(Ron Underwood, 1990)
1.85:1 1080p - VC-1 encode
Audio: English Dolby TrueHD; English, DD 5.1 DUB: French, DD 2.0
Subtitles: English (CC), French, none
Extras:Making of..., Profiles, Outtakes
Released: November 20th, 2007
'The phones are dead, the roads are out... we're on our own!' All is not well in Perfection, Nevada, a remote desert town. Itinerant cowpokes Val (Bacon) and Earl (Ward) are all set to up sticks when they happen across a corpse perched incongruously atop a telegraph pole...and then another, apparently swallowed up by the earth. Huge, carnivorous, worm-like creatures, capable of tunnelling at incredible speeds in response to seismic vibrations, are literally undermining Perfection. With a tip of the hat towards its '50s forefathers, this canny genre entry exploits its novel subterranean threat to the max, the ingenious situations being orchestrated with considerable skill by first-time director Underwood. Bacon and Ward project a wonderful low-key rapport, based initially on jokey ignorance before giving way to terse apprehension. It's great to hear authentic B movie talk again, especially when the cast takes it upon itself to name the monsters, only to come up with 'graboids' by default, and to debate their probable origin: 'One thing's for sure...them ain't local boys'. This is what a monster movie is supposed to be like, and it's terrific.
There is nothing 'revolutionary' cinematic about Tremors. It tackles no important emotional issues pertaining to the human condition. It reminded me of cheap, obvious, titillating nostalgic 50's sci-fi films. I loved every minute of it.
It's funny and suspenseful. The performances are believable and you can't help but get the feeling the actors are enjoying themselves. I wish there were more modern films like this... and Alligator. It can be such a relaxing diversion if you give yourself over to it - just a bit. Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Michael Gross and Reba McEntire knew they weren't involved in a grandiose Oscar effort. It's just a silly little project - and more to its credit. When you are in the mood - enjoy!
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