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Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Horror | Video 2 January 2004
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A prequel to Tremors (1990), this movie tells us about the founders of Rejection Valley and how they defended it against the dirt dragons AKA graboids.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hiram Gummer
Christine Lord
Juan Pedilla
Pyong Lien Chang
Lu Wan Chang
Neil Kopit ...
Victor (as Neal Kopit)
Sean Moran ...
Western Union Clerk
Matthew Seth Wilson ...
Brick Walters
Big Horse Johnson
Dan Lemieux ...
Stony Walters


In 1889, the town of Rejection, Nevada, depends on a nearby silver mine for its income. Rejection has a few residents. Christine Lord runs the local inn, which doesn't get a lot of business because Carson City is the busiest settlement in the area. Pyong Lien Chang, his wife Lu Wan Chang, and his son Fu Yien Chang are immigrants from China, and they own Chang's Market. Other residents include Old Fred, Brick Walters, Stony Walters, Big Horse Johnson, Soggy, miner Juan Pedilla, and Christine's friend Tecopa. When a hot spring causes four eggs to hatch, several men who work in the silver mine are killed by whatever hatched from the eggs. Everyone is too terrified to enter the mine. No one wants to risk their lives, even if shutting down the mine would mean the death of the town. With the mine shut down, the mine's owner, Hiram Gummer, arrives in the area from Philadelphia to investigate. Juan acts as Hiram's guide. As it turns out, each egg hatched a Graboid, but 1889 was about 100 ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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Rated PG-13 for creature violence and gore | See all certifications »

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2 January 2004 (USA)  »

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Tremors 4  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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The main theme uses the same first four notes as the theme from Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), only three notes higher. See more »


When the townspeople are battling the final Graboid, it is horizontal and laying fully above ground. But in one shot, it switches to being vertical, with only its top half above ground. Then it switches back. See more »


Juan Padilla: You always had everything, didn't you?
Hiram Gummer: Several of everything.
Juan Padilla: I just like to get one of something.
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Follows Tremors II: Aftershocks (1996) See more »

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Yet another treat for the "Graboid"-fans !
1 May 2004 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Man, I love the Tremors-franchise like Winnie the Pooh loves his honey! After four films and a TV-series (which regretfully didn't got aired in my country), I still think these giant underground worms are the total definition of coolness! And therefore, I really feel like this entry is made for me and homogeneous souls exclusively. If you think the original Tremors was one of the most entertaining monster comedies ever made, and you even got hooked on the sequels…you'll certainly have a great time while watching this fourth installment. If you thought Tremors was only so-so and the sequels atrocious…well then, you'll absolutely loath number 4 as well. Which is fine by me too but don't go bashing it then, neither.

I think the Tremors-series depends on one major advantage… Every chapter in the series is put together by more or less the same film crew. Brent Maddock and S.S. Wilson are the creative thinkers behind the idea ever since the first film. And each and every single time, they try to uphold the originality aspects and add some ingenious twists to the nature of these lovely monsters. The first three episodes, for example, describe the Graboid's entire reproduction cycle. Tremors 4 actually is a prequel and takes us back to the Wild West, Nevada 1889. Michael Gross, the trigger-happy hero from all the previous entries stars as his own ancestor who's the owner of a Silver mine. Hiram Gummer has the exact opposite character of his great grandson at first, but you can slowly see his personality forming itself. The idea and structure of Tremors 4 is pretty risky, but I think it works and true fans will have a great time searching for the numerous references towards later adventures. Enjoy!!

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