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Tremors (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Horror | 19 January 1990 (USA)
Natives of a small isolated town defend themselves against strange underground creatures which are killing them one by one.

Director:

Ron Underwood

Writers:

S.S. Wilson (story), Brent Maddock (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Valentine McKee
Fred Ward ... Earl Bass
Finn Carter ... Rhonda LeBeck
Michael Gross ... Burt Gummer
Reba McEntire ... Heather Gummer
Robert Jayne ... Melvin Plug (as Bobby Jacoby)
Charlotte Stewart ... Nancy
Tony Genaro ... Miguel
Ariana Richards ... Mindy
Richard Marcus ... Nestor
Victor Wong ... Walter Chang
Sunshine Parker ... Edgar
Michael Dan Wagner Michael Dan Wagner ... Old Fred
Conrad Bachmann ... Jim - The Doctor
Bibi Besch ... Megan - The Doctor's Wife
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Storyline

A small town gradually becomes aware of a strange creature which picks off people one by one. But what is this creature, and where is it? At the same time, a seismologist is working in the area, she detects _tremors_. The creature lives underground, and can 'pop up' without warning. Trapped in their town, the town-folk have no escape. Written by Rob Hartill

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The monster movie that breaks new ground. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Land Sharks See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,731,520, 21 January 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,667,084

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,572,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Chang is partially swallowed by the Graboid, it swerves back and forth before drawing back under the ground. It's almost identical to the scene near the end of Jaws where Quint slides into the mouth of the giant shark and it swings back and forth with him in its mouth before sliding back into the water. See more »

Goofs

When Rhonda and Earl climb out of the flood channel after the first graboid is killed, Rhonda's backpack falls off her shoulder. When the camera cuts to another angle, it's on her back again. See more »

Quotes

Earl Bassett: They must be long gone by now.
Valentine McKee: Yeah. Hey, why don't you go take a little stroll and find out?
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Alternate Versions

DVD version has several deleted scenes. The first scene shows the old farmer running from unseen Graboids after they have killed his horse. Another scene shows Val and Earl in their truck debating talking and driving. The next scene shows Earl trying to calm down the little girl while they are in the bulldozer. The next scene shows the reason why Val went back for Rhonda, his lighter. See more »

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Cult Movies 18
4 January 1999 | by TYLERdurden74See all my reviews

18. TREMORS (SCI-fiction, 1990) Welcome to Perfection, Nevada. Population: a couple. Opportunities: none. That's why handymen Val (Kevin Bacon) and Earl (Fred Ward) have always planned to leave town. And this time they mean it. Suddenly a series of bizarre killings prevent them from leaving. With the help of a seismology student, they discover giant-worm like creatures living under the desert sand. Now their goal is to leave town in one piece.

Critique: Lighthearted horror, sci-fi, comedy 'mish-mash' has an interesting premise, oddball characters, and wonderfully ferocious action. As our embattled heroes struggle to survive against the relentless creatures, the battle of wits that ensues becomes inventive and exciting.

The film shares strange similarities with Spielberg's legendary 'Jaws'. As the suspense and body count mount, the threatening desert sand (water) becomes an infinite playground for the bloodthirsty worms (sharks), as they use scare tactics against their unbeknown victims (swimmers). Not knowing where they will strike next, people tiptoe their way across town trying not to alert the creatures. It all makes for 'TREMEndous' fun.


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