Last week I wrote a piece on Leonardo DiCaprio and the atrocity that was Critters 3. At the time I mentioned that I didn’t think I had seen Critters 4, and that I would likely to be checking it out soon. I’m still debating taking that route and spending 90 minutes of my life on the film but, based on the trailer, I’m inching closer.
For one, this looks like this has something approximating decent production value (I mean, it still looks cheap as hell – but not quite as bargain basement as Critters 3). It’s sort of odd that Rupert Harvey shot this film back to back with Kristine Peterson’s third installment, given that it looks like it cost about ten times more money. Then again, Harvey wrote and produced Critters 3, so maybe he intentionally saved the scale of story and financial resources for his installment.
I really like how Brad Dourif’s character at least seems to be multi-faceted and pragmatic, it’s rare that he gets to play a lot other than the straight villain in horror films like this. It’s also worth noting that there’s a very young Angela Bassett in here as well. Primarily though – how strange is it that in a landscape littered with franchises that have gone to space, Critters seems to be among the first to go there. Leprechaun and Hellraiser both went four years letter in 1996, and Jason X didn’t hit until 2002 (though to be fair it was completed way before that).
What do you guys think? Should I actually watch this? Live-tweet maybe?