Once the bounty hunters arrive the almost do more harm than good. The bulk of the laughs come from this, including a running joke on how one of them has shape-shifted into the form of an '80s heavy metal rocker. The other can't make up his mind and constantly changes into various townsfolk.

The Critters (8 small ones and a big shaggy one) may be Gremlins clones but there's no denying their cuteness. Though while I would love a pet Mogwai, I think I'll pass on a pet Krite.

Critters is a mad comedy-horror with loads of imagination and the nerve to tell a truly offbeat story. Much like Stephen Herek's next movie (Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure) Critters succeeds on pure energy alone.

The DVD has a murky-looking 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer (which is quite problematic considering how dark much of the film is) with remastered Dolby 5.1 sound. Extras are limited to 4 trailers and a (hidden) alternate ending, which I've yet to find. But for the price, you can't argue, and you gotta buy.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and entertaining April 9, 2006
By Brian
I cannot help but laugh every time I see people bashing each other over a movie. Disliking a certain film is one thing. But for somebody to go out of their way and flagrantly insult a total stranger over their enjoyment of a particular film they happened to hate is unnecessary and immature. Amazon should police these reviews a bit more seriously.

"Critters" is a fond and harmless throwback to the sort of monster movie so prevalent in the mid-1950s sci-fi boom. I cannot so easily classify the plot as straight-up horror, because it really isn't. This is more of a hodgepodge. You get a smattering of horror, comedy, and science fiction all rolled up within a singular and satisfying package. I caught this in a theater with my father twenty years ago, and it has always remained a guilty pleasure of mine. None of the special effects are overdone, the writing is suitable, and I found most of the cast agreeable and entertaining.

I have found over the years that many of us tend to take our movies way too seriously. In the end, I could really care less that "Critters" doesn't follow the rules of reality. Because, when I pay to see movies like this, reality is something I want to escape from.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inventive and sprightly horror /sci fi hybrid January 14, 2005
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Critters -or "crites" -are intergalactic criminals who escape from their gaolers and land in Kansas.They are pursued by the forces of the law , leather clad bounty hunters with shape shifting abilities .The crites are not notably pleasant creatures -while they resemble tumbleweeds(albeit omnivotous tumblweeds ) they have the nasty habit of discharging poison darts from their skin and have murderous dispositions .They lay siege to a farm house in Grover's Bend ,Kansas and are intent on the destruction of any humans with whom they come into contact

The movie has a nice line in wry ,acerbic humour and the performance from a capable cast ,which includes Dee Wallace Stone , M Emmett Walsh and Scott Grimes are excellent .

Add some good production values and the result is a sharp little movie that is funny without deetracting from its merits as a neat little monster movie

Entertaining and witty
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Power Of The Night........Streets Are Calling! August 11, 2004
Critters is probably the best post-Gremlins movie about little monsters on the rampage. In fact, the movie is actually very good. It's a B-movie and never meant to be taken seriously, but that's pretty obvious just by looking at the cover(and title) of the film. This is another one you couldn't escape if you had HBO in the late eighties. What we got is some pretty vicious hedgehog-like creatures(they're escaped convicts) that make it to Earth to basically just eat everybody. The film focuses mainly on the family of Kansas farmers who get locked in a deadly game of survival with the Critters. One of them is the always reliable Dee Wallace Stone, who I've always though was as cute as a button. In the words of Bozo The Clown-Wait! There's more! The warden from the prison the Criiters escaped from has hired two bounty hunters to hunt the Critters down and blast them to kingdom come(they will be paid in full as usual). The bounty hunters can change their identity at will, and one of them chooses to be a popular 80s hair rock singer called Johnny Steel. I don't know why I find that so amusing, but I do. Does anyone know where I can can that "Power Of The Night" song he sings in the film? The movie must have been trying to promote this guy's singing career or something coz that song seems to be the only one any of the characters listen to. The other bounty hunter can't make up his mind who he wants to be, so he keeps changing. He spends most of his time looking like the hero's dimwitted friend, Charlie(who would become the only character to appear in all 4 Criiters films). This movie was made in the days when the PG-13 rating was still fairly new and was alot less wimpy than it is today. The violence just about pushes the PG-13 rating about as far as it can. Basically, I would wholeheartedly suggest to you all to relive some fond(or bad) childhood memories by experiencing Critters again now that it's on DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Critters is awesome scfi horror spoof that is throwback to the 50s ...
Critters is awesome scfi horror spoof that is throwback to the 50s scfi. It entertaining, suspensful, and has spaceship full humor. A rare gem in scfi genre that is must see!
Published 1 month ago by Cody Reeves
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good movie
Published 2 months ago by David Haas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Matthew Zurosky
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a classic
Published 3 months ago by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars CRITTERS - They Bite!
This classic 80s sci-fi masterpiece is just good fun! It was a steal finding this Brand-New on VHS for Under $5.00! :)
Published 4 months ago by ANDREW J MINK
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Times
Fun movie to watch with the family, or a group of friends. This movie is truely a silly cult classic.
Published 6 months ago by Adam Laws
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS MOVIE
This movie is a cult classic. If you were born in the 70s-80s you will have some major childhood flashbacks. So glad it was available at such a great price!
Published 6 months ago by CB2011
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatovie!
Great movie! Absolute must see for anyone! I have loved this movie since I was a child, and always find it interesting.
Published 8 months ago by Greg
3.0 out of 5 stars Kinda Cute I guess
Seen it a very long time ago and I suppose it wasn't quite what I thought it was now from back then. lol
Published 8 months ago by Penelope
5.0 out of 5 stars Little balls of death
Loved this ever since it came out. Guilty pleasure films never get old, they just get better with time! Watch it!
Published 9 months ago by Travis
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