"We decided to leave this place just one damn day too late..."
Released January 19, 1990
Universal Pictures, No Frills Film Productions
Run-time: 1 hour, 36 minutes.
Directed by Ron Underwood
Budget: $11 million. Worldwide gross: $48.5 million
Written by S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock, Ron Underwood
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross, Reba McEntire
Seismologist-in-training Rhonda LeBeck (Finn Carter), a summer intern college student in the tiny town of Perfection, Nevada, is picking up unusual tremor activity on her equipment.
Valentine McKee (Kevin Bacon) and Earl Bassett (Fred Ward) are the little towns local handy men who end up doing every hard (or disgusting) task in the place because they can never financially afford to say no. When a routine septic-tank suction job goes horribly and scatologically wrong, the two decide to leave Perfection for good for a larger town more suitable to the talents they claim they have.
During their rushed exit from the mountain-ringed valley, they come across the corpse of an elderly local man named Edgar, his body up a tall electrical tower, rifle in his hands, dead from dehydration. McKee and Bassett ponder what would make Edgar stay at the top of the tower for days until thirst and exposure killed him? And what wouldn't have been afraid of Edgar's Winchester rifle?
"The plan is..."
This monster film is famous for its melange of comedy and terror-movie tension as the local people of Perfection come under siege from a group of vicious creatures that can propel themselves underground and are in a constant state of hunger.
Fred Ward and Kevin Bacon bring a funny buddy-film interaction right out of Bob Hope/Bing Crosby 'Road' pictures. Constantly accusing each other of stupidity, they are the only locals with any usable ideas on how to escape the indomitable underground beings.
A repeated refrain in the film is Fred Ward (as Earl Bassett) saying "we need a plan" - and he means for everything; how to spend the day, how to coordinate their work week, what they want to do in life. This doesn't change when the monsters show up, it only increases in intensity when Earl realizes they are all trapped in the valley.
Well, let's just run for it. We
outran that one yesterday, at least
on a sprint.
Run for it? Running's not a plan.
Running is what you do when the
And in this film, everyone does a great deal of running.
Guns and Bombs
Perfection's area survivalists Burt and Heather Gummer (Michael Gross & Reba McEntire) have built their home into a fortress stocked with tools for surviving wars, disaster and to face various conspiracy-laden scenarios where the best solution is firepower. Their planning didn't include burrowing monsters that finally come in through their bomb-proofed basement wall.
The two escape with bags of guns and bombs onto their rooftop, which is where everyone else in the area has gone, trapped in the air as the monsters slowly begin trying to destroy the town from underneath them.
Classic Monster Movie
Tremors has a good reputation based on the jocular script and the earnest (and funny) acting all through the cast. Bacon and Ward are a constant source of humor. A lot of nice scenery and decent effects round out a likeable, classic monster movie. The PG-13 rating is primarily for profanity and some gorey images from the after-effects of a confrontation between monster and victim.
The film was profitable during its theater run and did well on home video. Three sequels were made (though none with Finn Carter or Kevin Bacon). A TV series based on the dilemma of the town of Perfection, Nevada, and the threat of the 'Graboid' worm aired in 2003, with actor Michael Gross.
Tremors on Bluray
The Bluray release of the single-disk original film looks quite good. Most of the movie was filmed in bright sunlight on location in Nevada and California, and the Bluray disk version shows excellent clarity and detail. The disk also includes a variety of features on the Tremor films, and outtakes, including an alternative prologue featuring Old Fred and Edgar not seen in the theatrical release.
Top Earning World Wide Superhero Films
List Updated Sept 14, 2017
Ranked by World Wide Earnings
*Currently in release in movie theatres
- The Avengers (2012 Marvel Studios) $1,511,757,910 Billion
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- Iron Man 3 (2013 Marvel Studios) $1,212,795,474 Billion
- Captain America Civil War: $1,153,294,011
- Dark Knight Rises (2012 Warners) 1,081,036,828 Billion
- The Dark Knight (2008 Warners Bros) $1,004,558,444 Billion
- Spiderman 3 (2007 Sony) $890.9 Million
- Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice (Warners 2016) $872,662,631
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (2017 Marvel-Disney) $863,365,406 Worldwide
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (Sony 2017) $823,973,588
12. Wonder Woman (2017 Warners) $816,501,312 Million
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60. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017 Fox) - $104,685,194 worldwide
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