Review Critters (1986)

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    I am watching it right now and so far it seems pretty fun.

    Has anyone else seen it?

    Thanks in advance for any comments or opinions!!!!:emoji_man_dancing:
     
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    Critters is a 1986 American science fiction comedy horror film starring Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy "Green" Bush and Scott Grimes. It was the directorial debut of Stephen Herek who co-wrote it alongside Domonic Muir (story) and Don Keith Opper (additional scenes), with creature effects by The Chiodo Brothers.

    It is the first film of four in the Critters series, followed by Critters 2: The Main Course. Although widely believed to have been inspired by the success of Joe Dante's 1984 film Gremlins,[3][4] Herek has refuted this in interviews, pointing out that the script was written by Muir long before Gremlins went into production and subsequently underwent rewrites to reduce the apparent similarities between the two films.


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    Release

    The film was released theatrically in the United States by New Line Cinema in April 1986. It turned out to be a modest hit for the company, grossing $13,167,232 at the box office.[2]

    The film was released on VHS and LaserDisc by RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video the same year. In September 1997, New Line Home Video re-released the film on VHS.

    In 2003, New Line Home Entertainment released the film on DVD. The film was re-released in a set containing all four Critters films on DVD by Warner Bros. in 2010.

    Reception

    According to Rotten Tomatoes, 53% of reviewers gave the film a positive review.[6]

    Marylynn Uricchio, film critic for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette described the film as an enjoyable, if unoriginal, low budget monster movie. Uricchio wrote, "Critters isn't a memorable or even very slick movie, but it is good fun. What it lacks in substance it makes up for with a perverse kind of charm".[7]

    Roger Ebert, film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film a positive review, rating it three stars out of four.[8]

    Caryn James, film critic for The New York Times complained that the movie lacked humor and suspense, writing, "Critters just doesn't make the audience laugh or jump often enough".


    Scott Grimes is now a regular on THE ORVILLE, playing Lieutenant Gordon Malloy, the helmsman of the Orville



     
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    Good old 80's sci-fi fun, although they did sequel it to death, as always.
     
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    Critters Alternate Ending


    This is the Alternate Ending to the first Critters Film that can be found on the DVD as an easter egg.



     
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    Cool! Thanks for all the info!!:emoji_man_dancing:
     
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    Yeah, I read about those. I don't know if I'll ever get around to watching either of the two sequels that I'm familiar with, but the first one was pretty fun.:emoji_alien:
     
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    That's cool!!! Honestly, I don't know when I'll get around to watching it again, but Critters is going to be on my re-watch list. I can say that right now.:emoji_alien:
     
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    Funnily enough I watched the first one about four months ago. But, like you, I have no plan to watch the sequels again. I knew about the fourth one, but have never, to my memory, seen it. :emoji_robot:
     
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    I doubt I will be watching this new thing. Am a bit fed up of remakes and reboots. :emoji_alien:
     
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    I could go either way on it. But even if it happens, and it turns out to be half way decent, there are enough shows that would come first for me to get caught up on.
     
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