Can I speak bluntly with you for one second? Only one second. That’s all I ask. Do I have your attention? Good, here’s what I want to say. Are you ready? Critters 2 is a great film (yeah I said it. what?)
Let’s put aside the fact it’s a sequel. Let’s put aside that it was made for very little money. Let’s put aside the tumbleweed-of-death eating machine. Let’s put aside our cultural difference and the fact that you’re a film snob. I want you to admit while watching Critters 2 you were smiling (seriously, did you just lie to your own thoughts in your head reading that, cause I know you did!).
Critters 2 represents everything film-making should be about. It’s about slapping down a few bucks, grabbing some popcorn, and just rocking out to Crite killing action (KILL CRITES!).
Directed by legendary Master of Horror Mick Garris, this is a sequel not even worthy to be better than the original, but it is, due mostly to Garris making the movie realistic in its approach and the characters within the film equally serious. I mean, what can be better than a Patten-esqe Barry Corbin spitting tobacco through lines like “Them man-eating dust mops got us roped up tighter than a blue-ribbon bull”? It’s a rollicking ride, not without its faults. But are the faults really worth even mentioning? Hear me out, if you have a movie in your hand with the words Critters, and on top of that with an added 2, then you already know what is coming your way. I will say Critters 2 is a solid afternoon of Gremlins and Ghoulies rip-offs and a welcomed snack into your VHS player.
If you’re a staunch believer in high resolution and special features, Scream Factory recently brought a 4 disc set of the entire franchise (including the one with Leo and #4, set in space of course!) Mick Garris and the bunch give you great behind the scene stories and even some self-criticism (highly undeserved), so it is well worth the extra few dollars to see the rolling veal-eating sphere in high-resolution quality.
… and remember… KILL CRITES!!!!!!