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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The ultimate underground movie. It will leave you legless! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The original screenplay included an additional Perfection resident: Viola, a nagging and hateful old lady who mostly stayed to herself. She also had an aggressive rottweiler that barked constantly. She meets her demise during the first attack, when a graboid breaks through the floor of her house and eats her off-screen. It has never been officially stated as to why her character was excluded from the film. See more »

Goofs

Many times during the movie someone will make a noise close to the ground and nothing tries to eat them. However, there are only four of the creatures and it is a big valley. Just because someone is making noise does not mean a creature will immediately appear and try to eat them. They may be off eating Miguel's cattle or in some other location in the valley too far to get there in time. See more »

Quotes

Valentine McKee: [speaking to Burt over a radio and is trying to tell him about the monsters] Burt, it's under the ground! It's an underground monster!
Burt Gummer: [over the radio, as a monster comes through his rec room wall] Jesus Chri...!
[transmission turns to static]
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Balto (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Why Not Tonight
Written by Nancy Montgomery, David Stringfellow and John Vezner
Performed by Reba McEntire
Courtesy of MCA Records
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User Reviews

Has 'cult classic' written all over it.
11 March 2001 | by Wez-1See all my reviews

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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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

Gross USA:

$16,667,084

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,667,084
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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