Critters (1986) A good start to this binge watch. The first Critters is brilliant only in the way ‘80s horror movies can be: great creatures, silly direlogue and plenty of blood spilled. So we’re off to a good start. Beer has helped soften our focus and we’re in the right mood for more schlock.
Critters 2 (1988) Reworking pretty much the same formula as the first one means it can’t go too wrong. Still fun and entertaining, or it could just be the beer. We’re feeling confident in this franchise now. The typically difficult sequel managed to tick all the boxes, bring on number 3.
Critters 3 (1991) Despite the presence of non-other than Oscar winning Leonardo DiCaprio (yes, really) this franchise takes a steep nosedive here. More of the same, just not quite as funny as its predecessors. Our enthusiasm is waning somewhat (reaches for motivating beer)...
Critters 4 (1992) The franchise takes a sudden swerve towards full-on sci-fi horror when the Critters hit outer space! Oh dear. Gone are the laughs, the acting just get progressively worse and the dialog is not fun anymore. It’s just bad. But we got this far, it’s too late to turn back, we’re committed, and too lazy to turn it off. At the end of a back-to-back Critters fest we must admit we’re is slightly numbed, and relieved it’s over.
Grab a few beers, watch the first two, have some laughs and leave it there. This is a fun franchise but it ran out of ideas pretty quickly. Watch the first two for the great ‘80s creature effects, some decent laughs, jump scares and gore. If you’re still in mood for more then make sure you have more beer in the fridge. You’re going to need it. And remember, if you’ve already seen it, rate it!