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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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Friday round-up: previews, cast interviews and new projects

9 December 2011 7:39 PM, PST | CapricaTV | See recent CapricaTV news »

This is the first part of the weekend monster update, with more news & stuff coming in the next couple of days.

I got my Grimms confused in yesterday's post as it turns out. Tonight's episode won't be "Let Your Hair Down," but "The Three Bad Wolves." Rapunzel doesn't show up until next week.

Nick (David Giuntoli) is called to a suspected arson case, which exposes a longstanding family feud that brings Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) face-to-face with characters from his troubled past. While Monroe wrestles with restraining his wild side, it’s up to Nick to keep everything from going up in flames. Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Sasha Roiz and Reggie Lee also star.There are a few sneak peeks at THR and Dread Central. Spoiler TV has the promotional stills. Here is the teaser:

Yesterday's excellent "Danse Macabre," which did well in the ratings, is available on NBC.com. »

- fanshawe

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Excl: Gale Anne Hurd Offers Hellfest Update

11 November 2011 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

The Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd is looking beyond zombies for her next horror project. Hurd - who is responsible for big screen fare like Tremors , The Terminator and, more recently, The Hulk - is developing a new film called Hellfest for CBS Films. "It's really, really cool," Hurd told Shock last night at the premiere of Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel . "The writers [William Penick and Chris Sey] turned in a draft to CBS Films and they seemed to like it, hopefully we'll be announcing a director soon. It takes place at - one of the places that scares me the most - one of those Halloween theme parks, like what Universal does, or Knott's Scary Farm. That inspired the story: What if one of those people running around wasn't »

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New interview with Sasha Roiz and the weekend monster update

5 November 2011 9:00 PM, PDT | CapricaTV | See recent CapricaTV news »

Let's start the weekly round-up with Grimm.

Grimm's ratings dropped a little this week, but the show still won the 18-49 demo in its timeslot, finishing ahead of CSI: NY, Fringe and Supernatural, and rising by a full frakking ratings point (1.8) after Chuck (0.8). Wake up, Chuck.

Hitfix visited the set in Portland recently and posted a lengthy report. Here is a snippet:

Sasha Roiz on how his character will develop later in the series: "I’m not a Grimm descendent, but I'm a descendent of a long line that dates back just as Grimm does and we have a bit of a history and a past, so my line is a royal line and that will slowly unfold throughout the series."Collider has a longer interview with Sasha and Reggie Lee (more at the link):

It’s nice to see your character – like the main character – has the duality. »

- fanshawe

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Ariana Richards Talks Jurassic Park and Tremors

31 October 2011 11:10 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

With the Jurassic Park trilogy now available on Blu-ray, I was recently able to speak with Ariana Richards.  If you're looking at the picture and she doesn't look familiar, that's because when Richards made Jurassic Park she was 13. During the interview, Richards talked about making Jurassic Park, if she was able to take home any props, what the most challenging shot was, and we also talked about Tremors (which I love).  In addition, while Richards is no longer acting, she's now an artist and we talked about how she works and her studio.  Hit the jump to watch. And if you missed my video interview with special effects wizards Dennis Muren, Phil Tippett and John Rosengrant, click here.  They talked about Jurassic Park and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. Ariana Richards If you star in a billion dollar movie, does that mean you get a free Universal Studios pass for »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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I Finally Watched 'The Adventures of Pluto Nash'

31 October 2011 10:08 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

With Eddie Murphy's Tower Heist arriving in theaters this Friday, November 4, I felt I should finally post another installment in my "I Finally Watched..." series and get to that Netflix copy of The Adventures of Pluto Nash that had been sitting on my coffee table for the last month or so. But if you're expecting a lambasting similar to what I gave Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever and Skyline, I'm sorry, that's not going to be the case. At least not entirely... No, Pluto Nash isn't good, in fact it's quite bad, but it's not bad in the way its reputation would lead you to believe. It's not offensively awful or even a film I would immediately turn to in conversation if we were discussing bad films. In fact, if you cut out a few of the sex jokes and the swearing this would play more like an innocent PG-rated film for 8-10 year-olds, »

