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Tremors

Published January 31, 2021

Tremors

Film info

  • Title Tremors
  • Director Ron Underwood
  • Year 1990
  • Run time 1hr 36m
  • Genres Comedy, Horror, Action
  • Tagline The monster movie that breaks new ground

Just as Val McKee and Earl Bassett decide to leave Perfection, Nevada, strange rumblings prevent their departure. With the help of a shapely seismology student, they discover their desolate town is infested with gigantic man-eating creatures that live below the ground. The race is on to overcome these slimy subterraneans and find a way to higher ground.

Live blog

TimeComment
3:32His aim with the hammer is about as good as a Stormtroopers.
7:15You can’t have a city with a population of 14!
8:36“We plan ahead, that way we don’t do anything right now.”
16:36Why is it always them discovering stuff?
23:10It was more scary when we didn’t know what it was.
26:54Photos with the snake monster. People are so stupid.
29:13I like that they use rock-paper-scissors for pretty much every decision, and don’t quibble it.
35:42“Hey, check this out, I found the ass end!”
44:28How is she driving with her legs sticking out the back?
47:14Oh god, the pogo stick.
52:43This movie has such a weird tone, horror, rom-com, who knows?
59:52Jeez louise, Reba has some guns.
1:01:25“Broke into the wrong god-damn rec room.”
1:12:32I mean, it’s a good plan but she’s on the water tower still.
1:16:37Aww, sad realisation! They planned for everything but these monsters.
1:19:50This is an awesome woman - scientist, athletic, clever, and swears.
1:29:45Stampede callback!

Thoughts

I believe this to be one of those films that isn’t great but earns itself a cult following and is therefore beloved. I can totally see that. I really liked the camaradarie between Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward, and the tone of the movie is great, a little bit horror but quite a lot more comedy.

I think the reason it misses the mark for me is that there could be a really good film in here - the premise is great, but the monsters are just ridiculous. There’s a moment where the doomsday couple realise they had planned for everything except attack from underground and I think there’s so much potential terror in there… but it’s just one fleeting moment in the movie.

Anyway it was very entertaining but I don’t know if I can say it was actually good.

Rating: 2 / 5

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