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Tremors (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Horror | 19 January 1990 (USA)
Natives of a small isolated town defend themselves against strange underground creatures which are killing them one by one.

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A small town gradually becomes aware of a strange creature which picks off people one by one. But what is this creature, and where is it? At the same time, a seismologist is working in the area, she detects _tremors_. The creature lives underground, and can 'pop up' without warning. Trapped in their town, the town-folk have no escape. Written by Rob Hartill

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The ultimate underground movie. It will leave you legless! See more »

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Comedy | Horror

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19 January 1990 (USA)  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$16,667,084 (USA)
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The scene where the car is being swallowed into the soil was originally supposed to be longer, with Bibi Besch kicking out the front window, climbing on the hood and then getting submerged in the sand. However, the effect that was used to suck the car in wouldn't work properly, and there was no more nighttime to shoot the remainder of the scene. See more »

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Near the end of the movie, when the graboid falls out of the cliff, Val says "Can you fly, you sucker?", but if you look at his mouth, he is clearly saying ruder. See more »

Quotes

Earl Bassett: Run for it? Running's not a plan! Running's what you do, once a plan fails!
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Referenced in Home Time: Episode #1.4 (2009) See more »

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Drop Kick Me Jesus
Written by Paul Craft
Performed by Bobby Bare
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Cult Movies 18
4 January 1999 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

18. TREMORS (SCI-fiction, 1990) Welcome to Perfection, Nevada. Population: a couple. Opportunities: none. That's why handymen Val (Kevin Bacon) and Earl (Fred Ward) have always planned to leave town. And this time they mean it. Suddenly a series of bizarre killings prevent them from leaving. With the help of a seismology student, they discover giant-worm like creatures living under the desert sand. Now their goal is to leave town in one piece.

Critique: Lighthearted horror, sci-fi, comedy 'mish-mash' has an interesting premise, oddball characters, and wonderfully ferocious action. As our embattled heroes struggle to survive against the relentless creatures, the battle of wits that ensues becomes inventive and exciting.

The film shares strange similarities with Spielberg's legendary 'Jaws'. As the suspense and body count mount, the threatening desert sand (water) becomes an infinite playground for the bloodthirsty worms (sharks), as they use scare tactics against their unbeknown victims (swimmers). Not knowing where they will strike next, people tiptoe their way across town trying not to alert the creatures. It all makes for 'TREMEndous' fun.


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