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Actors: Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy Green Bush, Scott Grimes, Nadine Van der Velde
Director: Stephen Herek
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
PG-13     2003     1hr 22min

Carnivorous aliens who feed on human flesh invade Earth. Starring Dee Wallace-Stone and M. Emmet Walsh. Year: 1986 Director: Stephen Herek Starring: Dee Wallace-Stone, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy Green Bush


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Actors: Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy Green Bush, Scott Grimes, Nadine Van der Velde
Director: Stephen Herek
Creators: Don Keith Opper, Stephen Herek, Barry Opper, Robert Shaye, Rupert Harvey, Sara Risher, Domonic Muir
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Horror, Alien Invasion, Aliens
Studio: New Line Home Video
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/05/2003
Original Release Date: 04/11/1986
Theatrical Release Date: 04/11/1986
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 22min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

James B. (wandersoul73) from LINDALE, TX
Reviewed on 6/22/2009...
Man, these angry balls are super hungry!
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Weird, imaginative nonsense.
Inspector Gadget | On the trail of Doctor Claw | 02/12/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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 is in great-looking 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen 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."
Fun and entertaining
Brian | Chicago, Illinois | 04/09/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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."
Jackie Coupe | UK, Blackburn | 03/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The film is based in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere.
Nothing ever much happens and you could just drop dead of boredom.
Then the 'Crites' land and start to eat everything that's not nailed down.
Low to the ground, built for speed, darts that immobilise their prey laced over their heads, the tiny predators feast and get BIG.
Someones on their tail, a couple of face changing bounty hunter aliens who are sent to kill them off, worlds have been consumed when they have go out of hand before.
It comes down to a young boy who enlists their help and leads them to the critters - no one wants to believe him - silly them.
This is the film Gremlins would have been if they hadn't made Gizmo look so cute - they bite!
Classy film with snazzy monsters."