They Attack From Below

by Mighty_Emperor | created - 15 Feb 2012 | updated - 30 May 2016 | Public

My subterranean horror list mainly focused on caves, tunnels, sewers, mines, etc. but there are related films in which monsters pounce on their victims by tunnelling or burrowing up beneath them. So here is that list.

Further reading: Fearnet's guide to underground horror also includes these films, which partly prompted this spin off - after all I do like the Tremors films, so I might as well try and group together as many similar films as possible.

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1. Tremors (1990)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Horror

7.1
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65 Metascore

Natives of a small isolated town defend themselves against strange underground creatures which are killing them one by one.

Director: Ron Underwood | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross

Votes: 99,885 | Gross: $16.67M

Here to provide a thumbnail graphic, the list starts below:

2. Invaders from Mars (1953)

Approved | 78 min | Sci-Fi

6.5
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A young boy learns that space aliens are taking over the minds of earthlings.

Director: William Cameron Menzies | Stars: Helena Carter, Arthur Franz, Jimmy Hunt, Leif Erickson

Votes: 5,877

3. X the Unknown (1956)

Approved | 81 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.2
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A radioactive, mud-like creature terrorizes a Scottish village.

Directors: Leslie Norman, Joseph Losey | Stars: Dean Jagger, Edward Chapman, Leo McKern, Anthony Newley

Votes: 2,136

4. Squirm (1976)

R | 92 min | Horror

4.6
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A storm causes some power lines to break and touch the ground, drawing millions of man-eating worms out of the earth, and into town where they quickly start munching on the locals.

Director: Jeff Lieberman | Stars: Don Scardino, Patricia Pearcy, R.A. Dow, Jean Sullivan

Votes: 4,392

5. Blood Beach (1980)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

4.3
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Something or someone is attacking people one by one on the beach. Some of them are mutilated, but most of them are sucked into the sand, disappearing without a trace. What is the creature ... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Bloom | Stars: David Huffman, Marianna Hill, Burt Young, Otis Young

Votes: 1,738

6. The Pit (1981)

R | 96 min | Horror, Mystery

5.9
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A solitary and strange preteen boy wreaks revenge on his harassers when he makes a disturbing discovery in the depth of a forest.

Director: Lew Lehman | Stars: Sammy Snyders, Jeannie Elias, Sonja Smits, Laura Hollingsworth

Votes: 1,735

7. The Gate (1987)

PG-13 | 85 min | Fantasy, Horror

6.0
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Kids, left home alone, accidentally unleashes a horde of malevolent, pint-sized demons from a mysterious hole in their suburban backyard.

Director: Tibor Takács | Stars: Stephen Dorff, Christa Denton, Louis Tripp, Kelly Rowan

Votes: 11,712 | Gross: $13.54M

8. Curse of the Blue Lights (1988)

R | 104 min | Horror

3.8
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A group of teenagers battle a horde of zombies and evil creatures that live underneath a graveyard.

Director: John Henry Johnson | Stars: Brent Ritter, Bettina Julius, Clayton A. McCaw, Patrick Keller

Votes: 164

9. Tremors (1990)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Horror

7.1
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65 Metascore

Natives of a small isolated town defend themselves against strange underground creatures which are killing them one by one.

Director: Ron Underwood | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross

Votes: 99,885 | Gross: $16.67M

10. Tremors II: Aftershocks (1996 Video)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

5.9
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Battling a life depression, Earl Bassett is offered a job as a mercenary to help a Mexican oil company with a Graboid epidemic that's killing more people each day. However, the humans aren't the only ones with a new battle plan..

Director: S.S. Wilson | Stars: Fred Ward, Chris Gartin, Helen Shaver, Michael Gross

Votes: 21,320

11. Tremors 3: Back to Perfection (2001 Video)

PG | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

5.4
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The now famous Burt Gummer returns to his hometown of Perfection, Nevada for the first time in years, but the deadliest Graboid evolution yet forces him to save the town he swore to protect.

Director: Brent Maddock | Stars: Michael Gross, Shawn Christian, Susan Chuang, Charlotte Stewart

Votes: 13,117

12. Inhabited (2003 Video)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

4.4
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A family dismisses their daughter's claims of "fairies" living in the playhouse in their new home's backyard, until they discover another girl described the same beings in their home, decades before.

