Movie Review: CRITTERS ATTACK! (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

CRITTERS ATTACK! was directed by Bobby Miller from a screenplay by Scott Lobdell and stars Tashiana Washington, Ava Preston, Jack Fulton, Jaeden Noel, and Dee Wallace. Rupert Harvey and Barry Opper from the original film franchise are on as producers.

Dee Wallace, who starred in the original Critters as Helen Brown, will sink her teeth into the franchise for a second time in the mysterious role of Aunt Dee. Inspired by the film series from the ’80s and ’90s, Critters follows 20-year-old Drea (Tashiana Washington), who reluctantly takes a job babysitting for a professor of a college she hopes to attend. Struggling to entertain the professor’s children Trissy (Ava Preston) and Jake (Jack Fulton), along with her own little brother Phillip (Jaeden Noel), Drea takes them on a hike, unaware that mysterious alien critters have crash-landed and started devouring every living thing they encounter. While being tracked by the ravenous critters, Drea and the kids encounter an adorable, seemingly harmless female critter named Bianca, an exiled royal fleeing the critter race. As the critters converge on the college campus, Drea and the kids, who are now inextricably linked to Bianca, rush to head them off. Will Drea discover her inner badass, and will it be enough to stop the critter onslaught? And is the critter princess as innocent as she seems?

A brand new invasion of Crites wreak havoc on Earth in this fifth installment in the sci-fi horror comedy franchise. These Crites are quickly multiplying and begin to terrorize a college campus so it’s up to Drea, her brother Phillip, and a few of their friends to stop the furry alien invasion and devouring the rest of the community before it’s too late. What they find out is that it’s not going to be an easy task because there’s a lot of Crites and this new batch is extremely mischievous.

What happens is, Drea and the gang spend a lot of their time running from the unwelcome alien invaders but they do learn about some of their weaknesses along the way. These Critters don’t like high pitch sounds but they also don’t like it when Aunt Dee arrives because she’s ready for battle. Aunt Dee is an intergalactic bounty hunter who joins Drea and her friends in their fight against the Critters and they even get a little help from Bianca who’s ready to get a little sweet-ass revenge on the males Crites.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc has a red finish (Blu has a little artwork on it) and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Critters Attack! ended up being a welcome return to this fan favorite franchise that began back in 1986. Last year I had the opportunity to review the Critters Blu-ray set from Scream Factory, which is awesome, and I have to admit that even though it’s been 27 years since we got one of these movies, this fifth installment fits right in with them. The story was fun and Bobby Miller did a really good job bringing it to life on screen. There’s plenty of humot to go along with the sci-fi and horror elements and Miller was able to capture it all. The cast did a great job with their characters and it was great to see Dee Wallace return to the franchise and she’s badass in it. This movie not only features a strong female lead but it returns a legendary actress who’s ready for battle plus there’s also a new female Crite that’s introduced. As far as these Crites go, it’s all old school practical effects just like we like it. We even get to see a few new tricks from the Critters along with the old ones and there’s a lot of splatterific green goop as well. There’s also lots of blood and gore to go along with it all, too. All in all, I had a blast watching Critters Attack!, and even though it’s a major cheesefest, it’s also a fun watch, especially for fans of the franchise.Critters Attack! will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) on July 23rd.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 89 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: English and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and French

Special Features: The extras include three making of featurettes, a scene from the movie that has hilarious commentary with the director and his special guest and there’s a digital copy of the movie.

  • Entineering Gore; Designing Critters featurette (08:02)
  • Critters: An Out-of-this-World Experience featurette (06:58)
  • The Critter Ball featurette (01:55)
  • Scene Specific Commentary with Director Bobby Miller and a Critter (06:00)
  • Digital Copy
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