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Tremors 3: Back to Perfection (Video 2001) Poster

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Mary Gross, sister of Michael Gross, plays a small part in this movie as the mom who has the line "Thank you, Mr. Goober". She is listed in the credits as "Tourist Mom".
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In the scene involving the tourist mother and son conversing with Burt Gummer, the boy asks for his picture to be taken with 'the tremor', playing on a common misconception that the title 'Tremors' was also the name of the creatures despite the fact they are actually referred to as 'graboids' in the previous films.
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Uses footage from Tremors (1990) for some of the Graboids scenes.
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In 2001, a Tremors video game was announced to be in production. Being developed by Rock Solid Games, Tremors: The Game was said to be an third person survival horror action shooter that also incorporated heavy open map sandbox style game play elements as well. Set for a December 2003 release on PS2, Xbox, Gamecube, and PC, the game was quietly canceled in the summer of 2003 due to a "lack of fan base for the game" and fears that the game would severely under-perform. Little is known about the game, except actors Michael Gross, Frank Welker, Keith David, and Shawn Christian have all said to have completed at least a good portion of their voice acting, and several character, vehicle, and monster models have been released online. Other than that, barely anything is known about what the game would've involved, and no test footage of the game has ever been released.
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El Blanco is a nod to Moby Dick by Herman Melville, an old, albino whale, whose behavior was unusual for his species. This is confirmed by Burt's comment when he first sees the El Blanco, "Call me Ishmael." However, in an inverted parallelism to Moby Dick, who was an aggressive specimen of a naturally passive species, El Blanco is a passive specimen of a naturally aggressive species. Also, in the novel it is Captain Ahab who pursues Moby Dick, while in this case El Blanco pursues Burt.
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When Burt is in Chang's Market talking to Jodi he says: 'Are you trying to turn this valley into a theme park?', to which Jodi responds: 'Well, it worked for your friends Earl and Grady!'. This refers to Grady's ideas for a Graboid-related theme park in Tremors II: Aftershocks (1996). Her comment also confirms that Earl and Grady did indeed open such an attraction.
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For pacing and budgetary reasons, a lot of Shrieker action was cut from the middle of the script. Ultimately, Shriekers only appear in the opening scene, as well as their shed husks later in the film.
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The next "Tremors" project following this movie was the thirteen-episode TV series starring Michael Gross, which picked up where this movie left off.
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Jodi has some comics in stock: Graboids, Shriekers, and finally Graboids vs. Shriekers. To complete the shout-out, these parody comics are attributed to Dark Horse Comics.
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At 104 minutes, this is the longest Tremors movie.
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First tremors film in which Burt Gummer is the main character Michael Gross would repeat this trend for the next three tremors films and TV show.
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Michael Grosss favorite Tremors movie of his own.
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Some of the graboids were created using CGI which was the first time a Tremors film had to use CGI to make a Graboid. The graboid seen in the previous films were full size puppets and 1/4 scale miniatures. Some of the Shrieker seen in Tremors 3 were also CGI as well as some of the Shriekers seen in Tremors 2 Aftershocks (1996) however due to software compatibility problems the Shrieker CGI for the second film could not be used again. Instead new digital models were created by HimAnl Productions using laser scans of existing physical models, which were used in the second film created by Amalgamated Dynamics.
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John Pappas (Agent Charlie Rusk) previously played the road worker Carmine in Tremors (1990) who gets eaten by a Graboid, in this he gets eaten offscreen by a Shrieker.
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The Graboid arcade-game prop from the second film makes a reappearance in Jodi's shop.
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Second time a Graboid dies by slamming into concrete (when a Graboid slams into the concrete outside of Burt's compound); first time was in Tremors (1990) when the first Graboid killed slams into the side of a concrete adeduct canal.
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Jodi gives the Assblasters their names, similar to her uncle Walter in the first film who gave the graboids their name before he got eaten.
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A running gag in Tremors 2 and 3 is that Burt will be completely prepared for the Graboids, only to be completely disarmed as a result of a previously unknown aspect of graboid biology. In Tremors 2, he arrives in Mexico with an army truck full of weapons and ammunition, only to exhaust it all (save for his anti-tank gun) fighting off the newly evolved Shriekers. In Tremors 3, Burt's graboid-proof home/bunker is completely defenseless against the new ass blasters. After he unnecessarily detonates it along with his amassed food stores and weapons (see below), he is stunned that after all his planning, he ends up as a refugee. Another running gag in the same two movies is that Burt's plans against the creatures only end up aiding them. In Tremors 2, Burt lures a pack of shriekers to a warehouse and traps them inside, only to find out that it is filled with sweets for the shriekers to eat, and reproduce. In Tremors 3, after an ass blaster invades his house, Burt detonates it to destroy his food stores along with the creature and prevent the same from happening again, but Nancy informs him that eating too much would only make the ass blaster fall into a coma (Burt's food stores would have been the best weapon against the creatures).
