Critters 2: The Main Course

Critters 2:
The Main Course

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mick Garris
Produced by Barry Opper
Written by
Music by Nicholas Pike
Cinematography Russell Carpenter
Edited by Charles Bornstein
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release dates
  • April 29, 1988 (1988-04-29)
Running time
85 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $4 million[2]
Box office $3.8 million (US)[3]

Critters 2: The Main Course (also known simply as Critters 2) is a 1988 American science fiction comedy horror film starring Terrence Mann, Don Keith Opper, and Scott Grimes. It was directed by Mick Garris in his directorial debut and written by David Twohy and Garris. It is the second film in the Critters series and the sequel to the 1986 film Critters.


The film starts out in space on a desolate planet where human Charlie McFadden and the shapeshifting bounty hunters Ug and Lee are searching for a vicious, worm-like creature. After successfully killing the beast, they depart the planet. Soon afterwards, they receive a new assignment by Zanti, head of the High Council. He tells them that Critters are still on Earth and must be destroyed. With that, they set a course for Earth. Noticing Charlie brooding, Ug inquires what's wrong. Charlie states his reluctance to going back after two years and asks, concerned, whether they would leave him there. Ug reassures him they had no such intentions.

Back on Earth, Brad Brown is visiting his grandmother in Grover's Bend and word gets around the town fast implying he became well known after the events of the first film. Shortly after the bounty hunters arrive, the Critters eat a man's (dressed as an Easter bunny) stomach out. No one believes it was the Critters, thinking it was a farming accident until the Critters begin to terrorize the town. They begin to grow in large numbers. Lee, is killed and devoured by the Critters, causing Ug to slip into a deep depression and revert to his alien form. The remaining people of the town devise a plot.

They lead the Critters to a burger shop in an attempt to blow them up but fail. The Critters then come together into a large ball and begin heading to the church (rolling over a man, killing him). Just before they reach the church, Charlie flies directly into them with Ug's spaceship, seemingly destroying the Critters and sacrificing himself. Ug then takes on Charlie's facial feature in honor of his bravery. It is later revealed the next day as Brad begins to depart that Charlie survived by using a parachute and stays on Earth, becoming sheriff of the town. Ug departs in a new spacecraft, still wearing the guise of Charlie.



Garris got the chance to direct after having worked for Steven Spielberg on the television series Amazing Stories as a screenwriter. The film was shot in Santa Clarita outside Los Angeles.[2]


The film was released theatrically in the United States by New Line Cinema in April 1988. It grossed $3,813,293 at the box office.[3] it was the last film in the series to be released theatrically.

The film was released on VHS and laserdisc by New Line Home Video later the same year.

In 2003, New Line Home Entertainment released the film on DVD. The film was re-released in a set containing all 4 Critters films on DVD by Warner Bros. in 2010.

Critical Response

On Rotten Tomatoes based on 9 reviews, only 33% of critics gave the film a positive review. Roger Ebert gave the film 1 out of 4 stars.


Critters 2: The Main Course was followed by Critters 3 and Critters 4, directed by Kristine Peterson and Rupert Harvey, respectively. Critters 4 used outer space scenes from this film, as well as from Android.


In an episode of The Simpsons, Homer attempts to beat a world record by gathering everyone in Springfield and making them stand on each other. They then form a ball which rolls down town, and one man who is too slow to get away from the ball is run over.


  1. "Critters 2 (15)". British Board of Film Classification. September 2, 1988. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  2. 1 2 Critters 2: The Main Course at Trailers from Hell
  3. 1 2 "Critters 2: The Main Course". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 30, 2016.

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