The following Blu-ray was provided to me by Warner Brothers for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
I have long been a fan of the Critters franchise. What’s not to like? Cute yet ugly evil little balls of alien fur with big teeth that devour people. Think of them as violent bloodthirsty Gremlins from outer space. Launched in 1986 the first film spawned quiet a successful franchise. It was a unique blend of horror, science fiction, and comedy. Over the top gore campy dialogue, and lets not forget a young Leonardo DiCaprio in the third entry It was followed by three sequels, a web series, and now a new film in the Franchise Critters Attack.
The newest film sticks to the same tried and true formula. A sleepy town becomes overrun with the evil Space Critters. Drea and her brother Phillip are living with their Uncle the local Sheriff after their mom dies in a car accident. Drea has all her hopes set on going to Leroy College but in the beginning we learn she was not accepted. But all is not lost as her friend hooks her up with a babysitting gig for one of the heads of the schools admission department. Drea jumps on the chance and decides to, along with Phillip takes the kids on a quiet nature hike. As they walk up the sleepy town they encounter a cute little white ball of fur. That fur turns of to be a female critter. She (the critter) is there because she has followed the male critters to the town where they have already began attacking random people.
Also hot on the heals of the Critters is Dee Wallace from the original Critters film. However this time she is playing a completely different character. She is Aunt Dee, a bounty tracker after the Critters and looking for revenge after they murdered her family years ago. I have read that she is supposed to be playing her original character (Helen) and just going by a different name, but I didn’t get that. SO what you have is Drea, Phillip, the kids she’s watching and the little white critter heading into town along with Aunt Dee (she wanders off quiet often) to stop the Critters. They have to run around as the Critters were smart enough to kill the cell phone service.
I really had a fun time watching this. The campy humor, over the top gore, and a really good performance by Wallace all made for an enjoyable little film. I really wish Wallace would have been it in more (Her part is spread out by still fairly small) and I also wish we could have gotten a real clarification as to if she was Helen now going by Aunt Dee or just a new character entirely. Either way the film was still a great way to spend the evening.
The Critters look just a good as the always have. The blood and gore is still there, and so is the predictable plot. I say predictable because this is nothing you haven’t seen before, and that’s just fine. Critters Attack doesn’t try to start anything over, or jumpstart anything new. It simply took the evil little aliens killing a town and threw in a white female critter. That was it. But that was all it needed. These films are made for campy fun and Critters Attack succeeded that on every level.
The special effects look good, both in terms of practical and CGI. The acting and chemistry between all the main players was fine. Warner Brothers did a great job on the Blu-ray as the film looked and sounded fantastic. I love hearing little Critter noises through my speakers. There are a few short but still cool special features thrown in that fans of the series will enjoy.
Thirty years later and the Critters are still a great franchise. This was a great albeit short little film that fans of the series, as well of fans of horror and science fiction alike should check out. If you have never seen a Critters film before shame on you, but don’t worry you wont be lost. Pick this one up on July 23rd and enjoy.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars!