REVIEW: CRITTERS 4

 

CAST

Don Keith Opper (Android)
Terrence Mann (As The World Turns)
Angela Bassett (Green Lantern)
Brad Dourif (Curse of Chucky)
Anne Ramsey (Class Action)

Image result for critters 4The film begins in 1992 as Charlie McFadden (Don Keith Opper), still in his role as alien bounty hunter, is about to destroy two Critter eggs. He is suddenly stopped by a hologram message from his alien friend Ug (Terrance Mann), who tells him the eggs are the last two Critters in existence and that it is against intergalactic law to cause their extinction. Charlie protests that the Critters are too dangerous to keep alive, but he obeys Ug’s orders to place the eggs in a preservation capsule that suddenly falls from the sky. As Charlie puts the eggs in the pod, the hatch closes on him and he is launched into space.
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Over a half-century later, in 2045, the crew of the salvage ship RSS Tesla finds the pod in deep space and bring it aboard. The ship is crewed by the shady and lecherous Captain Rick Buttram (Anders Hove); along with his eccentric engineer Al “Albert” Bert (Brad Dourif); pilot Fran (Angela Bassett); cargo specialist Bernie (Eric Da Re); and young engineer apprentice Ethan (Paul Whitthorne), who anxiously anticipates seeing his father back on Earth. While Rick and Bernie bully Ethan, Fran and Albert show him more appreciation.
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After examining the pod, Ethan discovers the emblem of the old Intergalactic Council on the side and questions the legality of claiming it for salvage. After reporting their find, the ship gets a communication from Councilor Tetra (Terrance Mann), of TerraCor, who offers Rick three times the going rate if he brings the pod to a nearby station. Fran, Bernie and Albert encourage Rick to accept the deal, but Ethan disputes going off course as it will delay his trip home.
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Eventually the crew decides to go to the station, but find the facility abandoned and a barely kept running by a malfunctioning central computer named “Angela” that won’t obey orders unless given the exact opposite instruction. Things get more problematic when Albert learns the station’s reactor is also leaking radiation but doesn’t anticipates it going critical for a month or so. In the meantime Rick has bigger plans and secretly decides to rip off the others and take the contents of the pod for himself.
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Eventually Ethan stumbles upon Rick tampering with the pod, and Rick offers to cut him into his scheme saying his plan will get them back to Earth sooner. When Ethan refuses to abandon the others, Rick knocks him unconscious with a fire extinguisher. Rick manages to open the pod and encounters an excited Charlie who quickly jumps out. Infuriated, Rick refuses to believe Charlie is the only thing in the pod and crawls inside for himself. There he discovers the freshly hatched baby Critters who quickly attack and kill him.
Image result for critters 4Charlie tries to shoot the Critters with Rick’s gun but the critters manage to run off. He then revives Ethan and goes off to pursue the Critters with the confused boy in tow. Eventually they meet up with the rest of the crew and Charlie explains who he is and how he came to be in the pod. While the crew contemplates his wild story, Bernie departs refusing to believe that “man-eating furballs” are running loose on the station. Ethan then uses a computer keycard he earlier found outside a research lab to access a report made by a Dr. McCormick (Anne Ramsay), who reveals that she was conducting research on various alien organisms for use as a bioweapon. Unfortunately her creations couldn’t reproduce on their own and she requested finding a suitable organism capable of rapid reproduction. After realizing what has been going on aboard the station, Albert strongly suggests they all leave it immediately.
Image result for critters 4Meanwhile, Bernie sneaks into the station’s pharmacy to steal drugs. The Critters sneak up on him and he becomes their next meal. After the others find his remains, Angela announces that the reactor will go critical within hours and starts sealing off sections of the station. Albert realizes the reactor was in far worse shape than he originally thought. The crew are then forced to crawl through tight service tunnels to reach their ship, during which they find a clutch of freshly laid Critter eggs and learn the Critters are breeding. Unknown to the crew, the Critters have made their way to the Tesla and program the ship to head for the nearest inhabited planet – Earth. One Critter tells the other to “get the kids” while it preps the ship for take off. Once the crew arrive, Albert hands Charlie the only weapon he has; an antique Colt revolver. Charlie wastes no time using it when they encounter the Critters on the ship, but his shots not only kill the Critters, but destroys the flight controls leaving the ship dead in the water.
Image result for critters 4While the crew attempt repairs, Ethan takes the gun to hunt down the last Critter himself. He finds the creature in the science lab using the equipment there to rapidly grow several baby Critters to full size. He then runs back to the ship to warn the others just as a Terracor ship carrying Tetra and his troopers arrives. The surviving crew rush to meet Tetra, but finds the troopers leveling their weapons at them. Tetra demands the Critter eggs but Albert refuses to be threatened. Ethan arrives just as Tetra shoots and kills Albert. Tetra then knocks Fran to the deck while Charlie stands confounded that his old alien friend Ug has turned selfishly evil. Ug says “things change” and then orders his troops to go find the eggs.
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Still unnoticed, Ethan runs back to the science lab and sets up a trap for Tetra’s troopers. When they arrive he seals them inside with the pack of hungry critters. He then retrieves the Critter eggs from the tunnel and brings them back to Tetra while juggling them carelessly in the air. To Tetra’s astonishment, Ethan purposely drops and breaks two of the eggs leaving one left. After Tetra threatens to kill Fran, Ethan tosses the last egg to distract him. Fran then notices the revolver hidden in Ethan’s waistband and quickly strikes Tetra in the head with it, knocking him out. Charlie and Fran then rush aboard Tetra’s ship to prepare for take off, but Ethan lingers to mourn over Albert’s body. Suddenly the last Critter appears and attacks him, but Ethan manages to flash freeze the Critter with a fuel hose. As Ethan recovers he finds Tetra pointing a gun at him. Charlie returns and points the revolver at Tetra who doubts that Charlie even has the guts to pull the trigger. Charlie utters, “Things change, Ug”, and shoots Tetra in the head.
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Angela then warns that the reactor will go critical in a matter of moments and the survivors rush aboard Tetra’s ship to escape. As Angela counts down to detonation, the station suddenly explodes a few seconds early leaving Ethan to laugh at how stupid the computer was, and that it couldn’t even correctly tell time. The film ends with the three flying off toward Earth.
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This sequel lives up to to the others and is in some cases even better. It has a good story, nice visual effects, and a quick pace. The cast are very good in their parts as well, it was especially good seeing Angela Bassett before she became a big name. The ending is pretty pathetic, but it still is a lot of fun .

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REVIEW: CRITTERS 3

CAST

Leonardo DiCaprio (Catch Me If You Can)
Aimee Brooks (Muddling Through)
Don Keith Opper (Android)
Terrence Mann (As The World Turns)
John Calvin (Dragonworld)
Nina Axelrod (Motel Hell)
William Dennis Hunt (Chaplin)
Geoffrey Blake (Brink!)
Frances Bay (Happy Gilmore)
Bill Zuckert (Naked Gun 33 1/3)
Ethan Phillips (The Purge: Election Year)

Image result for CRITTERS 3Sometime after the events in Critters 2, Charlie MacFadden is tracking down the last of the Critters. A family of three – Annie (the main protagonist), Johnny (her little brother) and Clifford (the father) – stops at a rest stop when their car’s tire pops. At the rest stop, Charlie warns them and Josh, stepson of a corrupt landlord, about the Critters. As this happens, a Critter lays eggs under the family’s car and the family leaves, unknowingly taking the eggs with them.Image result for CRITTERS 3Soon after they arrive at their tenement, the Critters hatch and attack the sleazy maintenance man, Frank. When the landlord arrives, he too is eaten by the Critters after Josh locks him in Clifford’s room, unknowingly trapping his stepfather with the creatures. Next, one of the residents is attacked and wounded. Annie, her family and five others (including Josh) try to get to safety in one piece by getting to the roof of the building. Charlie arrives and destroys the remaining Critters, saving the remaining tenants. The film ends in a cliffhanger as Charlie is about to destroy two Critter eggs, but is ordered not to and a containment pod sent from the Intergalactic Council crashes into the basement.
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The effects were still great, the acting worked, and I liked the characters. Critters 3 was not as much horror and more funny but it still worked. The critter effects have slightly changed but still basically the same. The critters are now more slimy and darker in color. Leonardo DiCaprio did a great job in his role as Josh. Having a critter as a main protagonist was interesting and fun, and I liked the development in the other critter’s characters also. It was very slightly off beat but fun to watch and entertaining.

REVIEW: CRITTERS 2: THE MAIN COURSE

 

CAST

Scott Grimes (American Dad)
Don Keith Opper (Android)
Terrence Mann (As The World Turns)
Lin Shaye (The Running Man)
Roxanne Kernohan (Fatal Pulse)
Liane Curtis (Baby, It’s You)
Barry Corbin (Anger Management)
Tom Hodges (Revenge of The Nerds 2)
Douglas Rowe (The Incident)
Lindsay Parker (Shocker)
Herta Ware (2010)
Sam Anderson (Lost)

Image result for CRITTERS 2The film starts out in space on a desolate planet where human Charlie McFadden and the shapeshifting bounty hunters Ug and Lee are searching for a vicious, worm-like creature. After successfully killing the beast, they depart the planet. Soon afterwards, they receive a new assignment by Zanti, head of the High Council. He tells them that Critters are still on Earth and must be destroyed. With that, they set a course for Earth. Noticing Charlie brooding, Ug inquires what’s wrong. Charlie states his reluctance to going back after two years and asks, concerned, whether they would leave him there. Ug reassures him they had no such intentions.
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Back on Earth, Brad Brown is visiting his grandmother in Grover’s Bend and word gets around the town fast implying he became well known after the events of the first film. Shortly after the bounty hunters arrive, the Critters eat a man’s (dressed as an Easter bunny) stomach out. No one believes it was the Critters, thinking it was a farming accident until the Critters begin to terrorize the town. They begin to grow in large numbers. Lee, is killed and devoured by the Critters, causing Ug to slip into a deep depression and revert to his alien form. The remaining people of the town devise a plot. They lead the Critters to a burger shop in an attempt to blow them up but fail. The Critters then come together into a large ball and begin heading to the church (rolling over a man, killing him). Just before they reach the church, Charlie flies directly into them with Ug’s spaceship, seemingly destroying the Critters and sacrificing himself. Ug then takes on Charlie’s facial feature in honor of his bravery. It is later revealed the next day as Brad begins to depart that Charlie survived by using a parachute and stays on Earth, becoming sheriff of the town. Ug departs in a new spacecraft, still wearing the guise of Charlie.
Image result for CRITTERS 2A Very entertaining and action packed sequel that is almost better than the original. What works here for this sequel is there’s more action, bigger special effects, off-the-wall humor, a more intense and dramatic score, Mick Garris’s directorial debut and of course there’s a memorable moment where Lee the faceless bounty hunter from space looks at a Playboy magazine and transforms into a beautiful nude blonde centerfold babe played by B-movie beauty Roxanne Kernohan.

REVIEW: CRITTERS

CAST

Dee Wallace (ET)
M. Emmet Walsh (The Flash 90s)
Billy Bush (Jaso nGoes To Hell)
Scott Grimes (American Dad)
Nadine van der Velde (Starman)
Don Keith Opper (Android)
Billy Zane (Zoolander)
Ethan Phillips (Bad Santa)
Terrence Mann (As The World Turns)
Lin Shaye (The Running Man)
Corey Burton (Transformers)

Image result for CRITTERS (1986)The film begins on a prison set on an asteroid, from which a group of ‘Critters’ are set to be transported to another station. When the Critters kill two guards and injure three, hijack a ship from the station, and escape, the commander of the station hires two shape-changing bounty hunters to pursue them.
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On Earth, the Brown family are living in a rural Kansas town: the father, Jay; the mother, Helen; the teenage daughter, April; and the son, Brad, who keeps company with mechanic Charlie McFadden. When he and Brad are outside, shooting off homemade fireworks and playing with Brad’s slingshot, Charlie accidentally hits April with a slingshot pellet, and Brad assumes the blame on himself to protect his friend (one of his apparent only friends throughout the movie). When on the roof later, Brad mistakes the Critters’ spaceship for a meteorite. The ship thereafter lands, causing the ground to shake. Investigating, Jay discovers Brad in a tree, and allows him to come along.
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Devouring the majority of a cow, the Critters are interrupted by Jay and Brad’s discovery of the carcass. The Critters thereafter consume a police officer, and later approach the farm and cut its electrical connection. Jay, Helen, and Brad go to check the circuit breaker, and Jay is attacked by one of the Critters. The Critters reveal they can shoot quills laced with a fast acting venom that tranquilizes their targets, rendering the limb or body temporarily numb or useless, and hit Jay in the right leg with one as his family struggles to pull him out of the basement. In the barn, April is attempting sexual intercourse with her boyfriend Steve when he is killed by the Critters, and Brad then kills one of them by tricking it into eating a cherry bomb firecracker he had in his pocket. Meanwhile, the two bounty hunters search the town, causing a ruckus at the town church, and then the local bowling alley. They are later recruited by Brad.  The Critters return to their ship when the bounty hunters arrive, with their leader having kidnapped April, and start the ship up to fly away and escape the bounty hunters as well as firing the ships weapons to destroy the family’s house out of pure malice; only then do they realize that Charlie and Brad were able to get April out of the ship before it took off, and Brad has thrown a homemade bomb made from Charlie’s bottle of whiskey into the ship, causing a fire which lights off both the homemade bomb and the additional fuel the ship was carrying, the explosion supposedly killing all the Critters. The bounty hunters leave in their ship after giving Brad a hand held device that they say to “call them” by, and also by which the family’s house is restored. At the very end, Critter eggs can be seen in the barn inside a chickens nest that seem to be ready to hatch.
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This Movie is a perfect look of how we can take a plot that may sound sort of pathetic, and make it a hit. This movie has great special effects for its time, as well as great looks. The Critters are Nasty looking and can give you quite a scare. You cant look at this movie as a modern aged and modern special effects man. This was 86, and not the biggest time of great effects