The 1980s and 90s comedy horror franchise Critters will return in the coming months as Critters: A New Binge, a part of Warner Bros. Television and Verizon’s partnership via the studio’s Blue Ribbon Content digital initiative.
The film series, which began in 1986, centered on dangerous aliens known as Krites and shape-shifting alien bounty hunters in close pursuit of the escaped monsters. In each film, they harassed an unassuming Earth family in both gruesome and comical ways. The first Critters film, co-written and directed by Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure‘s Stephen Herek, featured appearances by actors like Dee Wallace and Scott Grimes. Subsequent films featured early screen roles for Leonardo DiCaprio and Angela Bassett.
The new series will see 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, Calif., where they wreak havoc on a group of high schoolers and their families. Critters: A New Binge is written and executive produced by Jordan Rubin, Jon Kaplan and Al Kaplan. Rubin also directs. Rupert Harvey and Barry Opper, from the original Critters film franchise, are producers. The series is produced by Abominable Pictures in association with Blue Ribbon Content for Verizon.