Director: Kelly Sandefur | Stars: Megan Gallagher, Eric Lutes, Sofia Vassilieva, Greg Cipes

Votes: 586

13. Tremors (2003– )

60 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

6.7
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Perfection Valley, Nevada is a quaint little town. The inhabitants live peaceful, tranquil lives. Most of the time. Perfection is home to the Graboid, El Blanco. El Blanco is a thirty-foot ... See full summary »

Stars: Victor Browne, Gladise Jiminez, Marcia Strassman, Lela Lee

Votes: 2,085

14. Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (2004 Video)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

5.3
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A prequel to Tremors (1990), this movie tells us about how the town of Perfection, Nevada became founded and how they defended it against the Graboids with the help of Burt Gummer's ancestor, Hiram.

Director: S.S. Wilson | Stars: Michael Gross, Sara Botsford, Billy Drago, Brent Roam

Votes: 9,334

15. Resonnances (2006)

Not Rated | 83 min | Sci-Fi

4.9
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A fun trip turns upside down when 3 guys and 3 girls enjoying themselves in the countryside become the perfect prey to a prison escapee who's out for blood.

Director: Philippe Robert | Stars: Johanna Andraos, Marjorie Dubesset, Vincent Lecompte, Sophie Michard

Votes: 66

16. Something Beneath (2007 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Sci-Fi

3.7
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Just under your feet lurks an evil so deadly, so intelligent, it's scary. The attendees of an ecological summit are about to discover a bigger problem than global warming.

Director: David Winning | Stars: Kevin Sorbo, Peter MacNeill, Natalie Brown, Brendan Beiser

Votes: 600

17. The Burrowers (2008)

R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller, Western

5.8
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In the Wild West a rescue party sets out to find a family of settlers that has vanished from their home under mysterious circumstances.

Director: J.T. Petty | Stars: Clancy Brown, David Busse, William Mapother, Jocelin Donahue

Votes: 6,565

18. Mongolian Death Worm (2010 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

3.3
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When an American oil company sets up an experimental drilling plant out in the vast deserts of Mongolia, they awaken a nest. The deadly creatures begin to breed and spread, devouring everyone in their path.

Director: Steven R. Monroe | Stars: Sean Patrick Flanery, Victoria Pratt, George Cheung, Drew Waters

Votes: 1,242

Based on cryptozoology.

19. Sand Sharks (2012)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

2.7
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A shark who swims in sand terrorizes a tropical paradise.

Director: Mark Atkins | Stars: Corin Nemec, Brooke Hogan, Vanessa Evigan, Eric Scott Woods

Votes: 4,197

20. Snow Shark: Ancient Snow Beast (2011 Video)

R | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

1.9
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12 years ago during a scientific expedition 3 animal biologists stumbled upon a great discovery that ended in tragedy. Whatever killed them has awoken and now the legend of the Ancient Snow Beast could prove to be more than just a legend.

Director: Sam Qualiana | Stars: Sam Qualiana, Michael O'Hear, Jackey Hall, C.J. Qualiana

Votes: 523

21. Tremors 5: Bloodlines (2015 Video)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

5.3
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The giant, man-eating Graboids are back and even deadlier than before, terrorizing the inhabitants of a South African wildlife reserve as they attack from below-and above.

Director: Don Michael Paul | Stars: Brandon Auret, Natalie Becker, Emmanuel Castis, Michael Gross

Votes: 4,521

22. The Sand (2015)

TV-MA | 84 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

3.8
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After an all-night graduation beach party, a group of hung-over twenty-somethings awake to a beating sun, and a seemingly carnivorous beach that devours anything with a heartbeat that touches the sand.

Director: Isaac Gabaeff | Stars: Brooke Butler, Cleo Berry, Cynthia Murell, Dean Geyer

Votes: 2,112

23. Tremors (TV Movie)

Comedy, Horror | Post-production

A television reboot of the film 'Tremors' in which a small town is gripped with fear over giant underground worms living beneath them.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Hunter Parrish, Fred Ward, Shiloh Fernandez

24. Southbound (2015)

R | 89 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

5.9
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58 Metascore

Five interlocking tales of terror follow the fates of a group of weary travellers who confront their worst nightmares - and darkest secrets - over one long night on a desolate stretch of desert highway.

Directors: Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath, Radio Silence | Stars: Chad Villella, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Kristina Pesic, Fabianne Therese

Votes: 11,927 | Gross: $0.01M