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If you go with the director's vision and have the character just imagine the dreadful creature and instead gets killed by the train, as an example, you end up with just another movie where the fantastical creatures can be plausibly denied by the viewer to actually exist. It usually cheapens a movie's re-watch value in my opinion. Examples being I kill Giants or Mark of the Vampire which could have been a real classic if that twist ending didn't exist. I also recognize that I Kill Giants is a good movie but it won't be thought of as warmly as Never-ending Story years later for example. Birdman is a great movie but I'm not sure how often I'll re-watch it or if I will. If the director had fully gone with the fantastical I'm sure I'd feel like watching it more. I find it disappointing when a director takes the fantasy element out of the story by blaming it on hysterical visions or mental illness. I think the only scenes where I'd appreciate a Blu Ray update were from the insides of Nora's mansion. Just to appreciate the the nice oriental themed furniture from the upstairs and to take a closer look at her tapestries on the staircase. Other then that, I'm pretty happy with the 2009 DVD. Cheryl Pollak made up for it by starting off as the hot chick in Pump Up The Volume then she cuts her hair (I think) to "uglify" herself. She only sucked his finger. Regular PG was fine. Comparing Gremlins, Critters and Ghoulies...Gremlins was extremely original and had great advertising with a focus on the one cutesy character. Parents brought the kids and it made a killing at the box office bringing it into the mainstream. Ghoulies, on the other hand, ran out of money mid production and came out after Gremlins but was able to ride the Gremlins wave and its movie poster depicting the ghoulie coming out of a toilet was a lucky move by the marketing department. It had buzz just from that poster. Two years later there was no Gremlins wave for Critters to ride and frankly the movie posters were poor. With no internet back then posters were way more important. I simply don't remember seeing any commercials for Critters pre-theater or remember any articles in the movie magazines so I wonder if the marketing campaign was lack luster. It made the least amount of money of the three and has never made it to the main stream. How do they hold up? I did a test and asked my co-workers some of whom weren't alive in 1986 and they have only heard of Gremlins. Gremlins is still sort of in the mainstream with kids still watching it and parents watching it with their kids. I recently watched Ghoulies and it doesn't hold up, its still a mess. Critters, however, is still really fun to watch and I know I'll be re-watching it again and again which I can't really say the same for Gremlins. Critters remains a hidden gem just waiting for someone to stumble over it on a steaming site or see it touted in a YouTube top ten video. This was a cult classic in the 80's that surprisingly didn't go mainstream. It had the big boost of Siskel and Ebert giving it two thumbs up but I don't recall seeing it until it went to the video stores and at 13 years old I was a prime candidate to see this in the theatres. Now-a-days this is a forgotten gem waiting to be rediscovered. I wonder which came out first, Critters or Ghoulies. Both had toilet scenes but Ghoulies made a lot of money from it's marketing even though it was a crappy movie. Many of the greatest horror movies ever are exactly like this because they build tension and allow the director to be artistic. If I were you I'd avoid movies like Nosferatu The Vampyre or The Shining and maybe even Jaws and stick with more action oriented jump scare types. Before watching a movie check out the director on IMDB and see if they have filmed any music videos and if so you should be good. Ok I'm trolling a bit. This movie has a half dozen scenes that need to be edited as they were yes, too pretentious, but this movie is far closer to masterpiece then bore fest. Kinski's attacks on Bruno Ganz were by far the two scariest moments in all of vampire filmdom. I thought the music was off for the first section of the film but the depressing chant was perfect for his ascent to the castle but unfortunately it was overused later. There were moments later in the film that it fit well like the original rat scene where it highlighted the vampires power but I thought the soundtrack was hit or miss and not varied enough. Having said that I think it's the 3rd best vampire movie ever, View all replies >