Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Critters are Back

Critters 2: The Main Course 1988
Director: Mick Garris
Writers: Mick Garris and David Twohy
Starring Scott Grimes, Don Opper, Barry Corbin, Terence Mann, Lin Shaye and Roxanne Kernohan

Sequel work best when they double the stakes and give the viewer something even more grandiose than the first film. Critters 2: The Main Course does this extremely well, I had not viewed this one since I first saw it as a kid in the 80's and the only thing I remembered was the one bounty hunter turning into a playmate, that did leave quite an impression on my mind. But after rewatching the film, there are a lot of things that are great about it minus the cheesecake factor. It has a great story with some even better creature effects by the Chiodo brothers and a great performance by Barry Corbin as Harve, more than ably replacing M. Emmett Walsh from the first film. It is just a fun film to watch, period.
The plot basics are this, Brad (grimes is coming back to Grover's Bend to visit his grandma. It has been 2 years since the first infestation of the Critters and Brad and his family have moved to Kansas City to get away from the memories.. Someone has found a batch of Critters eggs and sells them to a flea market owner and he in turn sells them to Brad's Grandmother and the church for an upcoming Easter egg hunt. They begun to hatch and start wreaking havoc in the town starting with killing the town sheriff in a Easter Bunny costume. The bounty hunters come back along with Charlie (Opper), who has been working with them the last few years. Soon they star killing the Critters but, the infestation is much worse and they soon overrun the town and the whole town lays up, hiding in the church, until Harve (Corbin) shows up to lead the battle. It all leads to an explosive climax.
This film is even better than the first one. It is really helped by the able direction of Garris, who would soon be come to known as one of the premiere King adapters. The script by Twohy and Garris, is funny and action packed. Especially love the scene where Lee almost morphs into Freddy Krueger. The cast is great, Grimes is good and I love Corbin, who plays Harve in a almost like John Wayne capacity. And of course Roxanne Kernohan as Lee is very easy on the eyes. The effects by the Chiodo brothers is even better than the first one. This film I highly recommend for people who like science fiction horror hybrids.
This one gets 5 out of 5

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