Critters Attack! (2019) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Bobby Miller
STARRING: Tashiana Washington, Dee Wallace, Jaeden Noel
RATED: R/REGION A/1:78/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 2
AVAILABLE FROM Warner Bros.
20-year-old Drea reluctantly takes a job babysitting for a professor of a college she hopes to attend. Struggling to entertain the professor’s children, Drea takes them on a hike, unaware that mysterious alien critters have crash-landed and started devouring every living thing they encounter.
We have a good news/bad news situation, folks! The good news is Critters Attack is probably the best Critters movie since Critters 2! The bad news is it still kinda isn’t that good. I had high hopes for this one after seeing what happened when SyFy put on the new Leprechaun movie and it was actually really good! This Critters movie packs in some good characters here and there, some nice blood, but the story isn’t good at all. Dee Wallace is back as “Aunt Dee” and I’m not 100% sure if she’s still the same character from part 1 or not because she’s using a new name. We at least have a new female Critter this time around and that is probably the best thing you’ll take away from this one besides the gore, even if it does remind you perhaps just a bit too much of Gremlins as you watch it unfold. This series always had those comparisons but it seems like they are going full speed ahead here.
Now, as silly and flat as this one can be at times, it at least brings back some of the stuff we haven’t seen in a long time, like the giant Critters ball from Critters 2. If you love these movies then you can probably find some stuff to get nostalgic about but those moments are few and far in between. You also can’t help but notice how poorly the script here is with some of the cringy lines that come out of these character’s mouths. I’m always happy to see new movies for old franchises come out. If we ignore the awful Critters web-series this is the first real Critters thing we’ve seen since the awful Critters 4. Even if this movie isn’t very good, we can at least take some comfort in knowing it’s better than Critters 3, 4, and the web-series. But still not what I’d call “good”.
– Engineering Gore; Designing Critters (featurette)
– Critters: An Out-of-this-World Experience (featurette)
– The Critter Ball (featurette)
– Scene Specific Commentary with Director Bobby Miller and a Critter
Quality of Transfer: 98%