Horrorfest 2015 Presents: Critteriffic


Sure this was supposed to be part of my viewing from last year. Doesn’t matter because I do what I want anyways. Critters 3 and 4 came as a double bill part of a four pack that I found at my local library. Neither are particularly good, yet I actually dug one a little bit. I like to finish franchises anyways, for better or for worse. The series isn’t Oscar worthy but it is fun to watch. For some reason the 80s and 90s had a lot of franchise horror, although that seemed to be the norm for Hollywood, period.

Critters 3 is not a good movie. It’s easy the worst of the series and is mostly notable for featuring a young Leonardo DiCaprio in one of the main roles. As the son of a douche bag who wants to drive off his tenants so he can build a shopping mall or something. After having the Critters take over a farmhouse and a small town an apartment building is a huge step down. Imagine if this had been a big budget film where the Crites invade a whole city. Too bad that never happened.

Still this film does have its moments and the cast isn’t bad for a poor showing. They make this crappy movie watchable and I did like some of the kills. Also for some reason (SPOILER) The film ends on a cliffhanger. I like that Terrence Mann and Don Keth Opper appear in all of the series. That’s welcomed consistency.

Now oddly enough Critters 4 was a step up and works okay as an ending to the series. Well at least it was supposed to be, since nothing ever seems to end in Hollywood. Opper and Mann return along with new additions Brad Dourif and Angela Bassett as members of a crew that finds Charlie in space. I overlooked the obvious Alien/Aliens ripoff moments and sat back and enjoyed the fact that for the first time ever the Crites were actually in space. And that this movie has a few surprises, including one I did not see coming.

Even though like the rest of the series the low budget feel is quite apparent, I still enjoyed the fourth movie. The first two entries in the series are the best, however I still recommend even seeing the last two, just to see how things shake out. Also I am a fan of even bad sci-fi, especially since we don’t get too much of the actual stuff these days. Comic book movies don’t count.


Horrorfest 2013 Presents: Critters 2: The Main Course (1988, Mick Garris)

Sometimes a goofy horror movie is just what you need. Critters 2 fits that bill, managing to be even more outrageous than the first film. Even though it takes a while to get going as it fills us in on what’s taken place since the Browns last had to fight off the Crites on their farm. Young Brad has returned to see his grandma and the townspeople are not happy to see him.

They would rather forget about what happened, right up to even voting in a new sheriff. When the Crites return they are forced to turn to the old sheriff and even Brad to try and survive. In wonderfully entertaining fashion of course. Like many 80s films its created to be goofy fun although for the sequel Mick Garris and company decided to up the amount of death and gore.

Not to mention a moment that is hilarious and crazy. I don’t want to spoil it but when you end up seeing it you will either laugh in amazement or groan. I did the former for the record because I like a movie like this one that manages to combine dark humor with monster moments. Even though its decent at best as far as many horror sequels go this one is better than most. Now to view the rest of the series.

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