Critters (1986)

35mm film, colour
mono, English

An American/British science fiction film directed by Stephen Herek.

Plot Summary

Furry little monsters from space escape captivity and land on Earth to terrorise a small, mid-western town, eating everything in their path. They are pursued by a pair of and angry locals who decide that enough is enough and it's time to fight back.


Director: Stephen Herek
New Line Cinema, Sho Films, Smart Egg Pictures
Executive Producer: Robert Shaye
Producer: Rupert Harvey, Barry Opper
Script: Domonic Muir, Stephen Herek, Don Keith Opper
Story: Domonic Muir
Director of Photography: Tim Suhrstedt
Editor: Larry Bock
Music: David Newman
Costume Designer: Hilary Wright
Special Make-up Effects: R. Christopher Biggs, Bill Foertsch
Special Critter Effects: Chiodo Brothers Productions (Charles Chiodo, Edward Chiodo, Stephen Chiodo)
Production Designer: Gregg Fonseca

Dee Wallace-Stone (Helen Brown)
M. Emmet Walsh (Harv)
Billy Green Bush (Jay Brown)
Scott Grimes (Brad Brown)
Nadine Van der Velde (April Brown)
Don Keith Opper (Charlie McFadden)
Billy Zane (Steve Elliot)
Ethan Phillips (Jeff Barnes)
Terrence Mann (Johnny Steele/Ug)
Jeremy Lawrence (preacher)
Lin Shaye (Sally)
Michael Lee Gogin (Warden Zanti)
Art Frankel (Ed)
Douglas Koth (bowler 1)
Montrose Hagins (organist)
Roger Hampton (Jake)
Chuck Lindsley (pool player 1)
David Stenstrom (pool player 2)
Adele Malis-Morey (woman 1
Corey Burton (critter voices)

2: The Main Course (1988)
Critters 4 (1991)
Critters 3 (1991)
Critters 4 (1992)
Critters: Bounty Hunter (2014)
Critters: A New Binge (2019)
Critters Attack! (2019)

Extracts included in
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

See also
Gremlins (1984)


Films and Filming July 1987 p.13 – credits, review
Première September 1986 p.15 – review (by Jean-Philippe Guerand)
Video the Magazine August 1987 p.17 – video review
Video World August 1987 p.26 – review

Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History, 1914-2008 by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.147-149; 221 – review; credits
Elliot's Guide to Films on Video by John Elliot p.178 – credits, review
The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.117 – credits, synopsis
Hoffman's Guide to Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 pp.83-84 – credits, review
Horror Films of the 1980s by John Kenneth Muir pp.485 – credits, synopsis, review
Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.98
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.103-104