Written by John Edward Betancourt
When it came to the 1980's and horror films, it was an era of pure creation when it came to new monsters or creatures that would challenge special effects teams and makeup artists and blow away the audience in the process and the end result of many of these films was incredible to say the least.
It seemed everywhere you turned in either theaters or your local video store there was something new and exciting to see and it really was the first time you had ever seen anything like it. It was a wonderful time for the imagination and I recently re watched one of those fresh and original films the other day, Critters.
They are dangerous eating machines, that will devour anything in their path. Cunning, relentless and known throughout the galaxy for the threat they pose. They are the Crites and on this night they have come to earth. This night will be one of total terror for the Brown family as the Crites tear through their farm. Survival and hope are the only things on their mind, for if they can make it long enough, a pair of intergalactic bounty hunters that have come for the Crites may be their only salvation.
Yes, that is the plot ladies and gentlemen because Critters is a different kind of horror/sci fi film. It's one part monster mash with hints of Alien thrown in and it makes for a ton of fun. It's silly yes, it's not exactly terrifying, but this is a motion picture that is entertaining enough that you won't be able to stop watching.
Obviously the biggest draw for this film are the special effects, with the Crites taking center stage. They are animatronic wonders with their glowing red eyes and mouths filled with teeth and they are a blast to watch on screen, terrorizing the poor Brown family. But it doesn't end there, our two bounty hunters have some pretty cool effects moments themselves, especially when the character Ug transforms from faceless void to human being in the goriest of fashion.
This is truly a popcorn horror flick. You'll find no deep meaning here, no social commentary, just a good old fashioned monster flick that will have you shoveling handful after handful of Orville Redenbacher brand popcorn into your mouth as you wait for the next awesome gory effect or awesome moment to fall into your lap. Catch this one if you haven't yet, it's an absolute blast.