- Brad Brevet

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Greatest Horror Comedies

30 October 2011 7:14 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

The latest list in sound of sights month long look at the greatest horror films ever is taking a different look on the horror genre. There is a very narrow line that divides finding something funny and scary, which is exactly the sort of film this list is celebrating. As a genre there is two ways you can address the comedy horror. The first and the much more popular route is comedy about horror, these films rarely attempt to attain any qualities other than a comedic jibe at the genre. If you were to pick one classic example it would be Young Frankenstein – a film that satirises early horror and Frankenstein in what is close to comedy perfection (the Gene Wilder effect). The contemporary take on the genre has given the world some of the worst films of recent times in the Scary Movie franchise and its brood of mutant off-shoots. »

- Robert Simpson

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Jurassic Park: Ariana Richards interview

24 October 2011 4:45 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

As Jurassic Park and its sequels arrive on Blu-ray, we caught up with Ariana Richards, who starred as Lex Murphy, about her role in the film…

Having already appeared in films such as Tremors, Spaced Invaders and Timescape, young actress Ariana Richards landed her most prominent role in the 1993 classic, Jurassic Park. While Stan Winston’s realistic dinosaurs were understandably the main draw for audiences, their presence wouldn’t have been the same without a vital, human dimension – and Richards’ performance as Lex Murphy brought a great sense of adventure and fear to a visually stunning movie.

With Jurassic Park out now on Blu-ray, we spoke to Ms Richards about her role in the film, the impact it had on her career, and what it was like to work with Steven Spielberg

How have you enjoyed revisiting your time making the film as the promotion for this re-release has gone on? »

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Exclusive Video Interviews: Dread Central's Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy Blu-ray Press Day Coverage

17 October 2011 10:17 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Ever since the Blu-ray format was introduced to the masses back in 2006, there is one series of films that has remained the "holy grail" of desired high definition releases: the Jurassic Park trilogy.

Even though it's been almost 20 years since the release of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg's original Jurassic Park, the success of both the original and its sequels continues to be unrivaled in terms of influence and box office receipts, with the first film remaining the very standard of a true cinematic experience on every level.

Finally, Universal Studios is set to unleash the Blu-ray box set that we've all been patiently waiting for: the Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy, featuring all three films supplemented with a vast array of bonus features that should no doubt prove to be worth the long wait for fans of the trilogy everywhere (click here for more details).

In celebration of the »

- thehorrorchick

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Retro Review: Invasion Earth – The Aliens Are Here

10 October 2011 2:02 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Invasion Earth: The Aliens Are Here

Stars: Janice Fabian, Christian Lee, Larry Bagby, Dana Young | Written by Miller Drake | Directed by Robert Skotak

Aliens invade a small town invading the towns cinema where the patrons are watching a sci-fi marathon. Taking over the projection room, the aliens splice together footage of old sci-fi films from the 50s to try an “bore” the audience into losing their minds so that they can take them over. A couple of teenagers in the audience realise that the alien threat is real and set out to put an end to the aliens plans before it’s too late.

Only really notable for being the one and only directorial effort from Robert Skotak, a visual effects whiz who has worked on such films as Tremors, Darkman, Terminator 2 and more recently Joe Dante’s The Hole, Invasion Earth: The Aliens Are Here isn’t really a movie, »

- Phil

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Elizabeth Olsen Talks 'Martha Marcy,' Oscar Buzz

6 September 2011 3:53 AM, PDT | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

Actress opens up about her troubled character, growing up Olsen and sitting next to Kevin Bacon, in our Fall Movie Preview.

By Eric Ditzian

Elizabeth Olsen in "Martha Marcy May Marlene"

Photo: Fox Searchlight

Eight months after her breakout debut at the Sundance Film Festival — when her two films turned heads, dropped jaws and had the town asking, "Where'd this girl come from?" — Elizabeth Olsen is no more used to the spotlight than before her entrance into the movie world.

But then, the younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen has spent a lifetime surrounded by the attention (and the aggression) of Hollywood. So if Elizabeth hadn't already become accustomed to hobnobbing with the celebrity set, hadn't inured herself to any limelight-induced nerves by last January, the upcoming release of "Martha Marcy May Marlene" and the accompanying Oscar buzz for her performance can hardly be expected to change any of that. »

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Blood and Chrome update, new interviews with Esai Morales & new projects for Eric Stoltz, Leah Gibson, Patton Oswalt, John Pyper-Ferguson and Ryan Robbins

24 August 2011 4:48 PM, PDT | CapricaTV | See recent CapricaTV news »

I go on vacation and all this happens:

Eric Stoltz might be coming back to weekly TV. He has been cast as the lead in a new Lifetime pilot, Modern Love. Report from Deadline.com:

[Modern Love] follows newspaper science editor Simon McElvane (Stoltz) as he faces a deteriorating marriage, the ramifications of potentially starting over and balancing his relationship with his adopted 15-year-old daughter. Unexpectedly handed the job of editor of the newspaper’s Modern Love column, Simon discovers he has a lot to learn about life and love.Nwcn has a video report from the set of Grimm in Portland. Sasha Roiz mentioned they’ve started working on episode four today.

Sasha will be back on Warehouse 13 next Monday. Alessandra Torresani will join him the week after that.

Esai Morales did a few more interviews while promoting Gun Hill Road in San Francisco. There is one at SFBayTimes.com »

- fanshawe

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Top Ten Tuesday: Slay It Again, Sam!

16 August 2011 6:13 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

There’s a lot of evil out there! Disposing of the nasty creatures, monsters, zombies, witches, vampires and the like is a dirty job, but somebody’s gotta do it. Remakes of Fright Night and Conan The Barbarian will splatter evil blood all over screens this week when they open in theaters on Friday, August 19th, so here’s a look at our favorite monster killers from the movies.

Now, before we get started… a list like this really needs to be defined, so here are those pesky rules that govern who makes the cut and who gets cut:

You must have multiple kills! One and done is not enough. You must be a full-time monster hunter. None of this part-time, moonlighting crap! You must actually “kill” the monsters. Sorry, but The Ghostbusters don’t make the cut.

Honorable Mention: Hans, trolljegeren – Trollhunter (2010)

Do trolls really exist? Hans says so, »

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30 Minutes Or Less – The Review

11 August 2011 9:00 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Gone are the days of our pizza deliveries being guaranteed hot and fresh within 30-minutes, unless you live in a fictional version of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The setting of 30 Minutes Or Less, the new comedy from director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) revolves around a pizza delivery boy named Nick (Jesse Eisenberg, Social Network). Without any sense of ambition, Nick lives day-to-day, working for an unreasonable boss, and hanging out with his best friend Chet (Aziz Ansari, Parks & Recreation) while harboring mixed feelings toward Chet.s twin sister Kate (Dilshad Vadsaria).

Nothing about Nick.s life is extraordinary or exciting, except maybe for the way he drives while attempting to deliver pizzas before they get docked from his paycheck. Nick.s driving is as energetic and recklessly enjoyable as the film itself. 30 Minutes Or Less is a mere 83-minutes in length, a quick and dirty joy ride, but doesn.t leave you feeling cheated. »

- Travis Keune

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Days of the Dead Announces Upcoming Shows

29 July 2011 5:35 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Everyone knows that in horror sequels are inevitable. When you hit the right chord and people dig it, it only makes sense. Determined to prove that the sequel can be as good the original, Days of the Dead has announced not one but two shows next year.

Based on the success of Days of the Dead in Indianapolis, they will be taking all of their shows and events to Atlanta, Georgia, March 9-11, 2012. But don't worry, they will be bringing the madness back to Indianapolis July 6-8, 2012.

Days of the Dead: Atlanta has already announced some of their guests including: Pj Soles (Halloween, Carrie, Stripes, Rock N' Roll High School), Dey Young (Rock N' Roll High School, Running Man, The Serpent and the Rainbow, Red Eye)- This will be the first Rock N' Roll High School reunion in 30 years, Gary Busey (Silver Bullet, Predator 2, Pirahna 3Dd), Taafe O' Connell (Galaxy of Terror, »

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Cinema’s 10 most underrated monsters

4 July 2011 5:59 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

They’re sometimes furry, sometimes scary, and always angry. Here’s our list of cinema’s 10 most underrated monsters…

King Kong. Godzilla. The terrifying creature out of Alien. They’re all household names. They’re the superstars of the monster world, hogging the limelight while their less charismatic brethren languish in obscurity.

