After Critters, it was only a matter of time before a second film would appear and when it premiered in 1988, it found the same slightly adorable, slightly horrific little creatures causing havoc once again. Blending science-fiction, horror and comedy, the movie would do so successfully and could almost be called a family film if not for the bloody corpses left behind by the extraterrestrial monsters.
After finding a formula that worked with the first movie, the makers of this second film would stick with it and some of the cast members that appeared in the first feature returned to reprise their roles including Scott Grimes as the lead, Terrence Mann and Don Keith Opper. As for the story, it would pick up a couple of years later, the town of Grover’s Bend having put the tale of the alien monsters behind them with Brad and his family having moved away. Returning to visit his grandmother, it would not be long before Brad would run headlong into the little creatures that essentially ruined his life and now once again, he is joined by the alien bounty hunters along with his friend Charlie. For the most part, the film does nothing new, simply revisiting familiar territory already mapped out in the first movie, but there would be a few instances where director Stephen Herek would throw in a little something new when it came to the Critters to keep it interesting, such as how they would end up working together in tandem for self-preservation.
One of the better things to come out of the sequel was seeing the violence and carnage being somewhat more intense, one memorable scene involving the town Sherif dressed up as the Easter Bunny. The humour is on point, both cheesy and subtle at times and the script by David Twohy and Mick Garris is solid. Liane Alexandra Curtis stars alongside the aforementioned trio, as does scream queen Roxanne Kernohan who plays one of the bounty hunters. The only downside is that while the film was a genre blend, it was the horror side of things that was the weakest of the bunch and even with the amount of bloodshed and killing present; it failed to scare as the comedy overrode anything else.
Some sequels fail to capitalise on the original film’s success, but Critters 2 does so and essentially continues right where it left off. It is crazy and funny and packed full of action, but more than anything, these Tribbles turned killing machines are a lot of fun and the movie is pure entertainment from start to finish.
4 out of 5