Critters 2: The Main Course (1988)

Posted: August 26, 2012 in Movie Review
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Critters 2

Directed By: Mick Garris

Starring: Scott Grimes, Don Keith Opper, Terrance Mann, Roxanne Kernohan, Liane Curtis, Barry Corbin, Lin Shaye

Subgenre: Creature Feature, Science Fiction

Synopsis: Brad returns to his home town only to discover that the Critters are back and as hungry as ever.

Thoughts: It didn’t take long for New Line to green light a sequel to Critters, and Critters 2 debuted two years after the first movie.  The story follows shortly after the first movie with Brad returning to the hometown that was the feeding ground for the Crites. 

The cast doesn’t carry the same weight as the first movie, but there are some familiar faces.  Scott Grines reprises his role as Brad, which is a good thing.  I’m not a big fan of different actors playing the same role like Phantasm II did.  Don Keith Opper comes back as Charlie as well, which isn’t surprising seeing as how he was involved in the creative process of the first movie.

While there are not any big name additions to the cast, Director Mick Garris is definitely a heavy weight in the horror industry.  He’s got several Stephen King adaptations on his resume and is the man responsible for Masters of Horror.  Critters 2 was his 2nd movie and I thought he did a good job keeping the story moving.

Of course the real stars of this franchise are the rolling balls of fury, the Crites.  I think they actually look a little better in the sequel and we also get to see the giant “Critter ball.”  I would love to get my hands on a Critters replica, or better yet, a screen used prop.  I’m not sure I have ever seen a decent replica, but if anyone has, let me know.

Critters 2 is really a continuation of the first movie, not only with the storyline, but in the quality.  It makes for a great double feature and if you like the first movie, you’ll like the second. 

  1. This is the only one of these movies that I have seen, and that was some time ago. I remember liking it at the time.

  2. shnsjolin says:

    It had been a long time for me as well. My “memories” actually combined the first two movies. I had remembered the giant “Critter ball” as happening in the first movie.

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