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Critters Attack! Blu-ray Review

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“Critters Attack!” is the worst installment in the franchise so far.

Not to be confused with the recent Shudder mini-series “Critters: A New Binge (which was basically an episodic movie), “Critters Attack!” is a new 89 minute feature-length R rated sequel which revolves around a young woman Drea who is babysitting 2 kids for someone on the board of admissions at the local college alongside her alien obsessed brother Philip. While out on a picnic, the group discovers a cute and kind black and white creature. Shortly thereafter, they also discover the nasty, man-eating Crites have also landed in their small college town. The group is not the only ones to notice the Crites are back as the mysterious woman Aunt Dee is also on their trail.

With “Critters: A New Binge” and now “Critters Attack!,” Critters fans are sure getting their fill this year. However, while ‘Binge’ turned out to be a surprisingly fun and tongue-in-cheek installment (hopefully that gets a home video release soon), “Critters Attack!” does not fare so well. Directed by Bobby Miller and written by Scott Lobdell, this new entry in the sci-fi-horror-comedy franchise is devoid of originality and feels slapped together. The plot is virtually non-existent, the deaths are uninspired, the dialogue is stilted, the new Crite is essentially a rip-off of “Gremlins,” the cinematography is overly dark, the cast of largely no-name actors is as bland as can be, the movie looks and feels cheap, and the movie’s greatest sin is that it’s flat-out boring.

“Critters Attack!” does have two things going for it. For one, it’s nice to see practical FX still (including the beloved Crite ball). Two, Dee Wallace (who starred in the original) returns to the franchise. Strangely though, she’s barely in the movie. Even stranger, she’s playing the same character but they have different names (don’t ask me).

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The cheap looking movie looks cheap even in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? An adequate 5.1 track at best.

Extras:
* DVD copy
* Digital copy
* WB trailers
* 2 featurettes titled “Engineering Gore: Designing Critters” and “Critters: An Out-Of-This World Experience” which contain behind-the-scenes look at the Crite puppets and gore FX, interviews, film discussions, set footage, etc.
* “The Critter Ball”- A featurette on the critter ball.
* “A Scene Specific Audio Commentary With Bobby Miller and Marty Krite”- A seriously goofy commentary on the climactic battle.

July 18, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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