Friday, October 16, 2015

Horrors of October - Tremors

Tremors (1990)

The pitiful town of Perfection, Nevada (Population: 14) is overcome with a new menace: fast-moving underground worms that spew out dragon-headed tendrils for their mouth and swallow anything that makes a noise. TREMORS has to be one of my absolute favorite B-movies of all time, if not the best. It moves at a nice quick pace, making every scene important to the plot and keeping the excitement and thrills in high supply. Director Ron Underwood and his crew give the film a nice flare with some EVIL DEAD-inspired POV shots and plenty of crane shots that capture the desert isolation and the insignificance of Perfection's citizens. Brent Maddock and S.S. Wilson's script punches up the usual monster movie template by incorporating some great twists. The "graboids" start off as quick yet single-minded creatures, only speeding ahead to any movement or sound up top, only to eventually learn and adapt with the ever-changing circumstances. I also like how the female love interest played by Finn Carter is considered a third main protagonist, often tagging alongside stars Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward and subverting the expectations of the scientist trope. Bacon and Ward shine as the good-ole-boy duo but they often lose out to the better tag team of Michael Gross and Reba McEntire as a survivalist couple. However, it is hard to just pick out just two as the top actors in the picture since the entire cast is all perfectly suited and have a great rapport with each other. Plus, if you are young viewer, the movie sneaks in some bloody gore effects. Check this out if you want a good time.


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