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Critters (1986)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Horror | 11 April 1986 (USA)
A group of small, furry aliens makes lunch out of the locals in a farming town.

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Helen Brown (as Dee Wallace Stone)
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Jay Brown
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April Brown (as Nadine Van Der Velde)
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Charlie McFadden (as Don Opper)
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Jeff Barnes
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Johnny Steele / Ug
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Reverend Miller
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Michael Lee Gogin ...
Warden Zanti
Art Frankel ...
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Douglas Koth ...
Bowler #1
Montrose Hagins ...
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A massive ball of furry creatures from another world eat their way through a small mid-western town followed by intergalactic bounty hunters opposed only by militant townspeople. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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11 April 1986 (USA)  »

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A Hora das Criaturas  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,618,800 (USA) (13 April 1986)

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$13,167,232 (USA)
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Terrence Mann performs the song "Power of the Night" as Johnny Steele especially for this movie. See more »

Goofs

(at around 49 mins) When the rest of the family drags the father in through the front door of the house after he is attacked the second time, a crew member is very clearly visible through a window at the back of the shot. See more »

Quotes

[Charlie lifts up Harv off of the floor with one hand]
Charlie McFadden: I hope you're not take over our operation.
Harv: Help... put me down...
[Harv flies through the window and hits the ground]
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After the very end of the credits, once the theme has ended followed by the title, you can hear the sounds of alien critters laughing. See more »

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Power of the Night
Written by Terrence Mann, Richie Vetter and Dodie Pettit
Performed by Mann
Produced by Richie Vetter for East Coast Productions, Inc.
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Cheesy eighties garbage - but good fun!
17 September 2007 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

I saw this film for the first time as a kid on a coach on the way home from a holiday in France. I guess whoever was in charge figured all the kids would be asleep by the time they put this on, but I managed to stay awake and watch the lot, and Critters became a firm favourite of mine for the next few years. Despite seeing this film and the first two sequels several times as a kid, I could pretty much remember nothing about it when it came to watching it this time; and despite the fact that Critters is not quite the film I remember it being, this is still a fun little eighties crapfest with plenty to recommend it for! The plot focuses on a war in outer space that spills over onto a farm in a small mid-western town. The town unwittingly greet a meteorite, that later gives way to a host of nasty, furry little creatures with big teeth! Hot on their tails are a pair of intergalactic bounty hunters sent to track down the furballs - but the 'critters' get their first, and manage to cause quite a lot of damage before the bounty hunters eventually arrive...

Critters is clearly reminiscent of the 1984 hit Gremlins, as evidenced by the basics of the plot as well as the focus on humour. The critters themselves are hilarious little creations - thick black hair and a mouth full of teeth, but in their own way they're also fairly frightening! Gremlins isn't the only influence on this film - the whole idea of something bad coming from space being followed by something to stop it obviously came from The Terminator, and there are a number of other ideas taken from elsewhere - but the film doesn't feel like a bunch of stolen ideas, and that is to it's credit. The secluded farmyard setting is also to its credit, and again, while it's not the most original location for a film like this to take place, it works well so that isn't a problem. The cast, which includes the likes of M. Emmet Walsh, Dee Wallace and Billy Zane, all do their jobs well, and the action is always exciting enough to ensure that the film remains interesting. I won't say that this is a classic of the genre - but its good fun and I certainly recommend it.


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