Tremors title

Tag line : They say there's nothing new under the sun. But under the ground...

TremorsSet in the remote town of Perfection out in the Nevada desert, Val and Earl (Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward) decide to quit their menial jobs as handymen and head out of town. But fate intervenes in their departure, as with every attempt to leave they come across a string of dead bodies, dead cattle and, finally, blocked roads, which forces them to turn back.

Unable to explain who or what is behind these bizarre events, they soon get their answer when the town finds itself besieged by giant underground creatures with sharp jaws, known as "graboids", that burst out of the earth and drag people down underneath.

But with the road blocked, the townsfolk stuck up on their roofs and the creatures busy digging the buildings out from under them it seems they're gonna have one hell of job getting out alive.

Overall, this is a really fun monster movie which just has the right mix of horror, action and humour. Finn Carter is aptly cast as Rhonda, the leggy geology student, who helps Val and Earl track down the Graboid creatures and Michael Gross is hilarious as gun toting survivalist Burt Gummer. Definitely one to add to your DVD collection.

Overall marks : 7/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "The Monster movie that breaks new ground", "The ultimate underground movie, it will leave you legless".

  • The films working title was "Land Sharks".

  • Writer and producer SS Wilson apparently got the concept for the film whilst out in the California desert. Whilst resting on a rock he wondered what would happen if there were something in the sand that would prevent him from getting off it.

  • The films budget was $11,000,000.

  • The town of Perfection was actually a purpose built set, just outside of Lone Pine in the California desert.

  • The producers initially weren't interested in casting Michael Gross as Burt Gummer, owing to his association with the US series "Family Ties". However, they were so blown away by his performance in the audition, they immediately offered him the part.

  • It has been claimed that the Graboids were based on the giant worms from the film "Dune".

  • The film was only moderately successful at the US box office, however it proved to be such a huge hit on DVD, it resulted in three sequels plus a spin off TV series.

  • The original ending of the movie didn't show Val (Kevin Bacon) hooking up with Rhonda (Finn Carter), instead you see Val and Earl leaving town, then Val realising Rhonda still has his lighter, so they turn back. This ending didn't sit well with test audiences though, so it was re-filmed.

  • The film makers were actually forced to shoot most of the film in the late evening as the desert sun, combined with the heat from the film lamps, was too intense for the cast and crew to tolerate.

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