We're excited for the Theaters of MOA's screening of Critters 2, so we re-watched the original in preparation! This movie is good fun from start to finish and it contains one of our all-time-favorite insult slinging dads. Seriously, his casual threat to do to his kid has inspired us to hurl some impressive insults around our circle of friends.
The plot unfolds something like this: The Brown family, your average all-American farmers, see a light in the sky fall into their back yard. Unfortunately for them, it's the Krites, a pack of furry aliens hell bent on eating everything in their path. Luckily, shapeshifting intergalactic bounty hunters are on the case, though they seem to be better at smashing up the town than actually hunting Krites. No matter, with the Browns taking out more Krites than our bounty hunters can shake a stick at, someone is likely to save the day!
Things to watch for: The biggest overreaction to the possibility of missing a bus ever uttered by a father to his son. Special effects by the Chiodo Brothers. The same house and yard as in Invaders From Mars. Zoolander's good friend Billy Zane! The flimsiest excuse to have a song written for, and several times preformed in, a movie.
What we learned: When in doubt, throw modified firecrackers at it.
What the filmmakers might have been thinking: I've never seen a horror movie where the heroes swoop in and destroy as much as the bad guys...
“Hey that's” moments with: Dee Wallace (The Howling, ET), Scott Grimes (ER, Party of Five) and M. Emmet Walsh (Blade Runner, Fletch, The Jerk and 206 other things).
Yep, that's: Billy Zane.
Specs (our copy):
Tag line: none
Choice line from the synopsis: “It's an alien adventure, full of action and just crawling with CRITTERS!”
VHS release company: RCA
Running time: 86min
VHS release: 1986
Original release: 1986
Our rating: Better with a group.