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Tag Line : First they destroyed a farm, then they terrorised a town. Now they're ready to do some REAL damage.

Critters 3 Released direct to video here in the UK, the producers decided that there was still more money to be milked from the series yet. A family stop to change a tyre near the town of Grovers Bend, as the two young kids Annie (Aimee Brooks) and John (played alternately by twins Christian and Joseph Cousins) wander off to explore the nearby woods they bump into none-other than Charlie McFadden (Don Opper again), who claims to be hunting Critters and warns them to go back to their vehicle.

With the tyre changed, they head off for home once more. Not realising that they've taken on board a few unwanted hitchhikers (no prizes for guessing what). Arriving back in the city, the Krites quickly go on to take up residence in the basement of their apartment block, where they go on to run amok through the building.

The tenants barricade themselves on the top level and attempt to fend the critters off, but matters are complicated by the arrival of their greedy landlord (William Dennis Hunt) who wants to evict them all, and subsequently shuts off the power and cuts all the telephone lines. With their outlook becoming increasingly bleak, it's down to to Charlie once more to turn up in the nick of time and try and save the day. But will he be too late?

Perhaps not quite as good as the previous 2 films, Critters 3 is nonetheless still an enjoyable third outing for the killer alien fur balls. Terrance Mann briefly reprises his role as Ug, the alien bounty hunter, and look out for a very young Leonardo DeCaprio who turns up as the landlord's stepson Josh.

Overall Marks : 5/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate Tag line "You are what THEY eat".

  • Director Kirsten Peyer also worked on the films "Tremors", "Nightmare on Elm Street 5" and "Exterminator 2".

  • Horror fiction writer and former Fangoria columnist David Schow did the screenplay for the film, his other credits include "The Crow" and "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3".

  • Nina Axelrod, who played Betty, also starred in Motel Hell as Terry.

  • Critters 3 marked the feature film debut of Leonardo Di Caprio, who went on to become a major Hollywood actor following his appearance in the 1997 film "Titanic".

  • William Dennis Hunt, who played Briggs, previously starred in the 1974 sci-fi spoof. "Flesh Gordon" in which he played the chief villain Emperor Wang the Perverted.

  • Interesting geographical error. This film is set in Los Angeles and the family who inadvertently pick up the critter eggs say they've been on vacation seeing the Grand Canyon. However, in the last 2 films, the town of Grover's Bend was set in Kansas, which is not between the Grand Canyon and Los Angeles.

  • The movie was filmed back-to-back with "Critters 4 : Critters in Space".

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