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Tremors -- Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward are in a fight for their lives when they discover that their desolate town has been infested with gigantic man-eating creatures that live below the ground!


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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
19 January 1990 (USA) See more »
The monster movie that breaks new ground. See more »
Natives of a small isolated town defend themselves against strange underground creatures which are killing them one by one. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Ron Underwood 
Writing credits
S.S. Wilson (story) &
Brent Maddock (story) &
Ron Underwood (story)

S.S. Wilson (screenplay) &
Brent Maddock (screenplay)

Produced by
Ellen Collett .... associate producer
Gale Anne Hurd .... executive producer
Brent Maddock .... producer
Ginny Nugent .... line producer
S.S. Wilson .... producer
Original Music by
Ernest Troost 
Cinematography by
Alexander Gruszynski (director of photography)
Film Editing by
O. Nicholas Brown 
Casting by
Pam Dixon 
Production Design by
Ivo Cristante 
Art Direction by
Don Maskovich 
Set Decoration by
Debra Combs 
Costume Design by
Abigail Murray 
Makeup Department
Annette E. Fabrizi .... hair stylist
Annette E. Fabrizi .... makeup artist
Carla M. Fabrizi .... hair stylist
Carla M. Fabrizi .... makeup artist
David P. Barton .... acrylic eyes: 'Dead Fred' dummy (uncredited)
Production Management
Lisa C. Cook .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Camp III .... second assistant director
Allen Kupetsky .... second assistant director: second unit
Michael McCue .... third assistant director
Randall Newsome .... second second assistant director
Kristine Peterson .... first assistant director: second unit
Thomas Schellenberg .... second assistant director: second unit
Mike Topoozian .... first assistant director
Jim Vatis .... second assistant director: second unit
S.S. Wilson .... second unit director
John R. Woodward .... first assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Russell R. Anderson .... swing gang
Rick Bioni .... assistant property master
John Bucklin .... construction manager
Dave Chamberlain .... model maker
Raymond F. Cooper .... scenic painter (as Ray Cooper)
David Cunningham .... carpenter
Michael Davis .... storyboard artist
David Esparza .... scenic painter
Peter Flynn .... construction foreman
Paul Ford .... lead man
Barry Franenberg .... property master
Geoffrey Hagenbuckle .... set dresser
Kathleen Laird .... scenic painter
Ken Larson .... construction coordinator
John Lieberman .... swing gang
Gregory Lynch Jr. .... on-set carpenter
Mike Malone .... on-set dresser
Philip Mayor .... storyboard artist
Vicky Molinarolo .... set dresser
Marino Pascal .... set dresser (as Marinos Paschaloudes)
Thomas Rude .... construction foreman
Bill Sane .... scenic painter
Beth Thompson .... on-set dresser
Teena Welch .... scenic painter
Lyndell Wolff .... construction coordinator
Eugene Yelchin .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
David W. Alstadter .... foley recordist
Richard L. Anderson .... supervising sound editor
David Bartlett .... sound effects editor
Matthew C. Beville .... sound transfer
W.M. Dembrowski .... sound effects editor
Robert Deschaine .... foley mixer
John Dunn .... sound effects editor
Ezra Dweck .... sound effects recordist
Donald Flick .... sound effects editor
Stephen Hunter Flick .... supervising sound editor
Gregory G. Gest .... sound re-recordist
Walter A. Gest .... sound re-recordist
Aaron Glascock .... assistant sound editor
Eric J. Goldstein .... boom operator
Douglas Greenfield .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Dana Gustafson .... assistant sound editor
Jeffrey J. Haboush .... sound re-recording mixer
Walt Martin .... production sound mixer
Oscar Mitt .... sound
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr recordist
Andrew Patterson .... adr editor
John Pospisil .... special sound effects
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer
Steve Richardson .... adr editor
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Greg P. Russell .... sound re-recording mixer
George Simpson .... sound effects editor
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Steve Lee .... sound effects librarian (uncredited)
Rick Mitchell .... foley editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Anthony Allen Barlow .... creature effects: art crew (as Alan Barlow)
Bill Basso .... creature effects: art crew
Nick Benson .... special effects
Paul Berg .... creature effects: art crew
Howard Berger .... creature effects: art crew
Martin Bresin .... special effects coordinator (as Marty Bresin)
Rob Burman .... creature effects: art crew
Noel Butcher .... effects man: MB Special Effects
Jim Carson .... creature effects: art crew
Dave Chamberlain .... creature effects: art crew (as David Chamberlain)
David Chameides .... special effects crew
Mitchell J. Coughlin .... creature effects: art crew
Dale Ettema .... effects man: MB Special Effects
Steve Frakes .... creature effects: art crew
Linda Frobos .... creature effects: art crew
Alec Gillis .... creature effects designer and creator
Robert Kurtzman .... creature effects: art crew
Andrew Miller .... special effects foreman
David B. Miller .... creature effects: art crew
Donald Myers .... special effects technician
Mark Rappaport .... special creature effects
Kevin Reter .... creature effects: art crew
Michael Schorr .... special effects foreman: MB Special Effects (as Mike Schorr)
Stephen Schultze .... creature effects: art crew
Shaun Smith .... creature effects: art crew
Carl Sorensen .... creature effects: art crew
Michael Spatola .... creature effects: art crew
David Stinnett .... creature effects: art crew
Ken Tarallo .... special effects
John Teska .... special creature effects: ADI
Mark Bryan Wilson .... creature effects: art crew
Tom Woodruff Jr. .... creature effects designer and creator
Visual Effects by
Tony Alderson .... opticals: Fantasy II Film
James Belkin .... effects camera operator: 4-ward Productions
James Belkin .... miniature effects manager: 4-Ward Productions
Stephen Brien .... miniature supervisor: 4-ward Productions
Betzy Bromberg .... opticals: Fantasy II Film
Craig Caton .... creature effects
Dave Chamberlain .... creature effects art crew
David Chameides .... visual effects
Elaine Edford .... miniature effects producer: 4-Ward Productions
Jeff Edwards .... creature effects
Ray Greer .... miniature crew: 4-Ward Productions
Mecki Heussen .... creature effects
John Huneck .... camera operator: Fantasy II Film
Leslie Huntley .... visual effects production supervisor: Fantasy II Film
Richard J. Landon .... creature effects
Stephen Lebed .... model maker
Bret Mixon .... rotoscoping
John Morris .... creature effects
Mark Rappaport .... creature effects
Gary Rhodaback .... production assistant: Fantasy II Film
Lise Romanoff .... special visual effects coordinator
Richard Ruskuski .... miniature crew: 4-Ward Productions
William H. Schirmer .... visual effects coordinator (as Bill Schirmer)
Mark A. Shelton .... visual effects gaffer
Robert Skotak .... visual effects supervisor: 4-ward productions
Robert Stromberg .... digital matte artist
Roland Tantin .... special effects coordinator
John Teska .... creature effects
Gene Warren Jr. .... visual effects supervisor: Fantasy II Film
David S. Williams Jr. .... camera operator: Illusion
Rick Rische .... matte artist (uncredited)
Pamela Bebermeyer .... stunt player
Hank Calia .... stunt player (as Henry A. Calia)
Sal Carrubba .... stunt player
John Casino .... stunt player
Cindy Cavallero .... stunt player
Fernando Celis .... stunt player
George B. Colucci Jr. .... stunt player (as George 'Moose' Colucci)
Glory Fioramonti .... stunt player
Lance Gilbert .... stunt player
Amy Gillespie .... stunt player
John Gillespie .... assistant stunt coordinator
Jeff Habberstad .... stunt double: Kevin Bacon
Jeff Imada .... stunt player
Ben Jensen .... stunt player
Ethan Jensen .... stunt player
Gary Jensen .... stunt coordinator
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunt player (as Tracy Lyn Keehn)
Randall Newsome .... stunt player
Sherry Peterson .... stunt player (as Sherry Petersen)
John Sherrod .... stunt player
Al Simon .... stunt player
Cris Thomas-Palomino .... stunt player (as Cris Palamino)
Karl A. Wickman .... stunt player (as Carl Wickman)
Vladimir 'Furdo' Furdik .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Bernstein .... assistant camera
Shunil Borpujari .... additional dolly grip (as Shaunil Borbujari)
Joe Celeste .... key grip
Henry Cline .... first assistant camera
Mark Combs .... best boy electric
Peter Drinco .... grip
Jesper Find .... additional first assistant camera
Alan Gitlin .... camera operator: second unit
Amy C. Halpern .... first assistant camera
Amy C. Halpern .... second unit cameraman/operator
Virgil L. Harper .... director of photography: second unit
Loren Hillebrand .... grip
Chris Hood .... second assistant camera: second unit
Peter Iovino .... still photographer
Matthew Johnston .... second assistant camera
Shane D. Kelly .... gaffer
William K. Koski .... electrician
Jeff Mart .... Steadicam operator
Jesse Mather .... additional best boy electric
Ralph Merzbach .... video assist operator
James G. Moriarty .... best boy grip (as Jim Moriarty)
Ned Nedrow .... rigging grip
Deborah O'Brien .... additional second assistant camera (as Debbie O'Brien)
Martin Schaer .... camera operator
Gus Vasquez .... key grip: second unit
Kelly Waldman .... electrician
Gary A. Williams .... grip
Jamie Young .... dolly grip
Bill H. Roberts Jr. .... additional second ac (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sarah Bartfield .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laurie Hudson .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Derek Berlatsky .... first assistant editor
Dennis Brookins .... negative cutter
Steve Johnson .... colorist
Sue Kesler .... second assistant editor
Karen Sharp Lancaster .... first assistant editor
Kevin Lindstrom .... second assistant editor
John Nicolard .... color timer
Music Department
Michael Aarvold .... music scoring mixer
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Patricia Carlin .... music editor
Kathy Durning .... supervising music editor
Louise Hatem .... music co-producer
Barb Luby .... orchestrator
Norman Ludwin .... musician (bass)
Phil Magnotti .... music recordist
Randy Miller .... orchestrator
Johnny Montagnese .... music recordist
Robb Navrides .... music editor: TV version
Ralph Sall .... music supervisor
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Ernest Troost .... conductor
Robert Folk .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
John Moses .... musician: clarinetist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
John Armstrong .... driver
Aaron Aronson .... driver
Billy G. Arter .... transportation coordinator: second unit (as Billy Arter)
Ed Arter .... transportation coordinator (as Edward D. Arter)
Tina M. Arter-Duquette .... transportation dispatcher (as Tina Arter)
John A. Brubaker .... driver: second unit (as John Brubaker)
Sal Carrubba .... driver
Chuck Clarke .... transportation coordinator: second unit
Don Crow .... driver (as Donald Crow)
Ronald B. Dinson Sr. .... driver (as Ronald Dinson)
Louis Dinson .... driver: second unit
Dan Loveless .... driver
Helen Mercier .... driver (as H. Weezee Mercier)
Rick Mercier .... transportation captain
Tony Mercier .... driver
John Ornstein .... driver captain: second unit
Mike Shannon .... transportation co-captain
Mark Twogood .... special effects driver: second unit
Bob White .... driver captain: second unit (as Robert White)
Chuck Williams .... driver
Troy Flynn .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Carmen Bailey .... production assistant: second unit
Bob Bellamak .... stand-in
Susan Bierbaum .... script supervisor
Craig Caton .... key mechanical designer
Craig Caton .... puppeteer
Steven P. Duchscherer .... gun specialist
Colleen Dunn .... post-production office assistant
Terry Dunn .... production accountant
Jeff Edwards .... mechanical crew
David Falicki .... set medic
Mecki Heussen .... mechanical crew
Kate Hudson .... seismology consultant
Pat Jackson .... studio teacher
Dave Johnson .... production assistant: second unit
Greg Kidd .... production assistant: second unit (as Gregory Kidd)
Dave Krinsky .... production assistant
Richard J. Landon .... mechanical crew
Toni Maier .... location scout
Kris Fullan Martinez .... assistant production coordinator
John Morris .... mechanical crew
Dale Newell .... dirt wrangler
Jesus 'Chewy' Perez .... sage wrangler
Michael Pitt .... production assistant
Tom Prince .... production executive
Mark Rappaport .... mechanical crew
Robert Rhine .... unit publicist
Tony Salome .... location manager
Sara Spring .... production coordinator
John Teska .... mechanical crew
Neal Thompson .... title designer
Daniel Wheatcroft .... studio executive
James Young .... production assistant: second unit
Anthony Zahn Jr. .... production assistant: second unit
Joe Camp .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Tammy Maples .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Nancy Roberts .... special thanks

