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Critters The eponymous monsters of this film series originate from space. They hijack a ship and head to Earth, which is where they should have stayed. Critters was good, and don't let anyone tell you it was a Gremlins ripoff. Critters spawned three sequels. The first two were OK and based entirely on the home planet of most of our readers. The third sequel was embarassingly bad.The plot starts out in a truly baffing way: The hero of the series puts two Critter eggs in a preservation capsule (because, despite having to fight critters for three whole films, he has orders, dangit!) Then, somehow, he is locked inside the capsule, himself, and sent into deep space hibernation. Because of, you know, science. Then it gets all high-tech, by which we mean the technology is insultingly remedial. The hero gets picked up by a ship, and begins hunting the Critters with an antique gun. It's not like it's their only weapon; we clearly see laser guns in several scenes. There's a huge problem with these space horror sequels: We don't like any of the characters, and if they all die, then the monsters are usually stuck on a distant planet or a spacecraft. Plot solved through inactivity, Raiders of the Lost Ark style.The biggest twist comes when a beloved character, Ug, decides he is now a bad guy. Because, in his own poetic words, "things change." Then, the hero shoots his longtime pal in the head and feels remorseful for about as long as it takes us to pop a Vicodin to get through the rest of this film. Then, they kill the Critters. In another huge plot twist, all of the remaining bad guys mysteriously disappear. The happiest endings are the tacked on, nonsensical ones.

Crites coming back to Earth in new WBTV series Critters: A New Binge

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Jan 10, 2018

If you’re a fan of ‘80s pop culture — and let’s face it, studio heads believe everyone is these days — then we’ve got some great news for you: Critters, the 1986 cult classic mini-monsters movie, is heading to a small screen near you, thanks to Warner Bros. Television Group’s digital studio, Blue Ribbon Content (BRC).

We’ve been hearing about a Critters digital series since way back in 2014, but now it looks like it’s finally coming to fruition. According to WBTV’s TCA panel on Wednesday, executive producers Jordan Rubin, Jon Kaplan, Al Kaplan, and team will begin production early this year on Critters: A New Binge, a live-action comedy series set for Verizon’s streaming service, go90. Two of the film’s original producers, Rupert Harvey and Barry Opper, are back, as well.

The original Critters film — starring Dee Wallace, Billy Green Bush, M. Emmet Walsh, Scott Grimes, and the incomparable Billy Zane — rode in on the success of Joe Dante’s 1984 classic, Gremlins, and told the story of a group of hungry, dangerous, and somewhat adorable space carnivores called Crites, who make tasty and ever-more disgusting meals of the local humans.

 

After the moderate success of the original, three more Critters films were produced from 1988 to 1992, including Critters 3, which featured Leonardo DiCaprio’s film debut (as you can learn about in our handy-dandy vid below).   

According to WBTV’s press release, in this new series, “the critters return to Earth in search of one of their kin, who was left behind years ago during an earlier mission. They land in Burbank, Calif., where they wreak havoc on a group of high schoolers and their families.”

Mmm, Burbank sure has some tasty folks, as Warner Bros. can surely attest to.

Rubin, who also directs, spoke with SYFY WIRE following the TCA panel, and said the new series started as "a darker take that became more campy. Fun but grounded, and true to the genre, so it’s played straight and not spoofing."

He also noted that, "There’s a budget, but ways to shoot for a bigger scale, so not gopher-Caddyshack look. With this budget, the CG doesn’t match up. Rather shoot practically, so it’s realistic and not campy."

No release info is available at the moment, but when it does drop, will you be feasting on Critters: A New Binge?

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