A B-Movie masterpiece in comparison, Critters (1986) jumped on the Gremlins bandwagon to become a sizeable hit for its time, a little like the hairy furballs depicted in this creature feature, it rolled on and gained momentum, as well as three sequels and a launch pad for one Leonardo DiCaprio. Starring Elliot’s mum and genre favourite, Dee Wallace, it’s the stuff drive-In cinema was made for; cheap, funny, and if my teenage self recollects, pretty darn scary.
While we’re doing the monster mash, let’s take a look at a movie with one of the most iconic VHS rental front covers of all time with Ghoulies (1984). Think Garth Marenghi’s DarkPlace played straight, with a menagerie of hand-in-rubber puppets causing havoc with a load of High School Musical extras. It’s crap, undeniably so, brilliantly so, and like a low-rent version of the Candyman mythology, might make you never want to sit on the toilet again.