The Critters in question, aliens escaping from a space prison, are rolling amok in the small town of Grovers Bend, Kansas, where they've penned up Farmer Brown's family. They've cut the phone lines, killed the electricity, and eaten his goldfish. Now they want him. Judging from the title, Spielberg's Gremlins would be the immediate target, and indeed Critters does share a sardonic similarity. In fact, Critters looks like several dozen films without looking like any one of them, the action and characters lifted whole from a dissimilar plethora of cinematic sources and underscored with a sizzling sarcasm which elevates it from its source material. As a local puts it when he encounters the outer-space bounty hunters who've come to save humanity dressed in what look like worn-out Flash Gordon pyjamas (the locals wear bowling shirts with a Ghostbusters logo), 'They must be from Los Angeles.' No they don't make 'em like they used to, they make 'em exactly like they used to, only with a bit more bite.
Cast and crew
Stephen Herek, Dominic Muir, Don Opper
Dee Wallace Stone M Emmet Walsh Billy Green Bush Scott Grimes Nadine Van Der Velde Don Opper
Ugly furry space creatures wreak havoc in a middle America farming town. At a time when movies containing creepy and sometimes cute space monsters were at the height of fashion critters popped out. It is not as good as gremlins and not as scary as many other films of the same ilk. It lurks comfortably in the lower levels of 80s movies.