Review: “Tremors” (Film)

2014 Artwork Tremors review sketch

Well, since I haven’t reviewed anything for a while – I thought that I’d take another look at an old movie called “Tremors“. My dad recommended this film to me when I was a teenager and I vaguely remember watching it on VHS (anyone remember that?) back then.

If my memory serves me correctly, I quite liked it back then – although I slightly preferred the second “Tremors” movie.

Still, after hearing about it again recently, I decided to take another look at it to see whether I’d still like it now that I’m a bit older. And, no, I didn’t like it – I loved it!

“Tremors” is an absolutely hilarious monster movie from the early 90s which stars Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward as Val and Earl, two handymen in a small desert town in Nevada which has suddenly come under siege from a horde of giant flesh-eating underground worm-creatures called “graboids”.

Along with a geology student called Rhonda and the rest of the town, Val and Earl have to find a way to stop the monsters before everyone is eaten…

First of all, I cannot overstate just how funny this movie is. When I watched it back when I was a teenager, I was kind of expecting a horror movie – so most of the humour in it went completely over my head.

But, watching it again, I couldn’t stop laughing for at least the first half hour or so. Seriously, this film is worth watching for the hilariously stupid (yet extremely well-written) dialogue between Val and Earl alone.

The funniest character in the movie (and probably the only character to show up in all of the sequels too) is probably Burt Gummer – he’s a paranoid survivalist “gun nut” who is absolutely in his element once the town finally comes under siege by something.

Although he’s a lot funnier in the second “Tremors” movie, Burt still has some absolutely brilliant moments in “Tremors”- like in this clip.

The story in “Tremors” is fairly well-written and it moves along at a fair pace without really getting boring or predictable either. Although I’m not really a film buff, the direction in this film is pretty good too – the dramatic parts are dramatic and the suspenseful parts are suspenseful. Seriously, it’s a fun movie.

Although the special effects in “Tremors” are pretty low-budget, they work surprisingly well. The “graboid” monsters look really cool and they’re probably one of the most unique types of monsters that you’ll ever see in a cheesy “B-movie”.

Not only that, all of the other effects in the film work fairly well too and nothing ever really looks “low-budget”, if this makes sense.

Well, actually it does – but you’ll be having too much fun and laughing too much to really notice.

But, of course, the best thing about this film is that – for want of a better description – it actually has some personality to it. It isn’t the usual ninety minutes (remember when films actually had sensible running times?) of bland “entertainment” that Hollywood cranks out on a regular basis.

“Tremors” is a unique film that you’ll probably remember for quite a while after you’ve seen it – for all the right reasons. In other words, it’s a cult classic.

All in all, “Tremors” is the kind of film that everyone should watch at least once – it’s unique, it’s funny, it’s cheesy and the characters are brilliant. Yes, it’s a dumb monster movie – but it is probably the best dumb monster movie that you’ll ever see.

Seriously, the only other Hollywood monster movie I can think of which even comes close to “Tremors” is probably a film from 2001 called “Evolution“.

If I had to give “Tremors” a rating out of five, it would probably get five.

7 comments on “Review: “Tremors” (Film)

  1. Boooyah bless you, tremors was the sweetest guilty pleasure of them all! Why don’t you also review those glorious slasher teen movies where masked marauders slice and dice annoying American kids? 🙂

    • pekoeblaze says:

      Totally 🙂 Although, for some bizarre reason, I actually slightly prefer the second “Tremors” movie to the first one though. Although it’s been absolutely ages since I last watched the second one though.

      I don’t know, as amusingly cheesy horror movies go, I’m much more of a fan of zombie and/or monster movies than slasher movies though.

      Like with the superhero genre, I guess that I’ve just somehow never quite seen the point of slasher movies (eg: I didn’t realise that the characters were supposed to be annoying, I thought that this was just bad writing/acting/characterisation LOL! ). Plus, this may also be because I expected slasher movies to actually be scary when I watched some of them for the first time LOL!

      I don’t know about the only movies that are even close to slasher movies that I like are probably the “Final Destination” movies, one of two of the “Nightmare On Elm Street” movies that I’ve seen and most of the “Saw” movies (although, if I remember rightly, the second, fourth and fifth ones were kind of crappy though).

      • hehehe very very cool, tremors 2 was awesome too,9 i think fred ward’s increased chubbiness brought the AWESOME 🙂

        please don’t mistake this for vagrant promotion but i used to write about zombie/slasher/new wave of horro movies in a defunct blog mostly for myself because i knew very few who liked the same. do read it when you have the time 🙂 was lovely coming across a fellow freakzoid (in the nicest way possible)

      • pekoeblaze says:

        Totally 🙂 Plus there’s the fact that Burt had a lot more funny lines and there were several different types of monsters in the second film too.

        Thanks for the link 🙂 I’ve only had a chance to look at it briefly, but it looks pretty cool 🙂

        I don’t know, my last article about the horror genre probably bordered on being sacreligious LOL! Although I’ve got a couple of articles about horror fiction/art planned for October and November, if I remember rightly (I’ve just checked, I’ve got an article about splatterpunk fiction scheduled for the 22nd of October and there will probably be a few random articles about the horror genre in November too).

        Plus, I’m also reviewing a couple of cheesy horror adventure games in October (including this absolutely terrible one called “Haunted Hotel”).

      • cheesy horror adventure games? ok you are officially very awesome 🙂 i watched the angry video game nerd’s review of haunted hotel but this kind of stuff needs the written word. really look forward to the reviews comrade :).

      • pekoeblaze says:

        Thanks 🙂 The games I’ll be reviewing are “Abyss: The Wraiths Of Eden” (which is more cool than scary), the first two “House Of 1000 Doors” games (the second one, unfortunately, isn’t a horror game though) and “Haunted Hotel”.

        Annoyingly, I played a few more of these games (“Twisted Lands 1&2”, “9: The Dark Side”, “Dark Ritual” and “Grim Facade: Mystery Of Venice”) earlier this year, but never got round to reviewing them.

        I suppose that they’re technically “hidden object games” rather than traditional adventure games though [mainly because I can’t even get past the first part of most old-school point-and-click adventure games without looking at a walkthrough LOL!]

        I’ve just looked on Youtube quickly and I couldn’t find an AVGN review for the game I’m reviewing – so, I’m guessing that there are a lot of games with the same title. The one I’m talking about is a game published by a company called “Big Fish” (who also publish some great games too, which made “Haunted Hotel” even more disappointing) – and it is abysmal!

        Seriously, the gameplay in “Haunted Hotel” is repetitive as hell, the writing in it is terrible and… well… I’ll save most of my cynicism for the review LOL!

      • oh noes i remember watching him review a very bad game about a haunted errr hotel. it was on CD-Rom though and one of the first, so he went soft on it kinda 🙂

        i hear ya about walkthroughs (i hate you, serious sam)

        Abyss sounds really interesting, i hadnt heard of it before 🙂 yaaaay!

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