The trailer for Critters: A New Binge is here. The iconic horror franchise has been dormant for nearly three decades but that all changes now as Shudder is bringing back the murderous little space creatures in a brand new series. The best part? Horror lovers don't even have to wait very long, as the first-ever series set within the franchise arrives on Thursday, March 21.
This trailer looks like it has absolutely everything one could want from a Critters revival. There are plenty of practical creature effects, a ridiculously high body count, cheeseball dialogue, space bounty hunters and yes, a giant Critter ball made up of hundreds of these violent little intergalactic fuzzballs. What more could one ask for? Peter Girardi, executive vice president, Alternative Programming at Warner Bros. Animation, had this to say about the series.
"It's been more than 30 years since the Critters first landed on the big screen, and we're incredibly proud to bring this cult classic franchise back to fans. Shudder is the perfect platform for this fun, scary new take on everyone's favorite, furry extraterrestrial threat. We are committed to delivering Shudder members the best horror content available and this time we are also bringing the laughs."
Originally, this series was being produced for a different platform Verizon's Go90 streaming service, and it became unclear if it would ever find a new home once that fell through. Luckily, Shudder, the horror-themed streaming service owned by AMC, stepped in and, out of nowhere, they dropped this trailer on us. The series will consist of eight short-form episodes. The cast includes. Joey Morgan, (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse), Stephi Chin-Salvo, (iZombie), Bzhaun Rhoden, (Van Helsing), Kirsten Robek, (The Edge of Seventeen), Gilbert Gottfried (Aladdin) and Thomas Lennon (Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich).
Critters: A New Binge centers on the creatures who are being pursued by intergalactic bounty hunters. They return to Earth on a secret mission and encounter highschooler Christopher, his best friend Charlie, his crush Dana and his mom Veronica. Their past will come back to bite them and once the aliens are let loose, it's a matter of who survives and who gets eaten. To go along with the trailer, a new poster has also been released, which looks like it would be right at home on the cover of a VHS box at Blockbuster.
Jordan Rubin is in the director's chair, working from a script he wrote with Jon Kaplan and Al Kaplan. The trio previously worked on the horror/comedy Zombeavers. This actually isn't the only Critters project in the works. It was revealed last year that SyFy had gained the rights to the franchise and is currently working on producing a new movie. The original movie was released in 1986 and spawned three sequels, with the final entry, Critters 4, arriving in 1992. Be sure to check out the new trailer from the Shudder YouTube channel below.