Tremors

Tremors

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Director: Ron Underwood, Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter

Cast: Ron Underwood, Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter

     
 

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Tremors is actually two movies in one. On its own terms, it's an enjoyable modern sci-fi horror-thriller, with good pacing and a sense of humor; but it's also a loving tribute to such 1950s low-budget desert-based sci-fi-horror films like Them!, It Came From Outer Space, Tarantula, and The Monolith Monsters. Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward

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Tremors is actually two movies in one. On its own terms, it's an enjoyable modern sci-fi horror-thriller, with good pacing and a sense of humor; but it's also a loving tribute to such 1950s low-budget desert-based sci-fi-horror films like Them!, It Came From Outer Space, Tarantula, and The Monolith Monsters. Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward are the stars, a pair of small-town handymen living in a small desert community, who stumble upon several difficult-to-explain phenomena, including a couple of people who've died under extremely strange (and, in one instance, very grisly) circumstances. Eventually, they and a handful of their neighbors find the cause: gigantic prehistoric worm-like creatures that streak under the desert the way fish swim through oceans, reaching up and grabbing anything they need for food. Cut off from the outside world, they have to figure out how to get across the desert alive while these creatures -- that are smart as well as fast -- close in on them, stalking them like monster sharks. The film benefits from the presence of special effects that are good enough to pull this all off, keeping the shock value high, and also from a subtly humorous script and performances to match by the entire cast, and director Ron Underwood's breezy pacing of the whole picture.

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Tremors is a refreshing, energetic, genre-bending farce which pays homage to 1950s B-movies the likes of The Blob (1958), Them! (1954), and Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954). Working from a clever script, director Ron Underwood perfectly captures the dim, pulpy tone of the horror-adventures, without ever resorting to patronizing parody. Tremors retains enough of the genre's conventions to make the film work on a genuinely suspenseful level -- he elicits effective B-movie thrills while poking fun at them. A good deal of credit for the wry tone should go to Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward, who deliver marvelously whimsical, "straight" performances as the film's bumpkin heroes. The special effects and stunts are impressive: despite their intentional preposterousness, the giant worms are appropriately scary. The film was enough of a cult hit to warrant a direct-to-video sequel in 1995, named Tremors II: Aftershocks.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2010
UPC:
0025192067914
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Universal Studios
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
5,117

Special Features

The making of Tremors; Outtakes; Featurette; Star profiles: Kevin Bacon, Michael Gross and Reba McEntire; D-box motion enabled; Blu-ray exclusive: Access the BD-Live center through your internet-connected Blu-ray player and get even more bonus content, the lastest trailers and more!

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Bacon Valentine McKee
Fred Ward Earl Basset
Finn Carter Rhonda LeBeck
Michael Gross Burt Gummer
Reba McEntire Heather Gummer
Bobby Jacoby Melvin Plug
Victor Wong Walter Chang
Charlotte Stewart Nancy
Tony Genaro Miguel
Ariana Richards Mindy
Richard Marcus Nestor
Sunshine Parker Edgar
Michael Dan Wagner Old Fred
Conrad Bachmann Jim, The Doctor
Bibi Besch Megan, The Doctor's Wife
John Goodwin Howard, Roadworker
John Pappas Carmine, Roadworker
Ernest Troost Conductor

Technical Credits
Ron Underwood Director,Original Story
O. Nicholas Brown Editor
Ellen Collett Associate Producer
Debra Combs Set Decoration/Design
Ivo Cristante Production Designer
Pam Dixon Casting
Robert Folk Score Composer
Alexander Gruszynski Cinematographer
Gale Anne Hurd Executive Producer
Gary Jensen Stunts
Brent Maddock Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Donald Maskovich Art Director
Abigail Murray Costumes/Costume Designer
Martin Schaer Cinematographer
Flying Fabrizi Sisters Makeup
Ernest Troost Score Composer
Gene Warren Special Effects
S.S. Wilson Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter

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Tremors 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought Tremors was a good movie. Before watching it I thought it would be a dumb flick. Come on now, man-eating worms, it had all the makings for a really bad movie. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that the movie was actually very entertaining. The story line was unique and the acting added to the suspense. Tremors is not just a regular scary movie, it also hadsome pretty humorous scenes.I would recommend this movie to anyone looking for an entertaining flick.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movies ''Tremors 1 2 and 3'' are some of the best movies on TV. Though its been a while since I've seen the movie, I have been watching the series on SciFi at 8:00 pm on Fridays.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a funny, cleverly-written film this is! The old genre of those wonderful old monster films has been revived in ''Tremors'' written by Brent Maddock and S.S. Wilson. The dialogue is laugh-out-loud funny in places, as they say. The whole story seems almost bizarrely plausible -- wormlike creatures threaten an isolated desert community of somewhat oddball characters. Is this a commentary on our Age of Anxiety? An environmental comment as Nature strikes back? Who knows and who really cares as the characterizations are right-on and the dialogue is funny. The portrayals of desert rat characters are the best part of the film. ''Tremors'' has become something of a minor cult favorite. And, it's not so scary young people couldn't enjoy it although the slimy grossness of the characters gets a little . . . umm, gross and intense at times. The best thing I can say about ''Tremors'' is that unlike most low-budget films, you can watch this a second time and really enjoy it. There's a sequel, ''Tremors 2,'' also on video which is nearly as good. Rent it, buy it, enjoy it in a dark room with a big ol' tub of buttered popcorn.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Top Quality! If your considering buying Tremors, then do it right now. It's got everything comedy, horror and top quality characters. Not much more to be said really except, watch it right now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago