Q&A with Jonathan Melville, Author of Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide To Tremors

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With the release of Tremors 5: Bloodlines last week, we thought this would be a perfect time to speak with Jonathan Melville, author of the recent book, Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors, which takes a look back at the original film, the Tremors sequels, and the ill-fated television series.

What inspired you to celebrate the Tremors films in book form (beyond the fact that they’re awesome fun)?

Jonathan Melville: I remember watching Tremors on BBC One here in the UK in 1994 (I was 16) and immediately falling for the mix of comedy, horror, sci-fi, western and romance that I hadn’t seen in any other film.

From then on I kept stumbling across the sequels; I rented Tremors 2 from a VHS store while on holiday in Canada and the others on video and DVD when they came out—and each time enjoyed the way the franchise evolved. There
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Interview: Michael Gross talks Tremors 5: Bloodlines

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It has been 11 years since audiences were last exposed to the underground terror that is the Graboids. The cult franchise has so far delivered 4 films and an ill-fated TV series. Causing a whole generation of B-Movie fans to question whether or not it is safe to walk on the floor, the franchise returns this year with Tremors 5: Bloodlines.

Originally sprouting onto the big screen in the 1990 surprise cult hit Tremors starring Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward and Finn Carter. The film portrayed the story of a small isolated town in America that becomes terrorised by giant flesh-eating worms. Think Earthworm Jim on a very very bad day. Although the film was not a theatrical success the VHS sales and rentals tripled the film’s box office gross. So lets look at the Tremors story so far….

The cult success of the original
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Tremors the Series Scrambles to DVD Stores Soon

Apparently, there was a Tremors series that was released on Syfy in 2003. There is an interesting story here as the series was aired out of order. Episode 6 followed episode one and episode 2 was released following episode 7 (Wiki). How is that for confusion? The series was released on iTunes in 2007 and now Paramount Home Entertainment is releasing the series, March 9th. The show, which includes thirteen episodes, and DVD details are below (a Tremors 4 is on the way).

The synopsis for Tremors: The Series:

"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 30-foot worm creature who hunts prey by sound. It is an endangered species, so as long as El Blanco is around, Perfection can't be bulldozed by any greedy developers. To protect their home, the people of
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Tremors Team Reunites For 'Night Crew'

Stampede Entertainment, the team behind Sci-Fi Channel's Tremors: The Series, is reuniting for another horror pic entitled Night Crew. Nancy Roberts (packager of the original Tremors and producer of Tremors 2,3,and 4) will produce with Ron Underwood onboard to direct (as he did the original Tremors) from a screenplay by S. S. Wilson and Brent Maddock. Like Tremors, Night Crew is a fast-moving monster tale full of quirky characters, scary moments, and laugh-out-loud humor, but this time in an urban setting. And thats not all thats happening. In the coming months, were launching something new on the Stampede site: posting chapters of one of our fantasy adventure stories in novel form. Watch for the first installment of Zoo Ship, the tale of four fishermen who meet a crafty planet-hopping alien in the land of 10,000 lakes.
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