"Critters 3" (1991) image by New Line Cinema.

Warner Brothers television digital studio, Blue Ribbon Content, teams up with Verizon to unleash a new batch of Critters.

Do you remember, back in 1986, eight carnivorous aliens escaping their death by stealing a ship? They land on a mid-western farming town in Kansas. Two bounty hunters are on a search and destroy mission to rid the galaxy of the deadly aliens, known as… Krites, or better known as Critters.

What are Krites?

"Critters" (1986).
“Critters” (1986) image by New Line Cinema.

Krites are carnivorous aliens, with razor-sharp teeth.  The creatures are like porcupines due to their thick quills. Unlike porcupines, the quills on the Krites are poisonous. They can shoot the quills from their bodies and pierce their victim’s skin, causing them to fall asleep.

Porcupines are not the only animals they’re alike. They’re like armadillos and hedgehogs by way of rolling up to protect themselves. Unlike those animals, Krites can roll, like a bowling ball, for a fast escape.

Krites are an egg-laying species, and once hatched, they can grow at different rates. Some can grow as big as a two-story building, while others are a few feet tall.

Bounty Hunters

Bounty Hunters
“Critters” (1986). Shape-shifting bounty hunters. Image by New Line Cinema.

The bounty hunters are a strong species of aliens who can shape-shift into other life forms. Some bounty hunters are content into shape-shifting to one look and holding it. Others may shape-shift many times throughout the hunt. Bounty hunters can be trigger-happy and will shoot at anything on site that startles them.

The Movie

"Critters" Films
“Critters,” “Critters 2,” “Critters 3,” and “Critters 4″, images by New Line Cinema. “Critters: Bounty Hunter,” image by Ralf Krause of Falcon White. The college created by T.L. Hicks using Canva.

The first Critters movie was by New Line in Cinema in April 1986. The movie brought in a domestic total of $13,167,232.00. Many people believe the movie is a rip off of Gremlins (1984). But, per IMDb, Stephen Herek wrote the screenplay and sold it before Gremlins was even announced.

The movie spawned three more movies, with the third one starring Leonardo DiCaprio. And a short film by Jordan Downey. Now, a series is on its way.

The Series Critters adaptation

"Critters: The New Binge"
“Critters: The New Binge.” Image by Warner Brothers.

The continuing story is thanks to Warner Brothers and Verizon. The series will be on Verizon’s streaming service, Go 90. Jordan Rubin, Jon Kaplan, and Al Kaplan will write and produce the series. Jordan Rubin will direct it. Rupert Harvey and Barry Opper, from the original Critters, are on board as producers. The series begins production this year.


The critters return to Earth in search of one of their kin, who was left behind, years ago, during an earlier mission. They land in Burbank, California, where they wreak havoc on a group of high school students and their families.

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