Critters Attack! (2019)


Did we really need a fifth instalment of the Critters franchise? It has been 33 years since the first instalment of the franchise starring Scott Grimes, Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy Green Bush, and Nadine Van der Velde hit movie theater screens.

With the renowned movie critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times describing the first instalment as being an “ambitious rip-off of not one but four recent science-fiction movies: “Gremlins,” “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982), “The Terminator,” and “Starman,” one might have initially thought the Stephen Herek directed horror-comedy would have been a standalone production. This was not the case.

In 1988, 1991, and 1992, respectively came the second, third, and fourth instalments. This could not have been enough because 27 years after “Critters 4” became a reality, the made for television horror-comedy “Critters Attack!” arrives on our screens.

The Critters Return…

Critters Attack!
Dee Wallace as Aunt Dee in the Bobby Miller directed comedy horror film “Critters Attack!”

Drea (Tashiana Washington), a recent high school graduate, wants desperately to get into her mother’s alma mater Leroy College. Unfortunately, she has been rejected from the academic institution twice. Hopefully, the third time will be the charm. To make ends meet, and help support the household, Drea holds down a job at a local sushi restaurant. In the household, there is Drea’s Uncle Lewis and her UFO-obsessed little brother Phillip (Jaeden Noel). Drea’s uncle does not believe in “little green men.” At least the sheriff got one thing right. Critters are not “green men.” Meanwhile, somewhere in the local park, three park rangers are turned into breakfast snacks by the Critters.

On discovering a member of the Leroy College admissions board is in need of a babysitter, Drea takes the job watching Trissy Lacy (Ava Preston) and Jake Lacy (Jack Fulton) because it might lead to better academic fortunes. Philip has no interest in accompanying Drea to her babysitting gig, but when he discovers the gig is at the Lacy residence, he soon becomes interested in being there. What should be an easy night of babysitting quickly turns into a gooey nightmare when the Krites begin feasting on the locals.

Everyone favourite Critter is the Queen Krite and Aunt Dee (Dee Wallace) is looking to kill her but when Dee realises the queen is there to prevent the male critters from taking over the Earth, they join forces.

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Final Thoughts…

Does Critters Attacks! breathe new life into a long-dead franchise? If we have learned anything over the past two decades, some properties should not be rebooted and or re-imagined. They should remain a done deal.

There are no objectives or urgency throughout the entire film. While the deaths of secondary characters might be fun to watch, that is pretty much the only thing this production has going for it. If you are not a hardcore fan of the franchise, you should seriously give this film a miss because it is not worth your time. It’s a complete mess from beginning to end.

Please comment and tell us what you think of the film. Do you feel it is worth seeing? Do you think the franchise should see another instalment?