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Bobby Miller’s Critters Attack! honors its meager franchise traditions, and your interpretation of that statement depends on your level of adoration of low-budget puppeteering. My reaction to the Crites’ latest feeding frenzy is similar to my reaction to Phantasm: Ravager: it has minuscule funding, blatant attempts at nostalgia recreation, and purposeful “so bad it’s good” vibes which prove you cannot force cult acclaim.
Then again, as with Ravager, 2019’s fuzzball fury will give Critters guardians precisely what they adore. New fanbase breeds won’t start championing this Gremlins knockoff, but don’t be surprised when familiarized audiences leave satisfied.
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Tashiana Washington stars as sushi delivery girl Drea, who dreams of attending her deceased mother’s alma mater. Plans are put on hold when she’s rejected a second time, but an opportunity arises in the form of a babysitting gig: impress one of the college’s board members, and possibly gain an advantage. Too bad on a night where Drea’s professionally in charge of two children – in addition to her brother Phillip (Jaeden Noel) – Crites start munching on townsfolk. It’s up to Drea to protect her flock, with the help of “mysterious” Aunt Dee (Dee Wallace).
Miller wrote and directed The Cleanse, a self-help movie featuring cutesy practical monsters, so Critters Attack! inked the proper helmer. Miller’s sensibilities allow entertainment with puppets no matter how goofy or slapstick, which leans into Crites shenanigans. Does a showering park ranger scrub himself with a Crite instead of loofah? Does a Crite play bagpipes? Do Crites laugh maniacally while hitching backseat rides? Truthfully, I love these goofball moments. They’re oddball and endearing.
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Alas, for every point, there’s a counterpoint.
Critters Attacks! is barebones creature filmmaking that relies primarily on fluffy blobs rolling around like flesh-hungry bowling balls. Its human performances are largely forgettable, its dialogue distilled from predictable B-movie plots, and...
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