April 11th, 1986



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A race of small, furry aliens make lunch out of the locals in a farming town.

Release Year: 1986

Rating: 5.8/10 (10,874 voted)

Director: Stephen Herek

Stars: Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy Green Bush

A massive ball of furry creatures from another world eat their way through a small mid-western town followed by intergalactic bounty hunters opposed only by militant townspeople.

Writers: Domonic Muir, Domonic Muir

Dee Wallace - Helen Brown (as Dee Wallace Stone)
M. Emmet Walsh - Harv
Billy Green Bush - Jay Brown
Scott Grimes - Brad Brown
Nadine Van der Velde - April Brown (as Nadine Van Der Velde)
Don Keith Opper - Charlie McFadden (as Don Opper)
Billy Zane - Steve Elliot
Ethan Phillips - Jeff Barnes
Terrence Mann - Johnny Steele / Ug
Jeremy Lawrence - Reverend Miller
Lin Shaye - Sally
Michael Lee Gogin - Warden Zanti
Art Frankel - Ed
Douglas Koth - Bowler #1
Montrose Hagins - Organist

Taglines: They bite!

Release Date: 11 April 1986

Filming Locations: Kansas, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $1,618,800 (USA) (13 April 1986) (540 Screens)

Gross: $13,167,232 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Body count: a cow, 2 humans and several chickens.

Continuity: In the closing scenes when Harv returns the family to their home, he drives the police car past the barn and stops alongside a fence in front of trees and a field. The same side view of the car is shown a few shots later but now the vehicle is back along side the barn again.

[Spaceship is landing on the yard]
Critter 1: Critters mumble...
Critter 2: Foood!

User Review

Two Words--> Critters rock

Rating: 7/10

and they roll and they chew and they eat and eat and eat. Darn those space people for solving the critter problem.

This was one of those TV late night movies that is totally awesome because of its creativity. Oh course while I watched it, I had no dreams of Gremlins and never connected the two.

In reality, I guess Critters are Gremlins without the Gizmos, but then again Gremlins without Gizmos are just plain mean.

and Critters are just mean....

They kill with no reason, they eat like there is no tomorrow, and even the Church cannot save the poor town's cattle.

As far as a classic, this is not, but it and Tremors are up there with the most immaginative and creative horror movies of the past few decades.


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