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Monster Reviews: Critters 2 – Easter Special

Monster Reviews: Critters 2 – Easter Special

When it comes to horror films, nothing quite says Easter like the 1988 sequel, Critters 2. It’s not only a day spent celebrating a creepy giant bunny that lays eggs or the birth of the first zombie, but it’s also a day that represents the genres first legit horror film set on the holiday. However, this is no traditional Easter feast.

When you thought they were dead, the critters are back and hungry for more. It’s been two years since the original events that rocked the small farming town, and the bounty hunters have once again returned to wreak havoc on the critter population. The gun-wielding shapeshifters are on a special intergalactic mission to eradicate the species, and in their own words, “Kill Crites.”

The legendary Mick Garris directs critters 2. The film stars Scott Grimes, Liane Curtis, Terrence Mann, Don Keith Opper, Tom Hodges, Lindsay Parker, Herta Ware, Sam Anderson, Lin Shaye, Roxanne Kernohan, Randy Spears, Barry Corbin, Douglas Rowe, and Cynthia Garris. Mysterious eggs are placed throughout Grover’s Bend as part of towns Annual Easter Egg Hunt, but these eggs come with a hungry price.

With a legendary director and a killer cast, it’s no wonder Critters 2 outperforms the original.In terms of campiness, cool characters, practical effects and arguably the nastiest and toughest creatures to defeat in the horror universe, there’s just no match for the terrifying race of space aliens with insatiable appetites. The kill count outnumbers the original, and the gore is insane. There are some genuinely gorgeous practical effects and some breathtaking scenes involving mangled bodies and torn limbs.

What people don’t realize about the Critters is that in the original there were only eight total Crites,  In the opening sequence from the 1986 cult classic, they say that the Critters have escaped, all 8 of them, and they’ve stolen a spaceship. In part 2 there are hundreds of them and the vermin have continued to multiply, showing no signs of slowing down – as we’ve seen with the latest 2019 Shudder series titled, Critters: A New Binge.

When it comes to monsters, mutants, and boogeymen in horror, the Critters are pretty much at the top of the food chain. I mean it takes intergalactic bounty hunters to track, capture and kill the things after all. They are no slouch and not something you’d never want to ever come across in the dark room. They kill and consume with no impulse control whatsoever. All they do is eat.

Critters 2 is an Easter film you won’t soon forget. It’s full of laughs, gasps and tons of blood. It’s fun, entertaining and downright scary. There’s nothing as mean, ugly or hungry, as the disgusting space raccoons. Not to mention it has one of the catchiest jingles out there.

So, if you’re searching for a film to watch with the family for Easter, this is not it. However, if you’re in the mood for something strange and horrific to help you celebrate, look no further. Critters 2 is the perfect holiday film.

“Pat your tummy and smack your lips, suck for hours on your fingertips. At the Hungry Heifer, we won’t give you a bum steer.”

“And don’t you forget, all of your friendly Hungry Heifer restaurants throughout the Midwest are open on Easter Sunday.”

The MAYHEM FILM FESTIVAL Brings Scares Aplenty To The UK

The MAYHEM FILM FESTIVAL Brings Scares Aplenty To The UK

Are you ready…for absolute MAYHEM? The Mayhem Film Festival descends upon Nottingham, UK, at the Broadway Cinema, October 11 – 14, 2018. Featuring some of the best of horror, sci-fi, and cult classic features and shorts, there’s going to be a wide variety of cinematic genre offerings that should keep everyone happy.

Quite a few of the menu items have been making the rounds at many of the festivals, with some of them even winning awards. You’ll find a few that have been reviewed here and some that are about to be in the very near future, including:

Mayhem Film Festival: Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)Anna and the Apocalypse : A Scottish high-school Christmas zombie musical, this one’s been getting a lot of buzz lately, and MAYHEM will also feature a Q&A with Anna and the Apocalypse’s director John McPhail.

Mayhem Film Festival: The Witch in the Window (2018)The Witch in the Window: Canadian filmmaker Andy Mitton’s follow-up to Yellowbrickroad and We Go On, this supernatural chiller is primed to bring a lot of unhappy relationships together. For those families where someone loves horror movies but hates the PG-13 ones and has yet another finicky watcher who loves horror but ONLY if it’s PG-13, The Witch in the Window is that happy medium where everyone gets what they want. With a minimum of reliance on tired horror tropes and no gore whatsoever, The Witch in the Window specializes more in classic creeps, using the slow-burn technique to come to a heart-warming, yet also heart-breaking finish.

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich continues to advance the beloved cult Full Moon Features franchise, with both fan favorites Udo Kier and Barbara Crampton on board.

Mayhem Film Festival: One Cut of the Dead (2017)One Cut of the Dead: Asian filmmakers have had their American brethren hanging their heads in shame (or they should be) with the way they’ve been managing to freshen up the tired zombie genre, with Korea’s outstanding Train to Busan and the quirky Chinese gut-muncher Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight. Now it’s Japanese co-writer/director Shin’ichiro Ueda’s turn, and if the other two are any indication of what kind of surprises to expect, you probably want to get your tickets to this one ASAP.

Mayhem Film Festival: What Keeps You Alive (2018)What Keeps You Alive: Even if you’re not familiar with Colin Minihan’s name, you’ve probably seen one or both of the films in the Grave Encounters franchise that he launched, or maybe his zombie-apocalypse-hits-Sin-City thriller It Stains the Sands Red. Based on his past work alone, his latest, a remote, woodsy horror drama sounds like another ‘must-see’ to add to your list.

Mayhem Film Festival: Nightmare Cinema (2018)Besides these films, there are also some debuts and other goodies worth noting. Nightmare Cinema is the much-anticipated horror omnibus from genre icon Mick Garris, who gave us the unforgettable Showtime shock-stravaganza Masters of Horror. Directors on-board this time around include Garris himself, Joe Dante, David Slade, and Ryuhei Kitamura (No One Lives, Versus, Midnight Meat Train).

Mayhem Film Festival: Mandy (2018)Mandy, the plenty-talked-about horror-on-acid freakshow starring – appropriately enough – Nicolas Cage – will infiltrate the Festival as well, and hopefully have tongues wagging just as much about its writer/director Panos Cosmatos, who also created the equally trippy Beyond the Black Rainbow.

And if One Cut of the Dead leaves you ravenous for more Japanese horror-goodness, you’re in luck. Making its UK premiere will be Shinsuke Sato’s live-action adaptation of the popular manga Inuyashiki.

And if this wasn’t mind-blowing enough, there’s also going to be a screening of the Lamberto Bava/Dario Argento collaboration from 1985, the crowd-pleasing Demons, and from Finland, The White Reindeer, a rarely-seen supernatural adaptation of a Finnish folk tale, made in 1952 by director Erik Blomberg.

More information about dates, times, the features and shorts, and where to get tickets, can be found at www.mayhemfilmfestival.com.