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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.

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Ron Underwood

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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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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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Thrilling,suspenseful and spectacular monster movie with likable duo starring
4 June 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Nevada desert ,around village named Perfection are happening mysterious deeds.There live a small misfit group(Michael Gross,McEntire,Tony Genaro,Charlotte Stewart,Victor Wong,among others).A pair handyman(Kevin Bacon ,Fred Ward)find a university graduate(Finn Carter) and appear spontaneously a fearsome wormlike burrow surrounding of them.The Perfection inhabitants are besieged by the giant killers predators with several tongues.Then they battle against the West's more creepy beasts that savagely stalking its prey ,the human bunch and developing a bloodthirsty hunger for men eating.The trio protagonist comes out through desolate plateu where are roaming while must to save them.

This is an enjoyable and amusing juvenile romp,campy fun,quite entertaining and slickly shot.Bemusing old-fashioned, fantasy-adventure from updating adaptation of 50s and 60s monster movies.The film relies heavily about sympathetic relationship both protagonists: Bacon and Ward.An ambitious production,interesting as movie and hokey FX .Graboids deliver the goods with hair-rising suspense and grisly chills when the weird creatures emerge from underground.It's remarkable for special effects -made by Animatronics,no computer generator like the sequels- recreating the carnivorous and ferocious monsters .It's followed by inferior movies aimed to video rental market: ¨Aftershock¨(S.S.Wilson)again with Fred Ward; ¨III Back to Perfection¨with Charlotte Stewart and Ariana Richards and TV series with Gladys Jimenez,Victor Browne,Marcia Strassman and as always Michael Gross.The essential particularities from the sequels are : A remote and desert location named Perfection ,a solitary small village with a small group pitting horrible Graboids and of course the usual presence of Michael Gross as Burt Gummer,besides all are produced by Brent Maddock,Ron Underwood and S.S Wilson.The motion picture is recommended for horror-action enthusiastic that will find pretty spectacular scenes and some humor and their appetite for gruesome shots will be satisfied.Rating : Better than average and entertaining.


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