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The Critters film series, from New Line Cinema, comprises four movies that combine elements of horror, science fiction, dark fantasy and comedy. The first film, called simply Critters, was released in 1986 and received "two thumbs up" from Siskel and Ebert.

The central focus of the series is on a group of malevolent carnivorous extraterrestrial critters, called Crites, that have the ability to roll into balls, and combine into a Critter ball that causes mayhem and devours anything in their path. Throughout the films they attack humans by biting or attempting to eat them.

Although widely believed to have been made to cash in on the success of the similarly themed Gremlins (Warner Bros.),[1][2][3] director Stephen Herek has refuted this in interviews, pointing out that the first Critters script was written by Domonic Muir long before Gremlins went into production and subsequently underwent rewrites to reduce the apparent similarities between the two films.[4]


Film Director Writer(s) Producer(s)
Critters (1986) Stephen Herek Stephen Herek
Domonic Muir
Don Keith Opper
Rupert Harvey
Critters 2: The Main Course (1988) Mick Garris David Twohy
Mick Garris
Barry Opper
Critters 3 (1991) Kristine Peterson David J. Schow
Rupert Harvey
Barry Opper
Rupert Harvey
Barry Opper
Critters 4 (1992) Rupert Harvey Rupert Harvey
Barry Opper
Joseph Lyle
David J. Schow

See alsoEdit


  1. Roger Ebert (11 April 1986). "Critters". 
  2. Chris McCarron (10 December 2015). "Critters 1-4 Review". 
  3. "DVD Stalk: Asylum, Masters of Horror, Critters, and Region Free Horror Highlights". 
  4. Excerpt from interview with Stephen Herek, Critters UK VHS liner notes (Cinema Club edition)