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One of the comics on the store's rack is "Graboids vs. Shriekers" foreshadowing the ending. Desert Jack uses Burt's watch to bait El Blanco into eating the last Ass-blaster.
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The only film in the series to be rated PG and not PG-13. This is somewhat humorous, considering the large number of times the term "ass blaster" is repeated.
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At the video premiere award show in 2001 Michael Gross won the Award for best actor for his work in this film he added "It's nice to return to this community, and the actors retain their wit and sparkle. The production values are substantially lower, some of the jokes are recycled, and the grand finale is lackluster, but there's still an underlying affection for these characters, even those doggone wormies and their precarious situation. All in all, taken for what it is, this movie is worth a gander.
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No Shriekers appear on-screen in Perfection throughout the movie. Although many of them are featured at the beginning in Argentina, in Perfection, despite the fact that they are mentioned several times and even kill the government scientists, they are never actually seen besides the husk one of them left behind after metamorphing into an Ass Blaster.
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Burt uses a multi-shot DefTech 37mm launcher (similar to the ones featured in RoboCop 3 and CliffHanger) to illuminate a proper killing zone for the approaching shrieker herd. This is one of the rare instances where the launcher is actually seen firing its proper flare munitions, rather than explosive rounds, as it is often portrayed.
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Director Brent Maddock named the scientist Andrew Merliss, after an actual doctor he had been friends with in college. His intention was to reestablish contact with his old friend who he had not seen for several years. They have since encountered each other again and are still great friends. "Brent is one of the smartest and funniest guys I've ever known, and I hope that if more films in this series are made he will name some of the characters after other members of my family...if there's no Dr. Andrew Merliss Jr. that is."
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Burt is still using his vanity plate from the first movie - UZI 4U.
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In the first film, Burt made reference to being "Eminent Domained" out of Perfection if a geology student found oil or uranium or something in the valley. Come the third film, and the residents risk being "Eminent Domained" out due to Graboids.
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Burts machine gun is a Ruger Mini-14/Muzzelite MZ14 Bullpup.
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Miguel makes a fishing line out of a stick and dental floss, saying he saw it in an episode of MacGyver. Screenplay writer John Whelpley wrote five episodes of MacGyver.
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For the scene where Burt throws a homemade bomb into the Shrieker canyon, the original plan was for him to use the cannon mentioned in the first film.
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Burt is shown using a Colt AR-15 SP1 fitted with A2 handguards during target practice in his indoor basement shooting range shortly before El Blanco shows up outside.
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Jodi's rifle is a a .308 chambered Ruger M77 bolt-action rifle with scope with the discontinued "boat stock paddle".
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Desert Jack's handgun is a Magnum Research Inc. Mark I Desert Eagle in .357 Magnum.
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Burt uses two .50 caliber Browning M2HB machine guns in an M45 quadmount system to kill around the 300 Shriekers in the beginning.
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In the trailer, the character of Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) is referred to as Bert Gummer.
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Through a very short dialogue at the beginning of the movie, we learn that Earl and Grady, the two main characters from the previous movie, found success in opening a graboid-themed amusement park, as they were discussing throughout the movie.
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Statler, Rusk, and Merliss play a similar role to Dr. Wren from Aliens: Resurrection, Dr. Wimmer and Professor Lowe from Jason X, and Gordon Russell from Freddy vs. Jason: Nightmare Warriors; all want to make money off of the supernatural villain or monster by studying them, despite endangering the lives of civilians (though Statler at least made plans to evacuate Perfection should things get out of control, whereas Wimmer was perfectly willing to risk the lives of civilians if Jason escaped) and are ultimately killed by the very thing they wished to study. Also, all except Wren are government officials or scientists, whereas Wren is a military scientist.
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The first scene filmed was the scene at the junkyard, where Jack, Burt, and Jodi duck for cover as an Ass-Blaster chases after them.
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The film is rated PG rather than PG-13 likely because it was forgotten to add the "-13" in. If so it seems odd that in 2 decades the mistake has not been fixed.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Introduces a new step in the graboid metamorphosis: the ass-blaster, an aptly named bipedal creature similar to the shrieker in the sense that it uses the same heatseeking organs to hunt. However, it has the ability to glide through the air using gastric acids that ignite the oxygen when combined. This might be an inadvertent nod to two lines Val says in the first Tremors film. Before the inhabitants of Perfection realize that the tentacle snakes are actually part of a bigger creature, Val says "shit, for all you know they can fly!" After Val leads the last graboid into the ravine at the end of the film he screams "can you fly, you sucker?"
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