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Critters (1986)

This was possibly one of the cheesiest horror films I’ve ever seen. With that being said, I thought it was a lot of fun. I thought that the acting (with the exception of Dee Wallace) was pretty good for an 80’s horror film. I was especially impressed with Scott Grimes’ performance as Brad Brown. The fact that he was only about fourteen or fifteen years old during the production of this film makes the performance that much more impressive. The critters were incredibly strange, but I was impressed with the fact that they were puppets rather than CGI. I feel that CGI can sometimes ruin a film when it’s not done correctly. In a film, such as this, I feel as if it would have been ruined by an overuse or poor use of CGI. The critters were lethal and yet, what stood out to me the most was that they were little dicks. There was a scene in which the critters literally just rolled around the house and tore it to shreds; they are just horrible and mean (and I found this to be hilarious). The film was far bloodier than I thought it would be. From the beginning of the film the audience was shown some fairly corny characters and situations, leading me to believe that the film, as a whole, would be just as corny and childish. This was not the case when the critters showed up. They kicked butt, took names and left a trail of blood in their wake. This was actually a pleasant edition to the film because it made the situation taking place much more dire and slightly less corny. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this film by the time I was done watching. However, now I feel that it was one of the more well executed horror films that I’ve seen. It was corny, it was fun and it definitely hit the nail on the head when it came to creepy monsters. I most certainly recommend this film.



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