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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 .... re-recording mixer
Walt Martin .... production sound mixer
Oscar Mitt .... sound
Kevin O'Connell .... 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 .... 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
Location Management
Toni Maier .... location scout
Tony Salome .... location manager
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
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
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
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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S.S. Wilson said that he got the idea for the film while he was working for the US Navy in the California desert. While resting on a rock, he imagined what it might be like if something underground kept him from getting off the rock.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the guys whip the truck around in a 180 degree turn to return to the guy on the power pole, you can see the roofs of a housing development on the horizon, as opposed to being in the "middle of nowhere."See more »
Earl Bassett:[after digging out the dead graboid] There's no way Walter Chang's getting his slick mits on this for no 15 bucks.
Valentine McKee:You got that right!
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111 out of 123 people found the following review useful.
Genre fans and casual moviegoers will find lots of things to love in Tremors, possibly the best horror/comedy ever made., 29 September 2001
Author: jiangliqings

*** 1/2 out of ****

Tremors is often described by many to be a cult classic, which is odd. The fact is, cult films usually have a quirky quality to them that separate them from the usual Hollywood-churned machine. Take Re-Animator, for example, or even the recent Ravenous, both of which have oddities and bloody quirks that average viewers might find repellant. But Tremors isn't the slightest bit offbeat. It's made in full Hollywood-style with a predictably happy ending to boot. So what makes it a "cult classic"? Could it be that it's successful in mixing almost every genre into the proceedings or that it's great entertainment that simply didn't get the box office reception it deserved? Perhaps both, because this is one movie that always puts a smile on my face and simultaneously gets my pulse-pounding every time I watch it.

The plot is similar to that of the monster films of the old days. Valentine Mckee (Kevin Bacon) and Earl Bassett (Fred Ward) are two handymen "trapped" in the small town of Perfection, Nevada. They have dreams of making it big, but their ambitious goals always seem out of reach. Just when they do decide to finally leave, the discovery of dead bodies, both human and animal, keep them there for just a while longer. There's also the road, which has been blocked by a large boulder.

On hand to study some strange seismic activity is Rhonda (Finn Carter), a grad student who helps Mckee and Bassett come to the realization that both the deaths and the odd vibrations in the ground are connected. It turns out to be the work of giant 30-foot worms, four of them to be exact, and they trap the townspeople of Perfection in their homes, including gun-happy, WWIII-prepared couple Burt and Heather Gummer (Michael Gross and Reba Mcentire). The rest of the film becomes a desperate scramble to outsmart the worms and get out of the town alive.

The first thing that's noticable about Tremors is probably how it's obviously inspired by 50's monster flicks. The great thing, though, is that Tremors plays itself as a comedy, preferring laughs over scares, a wise decision since if the film took itself seriously, it would have been a major detriment. The laughs aren't cheap, either, as they result from witty dialogue and new twists on the "monster" subgenre. The great chemistry between Bacon and Ward brings the most humor to the film. Playing best friends with little education but plenty of smarts, these are two performances that are a hoot to watch. It'd be great to see them in another film together again (too bad it didn't happen in Tremors 2).

But in addition to the laughs, there's also the action, which is frenetic and exciting. Director Ron Underwood gives the film a lightning pace and the 95 minutes seems to just roll by. The fun action consists of a lot of running and "get off the ground" moments. For the last 45 minutes, Tremors is almost full of non-stop excitement, and it's surprising to see that the action never gets tiresome nor dull for a single moment. The movie isn't scary or frightening at all, but with suspense and thrills this sharp, who cares (Besides, being scary is hardly the film's intent.)?

It's nice to see that this movie is not particularly gory or full of gratuitous violence. While I do enjoy gory violence when it fits the style and tone, it wouldn't have been welcome here and the light-hearted feel that permeates Tremors is a crucial reason to its success; there's no unneccessary unpleasantness and it also proves that the movie creates genuine excitement without resorting to splashing blood all over the screen. Because of this, it easily reaches out to a larger amount of viewers, making it a movie that's just as easily accessible for fans of, say, screwball comeides as it is for action lovers. Since the movie is PG-13, there are still a couple of moments of semi-graphic violence, but nothing objectionable to someone 10 years or older.

The special effects are fun, with the worms as the film's showpiece. Thankfully, there's no overdone CGI and the worms are actually well-rendered and convincing. But I must say, I was a little misled, seeing how it is the worms don't actually look like the one on the video box cover (which actually looks cooler). But never mind that, I'm wondering how the director managed to pull off so many scenes of the creatures popping out from underground. I mean, given the fact that this is a goofy monster movie, it couldn't have been given a very big budget. I also love those worm POV shots, particularly the ones that actually feature the camera wading through the dirt.

S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock's script is clever without being particulary intelligent or distinguished. This isn't a brilliant film by a long shot but it goes to show that some writers who just want to write a fun script can actually get the job done. It's a little odd to note that all of Wilson and Maddock's other screenplays (with maybe the exception of Tremors' own sequels) have been pretty bad, culminating to the debacle known as Wild Wild West. Unlike that film and the others they've written, this one isn't soulless.

But it's not the action and the laughs that put this film above so many countless movies of the genre. It is, after all, the characters that make this film as highly entertaining as it is. As said before, Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward's chemistry is natural and they deliver some of their best acting in their careers. It's actually a shame that Ward never reached the same heights of stardom as Bacon; he sure as hell had the charisma and acting skill for it. Also very good is Finn Carter as Rhonda, and it's also a little unfortunate her career hasn't gone far since this. She and Bacon also have some nice chemistry, which further establishes this movie as one that also works partially as a romance (a good feat, considering it's not even striving to be one). The other standouts are Michael Gross and Reba Mcentire as the gun-toting couple. Their performances are a lot of fun and there's a hilarious scene involving the two of them trying to kill one of the giant worms in their basement.

Tremors wasn't much of a box office success but has since gone on to have a strong life on video, to the point where it even inspired other knowingly goofy creature features such as Anaconda, Lake Placid, Deep Blue Sea, and Deep Rising (of these three, only Rising comes to mind as a must see). None of them managed to reach the heights of Tremors, perhaps because their characters weren't as likable and memorable, thus leaving this film as the one all future monster films will be compared to. The film's also got its own sequels, the first of which I remember as being pretty fun but certainly inferior. Tremors 3 I have yet to see, but it's one I'm looking forward to.

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