Glenn Kenny
May 20, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Ticks

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Ami Dolenz, Peter Scolari, Seth Green
director
Tony Randel
genre
Horror

We gave it a D-

There used to be an unwritten law in the horror genre against the explicit infliction of pain on children or animals. Well, the children part went out the window a long time ago, and in this charmer, we get to see a nice dog’s awful death throes and the subsequent removal of a giant tick from its stomach. Icky doesn’t begin to describe it. Of course, given Ticks‘ older-than-Gilgamesh kids-at-camp-menaced-by-mutated-creatures plotline, the filmmakers had to come up with something, um, fresh. Not a rental for pet lovers, no way. Not a rental for movie lovers, uh-uh. Not a rental for horror-movie lovers. Not even a rental for people who have relatives in it. Get the idea? D-

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