The battle began in a galaxy far away . . . but it's about to end in the Brown's backyard. It's man against a hoard of small, furry, voracious aliens--the Critters! When a band of hardened extraterrestrial criminals escapes from a maximum-security prison asteroid and commanders an escape craft, the flesh-eating ETs unwittingly head to a small, unsuspecting planet--Earth--pursued by a pair of awesomely powerful, if unbelievably inept, bounty hunters. Now, it's the humans against the very hungry, man-eating aliens in a battle for the future of mankind!]]>
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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 planet...earth! 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.
"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.
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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How can one hate this movie ?! Brings back so many memories of my childhood. Cheesy and fun!Published 3 days ago by Miranda P.
I don't even have words for how much I love this movie. Actually - I love most of the mid-eighties genre movies, but I have a particular love for the creature features. Read morePublished 4 months ago by OneMoreThing
A total 80's classic! Love the bounty hunter concept and the low grade special effects. The ending seems a bit accelerated and is slightly disappointing, but the soundtrack... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Enigma Jumper
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