Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror Franchise – Tremors (1990)

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Plot: Natives of a small isolated town defend themselves against strange underground creatures which are killing them one by one.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Great Horror Comedy


Story: Tremors starts as we meet handymen Valentine (Bacon) and Earl (Ward) who discuss the freedom and future when they meet student Rhonda (Carter) who has been studying seismic activity in the area. When the two friends decide to leave Perfection they keep running into obstacles with dead bodies.

When we see the worm/snake like creatures in an attack we watch how Val and Earl have to travel by horse too the next town while Burt (Gross) and his wife Heather (McEntire) search for Rhonda. The town’s people must fight off the freshly named graboids who are hungry for flesh.casting

Tremors gives us the checklist needed for a great horror comedy with stereotypical characters, the community feeling and a creature they have never seen before. Mixing this all together we get to see a real mix of horror comedy that pulls us into the survival story. I will say it was good not to have a really high body count because this could easily have ended up just being one or two versus the graboids instead of the community feeling which makes this feel fresher than other survival horrors.


Actor Review


Kevin Bacon: Valentine McKee is one of the handymen, he has his ideal woman in mind while considering a planned escape from the dead end town the two live in. when the graboids turn up Val must fight them off to protect the town. Kevin is great in this role showing he can pull off comedy action.

Fred Ward: Earl Bass is the partner of Val’s who believes they should leave town too, he tries to push Val into the correct mind set and has to help fight the graboids attacking the town. Fred is an actor I always imagine in a serious role but this shows what he can do with horror comedy.

Finn Carter: Rhonda LeBeck is a geology student spending time studying the seismic activity around the small town, she learns just how many graboids they are up against and how they are hunting, using this she helps the locals try and defeat them. Finn is good in this role where we get to see a smarter female character maybe the smartest in the film.

Michael Gross: Burt Gummer along with his wife are the local gun experts, they have a collection an army would be proud off. He proves to be one of the most important man when it comes to fighting the graboids. Michael is good in this supporting role but we now he will become the star of the show soon.

Support Cast: Tremors has a good supporting cast that all do a good job in this film making us feel how close the whole community of the characters are.

Director Review: Ron UnderwoodRon gives us one of the most entertaining horror comedies of the time which feels fresh throughout.


Comedy: Tremors has good laughs which shines through in the chemistry Bacon and Ward have.

Horror: Tremors gives us a new horror creature to see in action.

Sci-Fi: Tremors uses the idea of a creature we can’t explain for the sci-fi side of the story.

Settings: Tremors keeps most of the action in and around this small town in the middle of nowhere, it also builds the idea that they are trapped creating isolation which is always needed in a horror film.
Special Effects
: Tremors uses brilliant practical effects to make the graboids a constant threat.

Suggestion: Tremors is one to watch at least, it is a fun watch throughout. (Watch)


Best Part: Bacon and Ward chemistry.

Worst Part: Hard to find something.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final act.

Funniest Scene: Nearly every scene with just Bacon and Ward.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $11 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

Tagline:  The ultimate underground movie. It will leave you legless!


Overall: One of the most entertaining creation in the horror comedy genre.