Earl Bassett, now a washed-up ex-celebrity, is hired by a Mexican oil company to eradicate a Graboid epidemic that's killing more people each day. However, the humans aren't the only one with a new battle plan.
The new sequel finds Burt Gummer, who's dying from Graboid poison, and his son Travis at a remote research station in Canada's Nunavut Territory, where they must go up against a new batch of Graboids to save Burt's life.
Don Michael Paul
Alistair Moulton Black,
Paul du Toit
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
The town set was built in about two months. See more »
When the tractor 'decoy' is deployed, there are only two Graboids left in the valley and both are clearly chasing the tractor (Nancy even states: "This one's going too!"), yet there seems to be a third Graboid still stalking Burt's compound outside the town. However, in an earlier scene it takes a Graboid 1.5 minutes to go from Walter's store to Burt's basement. The tractor scene starts at least 2 minutes (could be several minutes longer because there is a scene cut in the middle) after the last sighting of the creature near the compound (when it destroyed Burt's truck), so it had more than enough time to get back to the town. It makes perfect sense for it to return, by the way - it clearly realized that humans won't be able to escape without the truck so there is no need to stay put. See more »
[Melvin has a Graboid snake tongue wrapped around his neck]
It's got me! It's got me!
[Melvin bursts into laughter. Everyone realizes he was playing a joke]
Damn it, Melvin!
[gets in Melvin's face and Melvin stops laughing]
You came that close, too close. No more games.
Melvin, one of these days, somebody's gonna kick your ass.
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The Italian version features an error in the cast names during the end credits, listing Burt Gummer as being played by Reba McEntire instead of Michael Gross. Reba McEntire played Burt's wife, Heather. See more »
This movie caught me by surprise: I worked in a video store, and one day we got a preview tape of this movie, prior to its video release. I hadn't heard much about it, so I watched it, and was quite surprised at how enjoyable it was. Since then, I have seen the movie about ten more times (at least), and still get a kick out of it.
Tremors is basically a landlocked variation on 'Jaws' and those 1950s giant bug movies: the isolated town of Perfection, Nevada (population 16), finds itself under seige by four monstrous, subterranean wormlike creatures, that hunt by sensing vibrations in the ground. The plot revolves around the townspeople trying to outwit and escape the creatures (dubbed 'Graboids'), which are tearing the town out from under them.
What really makes the movie work is the characters: all of them come across as real people trapped in an insane situation, and all have a lot of charisma, even though the film doesn't have tons of character development. Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward are a hoot as a pair of low-rent handymen who become reluctant heroes. The byplay between the two is a lot of fun.
Usually movies like this revolve around stupid people doing stupid things, just to raise the body count. Tremors is different: the characters react believably, and do smart things to try and escape and/or kill the Graboids. The creatures too are also fairly smart, and are not just mindless eating machines with no brains.
Given its premise, Tremors is not a gory or violent film (although it has a couple of minor gross bits), and has a very good sense of humor. The film-makers are aware of their far-fetched premise (a couple of key questions go unanswered), but they treat it with respect and a certain amount of affection.
Tremors didn't have much life in theaters, but has become something of a 'Midnight Movie' on home video, with definite cult possibilities. Check it out, and don't be surprised if you end up buying it.
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