Critters 4 (1992)

Posted: September 3, 2012 in Movie Review
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Critters 4

Directed By: Rupert Harvey

Starring: Don Keith Opper, Brad Dourif, Angela Bassett, Terrance Mann, Anne Ramsay, Paul Whitthorne, Anders Hove, Eric DaRe

Subgenre: Creature Feature, Science Fiction

Synopsis: The last two Crites in existence are unleashed on an aging space station.

Thoughts: Charlie and the last of the Crite eggs are picked up by an Outer Space salvage crew in the year 2045 in the third (and final?) Critters sequel.  It’s almost become cliché that horror franchises head to space eventually, but the Crites originate from there, so I can’t hold it against them too much.  What I can hold against this movie is its paper-thin budget and bad script.  I was a little surprised to see it was filmed back-to-back with Part 3, because the third installment looks like Oscar material compared to this one.

It’s a shame the script was so bad, because the cast is pretty decent, sporting Brad Douriff and Angela Bassett in one of her earliest roles.  Don Keith Opper also returns as Charlie, as does Charles Mann, taking a more villainous role with the bounty hunter Ugg.  The rest of the cast is pretty much filler.

This was the first of the Critters movies that I had a hard time making it through in one sitting.  It’s pretty boring and doesn’t bring anything new to the series, other than some closure to the story arc, and even that is down in a half-assed manner.  I can’t really recommend Critters 4, but hell, if you’ve made it this far in the franchise, I’m sure you’re going to finish it out anyways.


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