In a strange way there’s something comforting about the Critters series for Movies In Focus. I remember watching the films with my family way back when, enjoying the mixture of sci-fi, comedy and horror. They were great Saturday night films which riffed on Gremlins and E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial. Therefore I was pretty thrilled when I received an email from Bobby Miller, the director of the franchise reboot, Critters Attack!
The film, written by Scott Lobdell (Happy Death Day) hits Blu-Ray/DVD & Digital on July 23, before premiereing on the Sy Fy Channel in October 2019
Check out the trailer:
Here’s the synopsis from Bloody Disgusting:
Dee Wallace (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), 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 Attack! 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?