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Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Horror | Video 2 January 2004
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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Did You Know?


Michael Gross was the only person to appear in all five "Tremors" movies. In Tremors (1990), Tremors II: Aftershocks (1996), Tremors 3: Back to Perfection (2001) and Tremors 5: Bloodlines (2015), he played Burt Gummer. In Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (2004), he played Hiram Gummer, an ancestor of Burt Gummer. See more »


In the scene where Tecopa kills a graboid with a saw, when the graboid hits the saw, it strongly bends. in the next shot, when blood is pouring, the saw is looking straight again. 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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Fresh meat and lots of fun for graboidsfans!
26 January 2004 | by (Oxelösund, Sweden) – See all my reviews

At first, the idea of a Tremors film set in the old west might sound like a bad one. But hey, every movie has to have a prequel these days, right? Tremors 4 is definitely one of the better of these prequels made recently. It actually manages to bring something new to the franchise, something that feels somewhat fresh and that doesn't necessarily build on clichés, although it does have it's share.

Michael Gross is back as usual, which is a great thing, cause it just wouldn't feel like a Tremors film without him. Gross plays Hiram Gummer, the great grandfather of Burt Gummer of the previous films. What's interesting about this is the fact that Hiram is quite the opposite of Burt. Hiram doesn't know how to handle a gun, which is why he has to hire a gunman to do the job. This is one of the most refreshing parts of the film: The arrival of Black Hand Kelly, played brilliantly by Billy Drago. This guy is so cool that I half expected him to pop up out of the ground and save everyone towards the end. The fact that the previous films, with the possible exception of the original, has had such a limited range of characters somewhat gives away the fact that these are low budget films. Here, it doesn't show that easily.

I like the details put into both plot and action of this film. Take for instance the bicycle ridden by Hiram, the crazy car/train hybrid used for one of the killings (of graboids that is) or the long saw stuck into the ground for that matter. The piano they didn't want to leave behind but were forced to give up (at first) adds another layer of humanity to the history of the characters.

The new species of graboid related baddies this time around is the infant baby size graboid that, when flying through the air, reminds me of Tuck and Roll in Pixar's classic A Bug's Life. Hilarious! Strange how fast they grow though. It must be very hard to grow at all under ground!

The only thing I came to think of during the course of the film, that I didn't particularly like was the miniature shot of the graboid bursting out of the ground under a bridge and then entering the ground on the other side. It looks fake and should have been left out of the finished product. I get the idea and it could have been a great shot, but it's all jerky and you can tell that the graboid's suspended by wires.

So what's up for Tremors fans next? Tremors: The TV Series on DVD would be a real treat, but will that ever happen as the series been canceled? Why not a Tremors remake then? One made with a budget of well over $100M and with CGI graboids? Who wouldn't want to see that?

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