Tremors (1990)

Tremors (1990) directed by Ron Underwood, written by S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock and Ron Underwood, starring Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross, Reba McEntire 

The little town of Perfection is one of those ironically named places, as it is pretty far from being anything near perfect. There it sits, a town in a middle of a desert, with only a handful of people living there, so if your take on perfection is desert sand, the sun, little to no neighbours and almost isolation from the rest of the world, then yeah, I guess it might be perfection. Otherwise not so much,

Valentine (Bacon) and Earl (Ward) are two handymen, who are sick and tired of Perfection. They're the two who do almost every shitty job there's to do there and they're starting to get tired of that. At the same time they're planning on leaving, a new seismologist from the University, Rhonda (Carter), has started to notice some strange tremors on her equipment. It doesn't take long for the ball to start rolling from there, as soon Valentine and Earl find a local drunk dead from a powerline tower and a local sheep farmer buried dead from his field and all of his sheep eaten. And to make things worse, the only road to the only city with police gets cut off by a rockfall.


The things causing all the havoc is the subterranean species of worm-like creatures. They burrow deep into the ground and sense any tremors caused by people or animal and attack ravenously immediately towards anything. And obviously, they are also smart as hell.

Tremors is one of those intentionally bit cheesy, comedic horror movies. It's not only filled with a good amount of creature effects, which look very nice by the way, but also with a cast of funny or annoying characters, just what you'd expect from a movie like this. Two stand out characters in the cast are in my opinion the survivalist couple Burt (Gross) and Heather (McEntire), who manage to shred one worm into pieces with a sheer amount of firepower at their disposal.

If you are looking for a serious horror movie, then Tremors isn't what you're looking for. It's unapologetically a b-movie through and through. It aims to be a fun ride and it manages to be that to the end.

So if you are in a mood for a solid b-flick with surprisingly good special effects and a couple of good laughs, then Tremors isn't a bad choice.





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