Tremors

1990 • 96 minutes
4.6
979 reviews
86%
Tomatometer
14A
Rating
Eligible
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Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward are in a fight for their lives when they discover that their desolate town has been infested with gigantic man-eating creatures that live below the ground!
4.6
979 reviews
Kyle Vansteelandt
April 21, 2021
I know what makes a good creature feature, and as far as I know, using stereotypical human characters that are brainless and heartless about nature and using apex predators or any creature that lives in their habitat and lives on our planet and killing them is a terrible concept and an overused one at that. In this creature feature, It's about two workman named Valentine McKee (Kevin Bacon) and Earl Bassett (Fred Ward) who are tired of working in Perfection, Nevada. They decided to skip town, but one day, they have noticed something very strange and disturbing; the bloody deaths of humans are rising. The prime suspect is a monstrous sandworm called a Graboid (there are more than one). As the people know their behaviors and features, they have to come up with a strategy and use teamwork to get rid of these marauding monsters. The former of "Tremors" made me realize that this simple film has a highly captivating premise, and the genre of this film is a science-fiction horror comedy like "Little Shop of Horrors." I am already engrossed by this. As a result, the execution of this whole film by Brent Maddock and S.S. Wilson (the producers and writers) and Ron Underwood (the director and co-writer) truly delivers what it promises with delightfully successful benefits and I had a lot of fun. I am satisfied how these filmmakers approach this enterprise; the characterizations are bursting with personalities; Kevin Bacon was fantastic as Valentine with his dry, audacious, twang-voiced performance. As a character, he has some very clever wits; one at the beginning that I find utterly witty, and there are two times when he rants towards the sandworms is very funny because of how Ron Underwood directed it. Rhonda Lebeck (Finn Carter) is a heroine who has scientific knowledge and she also has clever wits that matches Valentine's. I enjoyed experiencing the moments involving a mischievous college student named Melvin (Bobby Jacoby) and Earl Bassett (Fred Ward). I also love the idea where Valentine and Earl play rock paper scissors to decide who is right and who is wrong, who gets to do the dare and who doesn't. I have got to talk about the antagonists: The Graboids are the quintessential movie moneters, because of their grotesque appearances, their menacing behaviors, their wicked ways of killing people, and their intimidating features that set them apart, including their intelligence. That is what makes them so frightening. A Graboid is a type of giant sandworm, and the word sandworm made me think about that monstrous sandworm from "Beetlejuice," and that's also a very scary creature. I am terrified of giant sandworms now. I admired the full-bodied music score by Ernest Troost because it's sprightly, very fitting, and it's one of the assets that makes the execution so effective. To conclude: Thanks to the dynamic performances (alongside the likable characterizations), and the grotesque Graboids that are the most horribly extraordinary movie monsters ever, "Tremors" is a fast-paced, brilliant, and very entertaining creature feature that relishes in it's own genre and it's simplicity. Suitable for teens age 13+ Highly Recommended.
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Jamie Gibbs
May 14, 2020
Terrific 80s"Sleeper"creature feature. Initially, this came out of nowhere. At the time of its release, Science Fiction was doing either ALIENS or Abyss knockoffs. Horror was all but burnt out, just like Freddy Kruegers crispy face. Remakes of 50s genre classics were about to go bye bye as well: The Thing, Invaders from Mars, The Fly, & The Blob. Tremors falls into this category imo. Not a remake but a total homage to the monster thrills of the 50s, with some great 80s gore and humor tossed in💯
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Geoffrey Kason
December 20, 2015
This movie is still good, reminds me of when I first saw it, so long ago(I think I was 13 then). Anyways, it was made in a way to minimize costs and try and come up with the best movie; good acting (even to today's standards), with minimal actual monster effects. Therefore it saves a lot of time and money for special effects teams. So don't be discouraged to watch some thing like this, I highly recommend it if you like action/horror movies.
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