Horror / Sci-Fi
Horror / Sci-Fi
Just before bounty hunter Charile triggers his gun to destroy the last two Critter-eggs, he gets a message that it would be illegal to extinguish the race from the galaxy. He's sent a transporter where he puts the eggs - unfortunately the transporter takes him with it and then gets lost in space. After 53 deep-frozen years, he's found by a private wreckage collector team under the unscrupulous Rick. On behalf of the mighty company Terracor they bring him to an empty space station - but Rick is curious and opens the box... so Charlie has work again, to keep the Critters from eating everybody.
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Could've Been Better!
Don Opper, Brad Dourif, Angela Bassett and Terrence Mann star in this 1992 sci-fi/horror sequel. A bounty hunter helps space salvagers battle more hungry aliens. This sequel picks up where the previous film ended with bounty hunter, Charlie (Opper) finding 2 last Critter eggs. He gets a message from bounty hunter friend, Ug (Mann) instructing him to put the eggs in a pod to launch into space. Charlie does, but accidentally gets locked in and is cryogenically frozen with the eggs floating in space. After 53 years, The pod is found by a team of salvagers and they get a message from Counciler Tetra/Ug who thanks them for finding it and tells them to dock at one of his company's stations where they will be rewarded. He tells them not to interfere with the pod which gets opened with Charlie and the eggs getting thawed. After 2 members are killed, Charlie learns it's the future and helps the remaining members, Albert (Dourif), Ethan (Paul Witthorne) and Fran (Bassett) fight against more hungry aliens. Soon, Charlie and the others meet Tetra/Ug who's corrupt and wants the eggs. Charlie learns that Ug has changed and the film ends in a climatic showdown. This final installment could've been better and the main thing I didn't like was that Ug was bad. Brad is great as usual and probably one of the only good things about the film. I still recommend this if you're a Critters fan.
During my childhood time I have seen the first three "Critters" movies and enjoyed 'em.They were fun and entertaining horror comedies perfect for adventurous horror loving kids.I have never seen "Critters 4",so I finally decided to check it out.My verdict:forgettable and pretty bad flick with strikingly low body count.The script by Joseph Lyle and David J. Schow is both predictable & clichéd,the plot rips off "Alien" and "Star Wars" and the sets look bland and murky.The tone of the film appears to be deadly serious throughout making it slow and dull."Critters 4" was apparently so low budget that the filmmakers couldn't afford any optical effects;the ones taken from "Android" look seriously dated.4 out of 10.One to avoid.
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Terrible cheesy sequel!
What I like about the movie is that the Critters are back in this supercharged sci-fi space adventure! But these are no ordinary Critters they've a super strain of genetically engineered mutants designed to take over the universe. This time they've hungry to conquer the galaxy, with an appetite for mankind that's out of this world. There are scenes where a malfunctioning computer traps a character in an elevator, characters are nearly jettisoned into space from a garbage disposal, malfunctioning doors force characters to climb through access panels, there's an attempted rape from a drunken ship captain, the lingering threat of a nuclear core meltdown
even the climax of the film fails to account for the Critters, as the big moment is a standoff between Charlie and Ug.
And can you believe how many "good" actors have appeared throughout the Critters franchise? Everything from popular voice actors (Scott Grimes) to scream queens (Dee Wallace) to niche personalities (Eddie Deezen) to Broadway superstars (Terrance Mann) to talented character actors (Brad Dourif) to motherfucking Leonardo DiCaprio. And that's not even getting to Billy Zane, M. Emmet Walsh or Angela Bassett, all of whom have offered celebrated performances in their time. And even the actors who didn't go on to become big names are all highly competent; there really isn't a performance in any of these movies that made me want to pull my hair out. Call it an act of providence, but the Critters series is more than solidly cast from beginning to end and that's.. that's just phenomenal, considering the material we're discussing.
Anyhow, Critters 4 had the resources to be a good Critters movie, but it didn't want to be a Critters movie, so it wound up just sort of amounting to nothing. There are good moments sprinkled about the film and I enjoyed the stuff with Charlie and Ug, but most of it is just boring and frustrating.
Overall rating: 4 out of 10.