is a film series featuring a group of deadly little furry aliens with several rows of teeth known as "Crites". The first film, directed by Stephen Herek, was released in 1986. In it, the title creatures terrorize a farm, with a pair of alien bounty hunters on their trail. It Starred a young Scott Grimes; also starring: Dee Wallace-Stone, M. Emmet Walsh, Ethan Phillips
, Billy Zane, Don Keith Opper, and Terrance Mann. The latter two would appear in all of the films.
The second film was released in 1988, featuring the return of Scott Grimes as Bradley Brown (the main character from the first film). The terror starts when the creature's eggs are mistaken for Easter eggs; they quickly multiply after they hatch.
The third film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio
in his film debut, begins when a family who has recently lost their mother move into an apartment, followed by the title creatures after hitching a ride in their truck.
The final film takes place many years later in space, where they try to wipe out the remaining species of Crites.
The series is often compared to the Gremlins
series despite the script for the film having been before the film was released.
This film series provides examples of the following tropes: