As I watched 1986's "Critters" for the first time, my thoughts kept returning to Don Coscarelli's "Phantasm." While "Critters" doesn't aim for that film's dream-like atmosphere, it does share "Phantasm's" free-spirited willingness to blend elements of sci-fi, horror, and comedy, as well as the gumption to make such a high-concept plot work on a shoestring budget. The result is a bloody fun creature feature.
A rural cousin to Gremlins (I refuse to call it a ripoff as it was written before “small creatures” were all the rage) with a bit of a nasty streak. Can’t quite muster the heart of that film, but the cast is great, the blood is plentiful and the effects are a delight.
Even without nostalgia factor - glam metal, cat named Chewie, E.T. action-figure, Ghostbusters, BMX - this one holds pretty good after all these years. Nowadays it's less scary and more comic, but at its core, it's a warm horror-comedy for both the little ones and the grownups. And it's a nice start for a franchise that managed to set itself above the influences that conceived it.
"Critters" is a fun, irreverent horror film that fully embraces it's campy B-movie roots! This is film is an utter blast and it boasts some rather impressive visuals and practical effects for such a low budget film. "Critters" is the violent, cocaine infused Gremlins knock off that I didn't know how badly I needed in my life!
A young Billy Zane with an awful mop of hair, the cursing creatures, the small town mindset reminiscent of older B-movies, the 80s madness etc. A lot better than what I thought this would be. Perhaps a more "adult" and violent version of Gremlins (which I love), but a little less funnier and self-aware?
I didn't know you could get more B-movie than Gremlins, but this movie takes a little more from Alien. It's a lot darker and malicious than I thought it was going to be. The humor isn't there, but that's not a criticism. It's pretty damn cheesy in a B-movie way and I thought the ending was anti-climactic. That building of the house at the end was just stupidly absurd. Overall, not bad though!