I got to be honest, I’m kind of a sucker for the “in space” entry of any horror genre. Jason X and Leprechaun 4 our among my favorites in those respective franchises. It took Hellraiser two tries, but they did get it right with Event Horizon. More than most franchises though, Critters is uniquely suited for the space episode, considering that the wee little beasties are aliens in of themselves.
The previous film set us up for this, with the critter eggs being loaded onto an escape capsule that would then float around in space undisturbed, kind of like Buck Rogers. It’s found by a group of salvage people and they run it to a Terran space station which is eerily abandoned. The critters hatch and begin to do their thing while the crewmates squabble.
It’s actually an impressive cast, with the ship being captained by Anders Hove, the vampire from Subspecies, engineered by Brad Dourif of Chucky fame, and piloted by Angela Bassett. The computer voice on the space station also just happens to be hammer horror alumni and bond girl Martine Bestwick.
On the space station, where they’ve been conducting illicit experiments, the critters lay eggs while our heroes attempt to contain and require them. The movie manages to infuse the general fun of critters with the sci-fi genre and general Critters franchise feeling. Filmed back to back with part three it’s not surprising that they are able to maintain a consistent tone. It’s notable to see some of these actors in early roles but ultimately becomes disposable and silly entertainment, but definitely get the extra points for me for being in space!
I think the first time I saw Angela Bassett was in a chick flick while I was on a date in college. I do believe my favorite role for her was really in Strange Days, but I do wish she had gotten a chance to play Amanda Waller longer. How cool to have a picture of her on a Green Lantern red carpet event anyhow?