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Critters: A New Binge follows a variety of characters that come under siege from the infamous Crite aliens that return to Earth in search of a friend left behind.

Critters: A New Binge Review

It's quite clear from the reviews I've seen that A New Binge is a divided piece of the Critters franchise. As far as self aware pieces go, this is towards the top, so much so that it feels like it's coming around full circle to being unaware of just how self-aware it is. The ridiculously low budget adds to the charm of a franchise that seems committed to doing more and more with less and less. The piss-poor green screens and subpar acting is balanced only by a commitment to the crite puppetry and goofy writing.

The short runtimes of each episode are a godsend, because it's best to not expose yourself to more than a handful of minutes at a time for fear of going insane from the built-in idiocy. It's hard to bash a show that is so blatantly doing stupidity on purpose, but at the same time, there's a limit.

For the most part, I find it charming. Mostly because I appreciate the serialized shorts approach. I've always been a fan of the Critters films, particularly because of its commitment to animatronics and puppetry, no matter how cheap the budget got. This continues that tradition to a fault, though it isn't afraid to lay down some graphics most kids would learn halfway through high school if they were so inclined.

As it feels like a high school project throughout, I'm willing to grade it as such. And for that, I give it an A. But as far as quality horror, even the low-budget self-aware kind, it is struggling to make a C.

Horror Rating System

Horror Qualifier: 7/10

Horror Quality: 3/10

Film Quality: 2/10

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