This may not be the best written and directed film in the franchise, but at least the creators were wise enough to go back to the basics. In the case of Critters Attack!, a return to sources involves Dee Wallace playing the same character she played in the original film. Sadly, the rest of the family couldn’t make it. The cast isn’t particularly charismatic, in fact.
It’s hard to care for the characters, because they’re used for a laugh. Half of them won’t make it to the second half. Critters Attack! is a slasher, first and foremost, but it’s more than that. It does rehash moments of previous films, but it also goes places you wouldn’t expect, going as far as introducing a new creature, therefore expanding the Critters mythos.
So, an important question remains: how’s the puppetry? Well, the Crites use their hands too much, but, otherwise, they look as good as they always did. If you’ve never seen one of these films, you can start here. Just know that there are better installments down the road. The film’s biggest problem is its direction. It’s impersonal. It’s not dynamic. It’s stale. Great third act, though!