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Corey Burton, who voices the Critters, also came up with their language, which he described in interviews as combining elements of French and Japanese.
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Terrence Mann performs the song "Power of the Night" as Johnny Steele especially for this movie.
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Although promoted as New Line's answer to Gremlins (1984), the screenplay had been written and bought before Gremlins was announced. Herek had based the screenplay on a nightmare he experienced as a child long before Gremlins was even conceived.
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The Critter emerging from the toilet is likely an homage to Ghoulies (1985), a similarly-themed movie that used small monsters coming out of the toilet as their marketing strategy to promote the film.
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Charles Chiodo based the design of the crites on the Looney Tunes character Taz the Tasmanian Devil.
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There is an E.T. (1982) doll in Brad's room. Dee Wallace (Helen) starred in E.T., again playing the mother of a boy who comes in contact with aliens.
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This is the only Critters movie where one of them grows to human size. The other movies don't seem to show them grow much from eating.
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The logo on the back of the bowling uniforms is a parody of the iconic Ghostbusters (1984) emblem. The colors of the uniform match the colors of Egon Spengler's uniform in The Real Ghostbusters animated series.
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When the Critters are destroying the bedroom, one comes across an E.T. Extraterrestrial (1982) vinyl plush toy and devours it. This adds to the satire of the film, referencing and homaging Hollywood's monster boom with films like "Gremlins" (1984), "Ghostbusters" (1984), and "Ghoulies" (1985).
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Don Opper and Terrence Mann are the only actors to appear in all four Critters films. Their characters, Charlie McFadden and Ug, respectively, appear in all four Critters movies.
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'Grovers Bend' the town where most of Critters takes place, is a nod to the infamous 1938 radio broadcast of 'War of the Worlds' by Orson Wells. The broadcast reported Aliens were landing in 'Grovers Mill' and was performed so well that thousands of listeners believed the fake news report was true. Residents in the area panicked and mistaking a water tower for a UFO they shot it to pieces. The broadcast is about aliens landing in a space craft and then attacking humankind, just like the plot in Critters.
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This is the second movie (the other being E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial ) with Dee Wallace in which her on-screen son heats up an oral thermometer in order to appear sick to avoid going to school. In E.T. she is fooled, but doesn't buy it at all second time around in Critters .
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6 of the actors that starred in Critters, also starred in the same T.V. show, although it was in different episodes. Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh, Scott Grimes, Ethan Phillips, Lin Shaye & Roger Hampton all had starring roles on the revival of The Twilight Zone T.V. show that ran from 1985-1989.
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Scott Grimes & Ethan Phillips would both go on to star in episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
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The later science fiction film Alienator (1990) has a similar plot to Critters (1986): In that film, an android assassin called The Alienator goes to Earth to hunt down an alien criminal who has escaped from a prison planet.
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Body count: a cow, 2 humans and several chickens.
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There are only 2 deaths on-screen, all other characters are simply just 'harmed'.
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There are a total of five (5) poison spikes shot from the Critters.
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