Franchise Week – Critters 3 (1991)

crittersDirector: Kristine Peterson

Writer: David J Schow (Screenplay) Rupert Harvey, Barry Opper (Story)

Starring: Don Keith Opper, Leonardo DiCaprio, Aimee Brooks, Terrence Mann, John Calvin, Katherine Cortez, Geoffrey Blake


Plot: The tiny fur ball aliens that will eat anything or anyone set their sights on a Los Angeles apartment tower.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Funny, but Forgettable Sequel


Story: Critters 3 starts when family Clifford (Calvin) his kids Annie (Brooks) and Johnny are travelling home where they end up in a resting area where they bump into young Josh (DiCaprio) and our old friend Charlie (Opper) still dealing with the Critters and visits from space.

Annie arrives with her family to an apartment building where we meet the traditional character we expect to see in the horror film, a lousy janitor, over caring old couple and strong single woman. Little does Annie know they have bought some Critters with them to terrorise the building. Annie has to team up with Josh whose step-father owns the building and is out to evict everyone from the building, but who will make it out alive?

Critters 3 brings the story to a random apartment building losing all the factors it once had. The loss of settings makes us wonder what happened to leave us here and the lack of bounty hunters from space also makes us think they have just given up caring. Charlie going back to being a drunk also doesn’t help because now we don’t know what caused this. As the basic surviving in the building it works for horror comedy without really testing the audience.


Actor Review


Don Keith Opper: Charlie is now back as a drunk telling stories of the Critters again, no longer a full bounty hunter he just needs a chance to save the day again. Don really isn’t in this outing enough and his character has too many plot holes.

Leonardo DiCaprio: Josh is the step-son of the building owner who bumps into Annie on their travels before ending up trapped in the building fighting the Critters. Leonardo is good in one of his first roles of his career.

Aimee Brooks: Annie is the daughter of Clifford who lives in the building, she is trying to make her father step up and stop mourning the death of her mother while looking after her younger brother. She has to step up to fight back against the Critters once the adults get infected. Aimee makes for a strong lead in a horror which is all you need to be in this genre.

John Calvin: Clifford is the father to Annie and Johnny who is struggling with the loss of his wife which has lead him to fill his life with work. He needs to learn that his kids are important even if it is difficult after losing his wife. John feels like a passenger through this film.

Support Cast: Critters 3 has very generic supporting character that only offer a few jokes or to be disposable characters.

Director Review: Kristine PetersonKristine gives us a basic horror comedy that is filled with plot holes.


Comedy: Critters 3 has a few laughs but not enough to really enjoy for a comedy.

Horror: Critters 3 has a few horror moments but nothing that will stick with you.

Sci-Fi: Critters 3 is meant to be about space creatures but this time we don’t see any of the space angle.

Settings: Critters 3 has a good setting for the genre but one that doesn’t make sense for where the tory has come from.
Special Effects
: Critters 3 has the basic special effects you have come to know for the series of the films.

Suggestion: Critters 3 is one to try, I think DiCaprio fans should come back and see his early work. (Try It)


Best Part: Launching DiCaprio’s career.

Worst Part: Almost forgets where it came from.

Funniest Scene: Critters cry for help.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: 3 of 4

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Gremlins 2


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

Tagline: You Are What _They_ Eat

Trivia: Shot back to back with number 4


Overall: Sequel that is fun but lacks the spark the first two offered us



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