Critters 2: The Main Course

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Critters 2:
The Main Course
Critters two.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMick Garris
Produced byBarry Opper
Written by
Starring
Music byNicholas Pike
CinematographyRussell Carpenter
Edited byCharles Bornstein
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release date
  • April 29, 1988 (1988-04-29)
Running time
85 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$4 million[2]
Box office$3.8 million (US)[3]

Critters 2: The Main Course (also known as Critters 2) is a 1988 American science fiction comedy horror film directed by Mick Garris in his directorial debut, and the second installment in the Critters series. A direct sequel to Critters, the film was written by David Twohy and Garris, and stars Terrence Mann, Don Keith Opper and Scott Grimes in their reprising roles. The plot takes place two years after the first film, as a batch of planted Critter eggs begin to hatch and resume their carnivorous appetite upon the town once again.

Although it did not gross as much as the original, the sequel grossed $3.8 million during its theatrical run in the United States. It is the last installment in the series to be released theatrically, and is followed by Critters 3 in 1991.

Plot[edit]

Out in space on a desolate planet, the shape-shifting bounty hunters Ug and Lee and their human companion Charlie McFadden search for a vicious, worm-like creature. After killing the beast, they depart the planet. Soon afterwards, they receive a new assignment by Zanti, head of the High Council. He tells them that Critters are still on Earth and must be destroyed. With that, they set a course for Earth. Noticing Charlie brooding, Ug inquires what is wrong. Charlie states his reluctance to going back after two years and asks, concerned, whether they would leave him there. Ug assures him they have no such intentions.

Back on Earth, Brad Brown is visiting his grandmother in Grover's Bend, and word gets around the town fast, implying he became well known after the events of the first film. Shortly after the bounty hunters arrive, the Critters attack a man dressed as an Easter bunny, killing him. No one is aware that it was the Critters who attacked him, as his death is attributed to a farming accident. Eventually the Critters make themselves known when they begin terrorizing the town, growing in large numbers. Lee is killed and devoured by the Critters, causing Ug to slip into a deep depression and revert to his alien form.

The remaining people of the town devise a plot. With Ug polymorphed into a Critter, they lead the Critters to a burger shop in an attempt to blow them up, but fail. The Critters re-emerge, joined together into a large ball, and begin heading to the church. Just before they reach it, Charlie flies directly into them with Ug's spaceship, destroying the Critters and seemingly sacrificing himself. Ug subsequently takes on Charlie's facial features in honor of his bravery. The next day, as Brad departs, it is revealed that Charlie survived by using a parachute. He stays on Earth, becoming sheriff of the town. Ug departs in a new spacecraft, still wearing the guise of Charlie.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Garris got the chance to direct after having worked for Steven Spielberg on the television series Amazing Stories as a screenwriter. The film was shot in Santa Clarita outside Los Angeles.[2]

Release[edit]

The film was released theatrically in the United States by New Line Cinema in April 1988. It grossed $3.8 million at the box office[3] and was the last film in the series to be released theatrically.

The film was released on VHS and laserdisc by New Line Home Video later the same year. In 2003, New Line Home Entertainment released the film on DVD. The film was re-released in a set containing all four Critters films on DVD by Warner Bros. in 2010.

On July 20, 2018, it was officially announced that all four films will receive their first-ever Blu-ray release. Scream Factory, a subsidiary of Shout! Factory will release the films as part of "The Critters Collection". The set will be available from November 27, 2018.[4]

Reception[edit]

Rotten Tomatoes reports that 33% of nine surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating is 4.1/10.[5] Film critic Roger Ebert gave the film 1 out of 4 stars, writing, "It lacks all of the style and sense of fun of the original Critters (1986) and has no reason for existence".[6]

Sequels[edit]

Critters 2: The Main Course was followed by Critters 3 and Critters 4, directed by Kristine Peterson and Rupert Harvey, respectively.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Critters 2 (15)". British Board of Film Classification. September 2, 1988. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Critters 2: The Main Course at Trailers from Hell
  3. ^ a b "Critters 2: The Main Course". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  4. ^ "Shout Factory: Fourteen New Titles Coming Soon to Blu-ray". Blu-ray.com. 20 July 2018. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Critters 2: The Main Course (1988)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  6. ^ Ebert, Roger (April 29, 1988). "Critters 2: The Main Course". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved May 13, 2017 – via RogerEbert.com.

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