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96 min
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Did You Know?

There are only two interior sets in the entire movie. Walter's Store and Bert & Heather's basement. Every other shot is an exterior.See more »
Continuity: Items on the market shelves change quantity and location in between shots and scenes.See more »
Valentine McKee:What the hell is going on! I mean what the hell is going on!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Deep Rising (1998)See more »
Heart of a Working ManSee more »


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40 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
The BEST B-movie in the 1985 to 1995 period, if not even longer !, 31 August 2007
Author: wmjahn from Austria

"Tremors is a flawless film" wrote another commentator on this site and he's damn right ! What a movie ! I've missed it in the cinema, because over here in Europe, this maybe played in Vienna in 2 theaters for one week and hardly anybody catched it. But some time later, maybe 1992, 1993 it was shown on TV, some midnight cheapie, I thought, but watching it, it scored bullseye, I was glued to the TV-set.

Have seen it 3 or 4 times since then and it's an amazing joy to see this again and again and again and ...

Why ? First the storyline is simply simple & fantastic & brilliant. The perfect homage to the B-movies (you know, Tarantula et. al.) of the 50ies and 60ies. Even better than they were/are.

Ron Underwood must have seen maybe all these B-flicks, at least most of them, and captured the essential elements of this genre perfectly. There is NOT ONE WRONG SCENE in this, it works, from start to finish, like THE master-thesis for the "giant creatures are trying to kill us"- :-)) genre. If Tarantino would have made this, he would be hailed to the hall of fame for it (where he is anyway, but then again, isn't this one mucho better than Death Proof, e.g.?).

The dialog is extremely casual/leisured/funny, always on the spot. Cleverly photographed, funnily written, without being stupid for just a second.

What makes this so very special is the relationship between these two slackers, Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward. One younger, one slightly older, the chemistry between them is fantastic, the really seem to have spent all their lives together in the backyards of rural America. Their looks, the dialog, their mimic, all unmatched in the last 20, 25 years of US-cinema.

TREMORS was Ron Underwood's first feature and none of his later efforts does come even close to it (actually he made just unmemorable schlock later). But this one picture will get him recognition far beyond his earth-days, I bet ! TREMORS poures love & total respect for the genre from every frame ! I bet Ron Underwood, who was 37 when he directed this masterpiece, must have dreamed of making this movie for a decade or even longer, that's why it is so superbly developed, so perfect, so flawless.

Watch it, love it, watch it again, I bet you will ! :-))

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