To redress the balance a little, we’ve compiled a list of a few cinematic monsters that deserve more attention. And given that movie monsters are always being shot, stabbed and set on fire by square jawed heroes, it’s fair to say that even the rubberiest, most shambling ones deserve a little bit of love, so if there are any you think we’ve forgotten, feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments.

Q: The Winged Serpent

Larry Cohen’s largely forgotten 1982 creature feature is a genuine trash classic, with some great stop-motion effects and memorable performances from Michael Moriarty, »

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Mongolian Death Worm (2010) Movie Review

30 April 2011 3:13 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Films like Steven R. Monroe’s 2010 SyFy original “Mongolian Death Worm” aren’t very difficult to review. It’s pretty simple stuff: You either like it or you don’t. There isn’t anything to dissect, nothing to chew over. In fact, “Mongolian Death Worm” is even easier to grade than other low-budget creature features, as it falls under what I like to call the “Tremors Technique”. Instead of critiquing the picture in a traditional manner, I assess the situation and score it against “Tremors” and its sequels. Since the installments in that series are automatically arranged from best to worst — “Tremors”, of course, being the high water mark — assigning a sequel to a monster movie like “Mongolian Death Worm” is a relatively easy task to accomplish. After all, just about every post-”Tremors” giant worm movie owes at least one thing or another to Ron Underwood’s camp classic. »

- Todd Rigney

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New Release: Sleepers and other drama movies on Blu-ray

26 April 2011 12:56 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Brad Pitt looks for revenge in Sleepers

Remember Sleepers? The acclaimed 1996 drama film starring Brad Pitt (Seven), Kevin Bacon (Tremors) and Robert De Niro (Little Fockers) is coming to Blu-ray on Aug. 2 from Warner Home Video along with two other dramas, Sean Connery (Highlander) starrer The Name of the Rose and Copycat with Sigourney Weaver (Alien).

Sleepers is our favorite of the three movies. Directed by Barry Levinson (The Natural), the film tells the disturbing story of a group of boys who, after pulling a prank, are sent to a detention center and brutalized by the guards. Ten years later, the boys are grownup and get their chance for revenge. Billy Crudup (Almost Famous), Minnie Driver (Barney’s Version), Jason Patric (The Losers) and Dustin Hoffman (All the President’s Men) also star in the R-rated film, which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Score.

The winner of two BAFTA awards, »

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Ron Underwood To Guide Woodchucks, A Skiing Team Dramedy

14 March 2011 5:18 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Those of you educated in the art of cinema- a rare and hardy group though you are- will perhaps instinctively recoil at any film project that openly describes itself as a “skiing dramedy.” And, if so, it reflects rather well upon your intellect. In this instance, however, there may be a saving grace and that is director Ron Underwood. If the name doesn’t immediately ring a bell it is because he has been relatively quiet on the big-screen during the last decade, but earned his renown with the consecutive films of Tremors and City Slickers, but now he is back and ready to direct an original screenplay entitled Woodchucks.

Underwood’s low profile of late is, broadly speaking, a consequence of a lack of good scripts post-City Slickers which culminated in the appalling The Adventures of Pluto Nash starring Eddie Murphy, which earned him a Razzie nomination and made huge box office losses. »

- Ben Szwediuk

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City Slickers Director to Helm Woodchucks Skiing Comedy

14 March 2011 3:02 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Director Ron Underwood (City Slickers, Tremors) will next helm a skiing film called "Woodchucks," based on the screenplay by Len Britton (a former professional ski coach) and Rick Parks (EverAfter). The dramatic comedy follows a Vermont ski team as it tries to prevent a corporate resort developer from wrecking their local mountain. Principal photography is scheduled to begin at during the next ski season on location in Vermont. "It's been a long time since 'Downhill Racer,' and while 'Woodchucks' is certainly a lighter tone, it has the makings of the first exciting narrative ski movie in a long time," said Underwood. "I'm an avid skier and I can't wait to showcase the sport." »

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