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365 Days, 100 Films #82 - Tremors (1990)

18 December 2011 11:01 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tremors, 1990.

Directed by Ron Underwood.

Starring Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Reba McEntire, Michael Gross and Victor Wong.

Synopsis:

Powerful, subterranean creatures threaten a small, isolated mining town.

One of the most basic rules of screenwriting is to place your protagonist in the place they least want to be. It could be a relationship, a profession. Or Perfection Valley, Nevada.

Valentine McKee (Kevin Bacon) and Earl Bassett (Fred Ward) are handymen in the isolated desert town, population: 14 rednecks. Val thinks about things in the short term, those ‘things’ being girls with “long blonde hair, big green eyes, world class breasts, ass that won’t quit and legs that go all the way up.” Earl always takes the long-term viewpoint. “I mean here it is, Monday, and I’m already thinking of Wednesday…it is Monday, right?”

Nevertheless, even their short-term preoccupations show them that Perfection Valley ain’t no good. »

- flickeringmyth

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Blu-ray Review: Tremors – 90′s Creature Feature Feels Dated But Kitschy Fun

23 January 2011 2:29 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Kitschy 1990 horror movie/Kevin Bacon vehicle Tremors feels incredibly dated twenty years on. Watching it for the first time in well over a decade, courtesy of its release on Blu-ray, the Ron Underwood directed creature feature doesn’t quite live up to my childhood memories. The giant worm creatures no longer seem scary enough to have once made me genuinely afraid to walk across my bedroom floor (let alone on sand). And yet the film also feels strangely relevant, perhaps disturbingly so, in the time of the Tea Party movement and Sarah Palin.

Tremors is tongue in cheek in tone and features a group of self-consciously silly characterisations: none more memorable than Michael Gross’ Burt Gummer, a gun-toting survivalist who went to become a key part of the franchise in its three straight-to-video sequels and ill-fated 2003 TV series. In Burt Gummer we have a valiant champion of the second amendment »

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