Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Critters 2: The Main Course (1988, Mick Garris)

Critters and Critters 2 are films that I have loved since childhood. Critters 2 has a very special place in my heart for being the first film I can remember seeing with a topless woman. Ah, memories. I used to rent the film over and over again from my local video store, The Movie Hut, Wayland, MA (R.I.P.). It wasn't just for that though, I loved seeing those little Critters fuck shit up.

Critters 2 takes place 2 years after the first one. Brad Brown (Scott Grimes) returns to Grover's Bend to visit his grandmother for Easter. The locals are not too pleased to see him after the whole Critter incident nearly ruined their town. Everyone is still trying to forget the past when a bunch of Crite eggs are found and sold to the local church for their Easter Egg Hunt. Needless to say, the eggs hatch and once again the town must try to survive against these evil space bastards. Once again, the bounty hunters come back to try to save the Earth from the Crites.

Critters 2 is as good as the first Critters, which is rare for a sequel - especially a horror sequel from the 80s. The Critters are more fierce than before and there are many more of them, which increases the mayhem. There are many funny parts and the scene where the Critters take over the burger joint is hilarious. Once again, all of the characters are great, the Critters effects and the PG-13 gore (including a twitching bloody skeleton that got steamrolled by the Critters) are all masterfully done. It was good to see some of the cast from the first reappear too.


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