They say there's nothing new under the sun. But under the ground...
"...snappy, hilarious...An instant cult classic. Noel Murray, Nashville Scene
|Subterrean maneaters invade a tiny nevada town. Features alternate endings and more.|
"A high-end horror film, very clever, funny and scary. Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"A flawless B-movie about giant, underground worm creatures... Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"In the tradition of the 50s horror movies, Tremors is bound to become a classic. Richard Schickel, Time
"...fast-paced, funny and clever enough to make it all worth watching...worth the price... The Sci-Fi Movie Page
The race to higher ground is on when two handymen and a local seismology student discover that their little town of Perfection, Nevada, is infested with stinky subterranean man-eating worms. Starring Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, and Michael Gross, TREMORS is a well-done comedy-horror film that salutes a host of horror films from bygone years. Fans of the movie will enjoy the sequels starring Gross: TREMORS 2: AFTERSHOCKS, TREMORS 3: BACK TO PERFECTION, and TREMORS 4: THE LEGEND BEGINS.
Cast & Crew
A couple of luckless dreamers leave the small town of Perfection and cross the desert in search of odd jobs. Instead of a pot of gold, they find worms... humungous man-eating worms that tunnel underground and eat everything in sight, from men to automobiles. With quick thinking -- and a conveniently placed cement wall -- the duo outwit the hungry sand beasts. Back home they brag of their escape to the weird collection of townsfolk. A seismologist who just happens to be studying the area tells them there are lots more of the creatures hanging around. And, like everybody else, the worms are aiming for Perfection...
"...Filmgoers ravenous for classic scares should wiggle over to TREMORS. Not since ALIEN has there been a creature feature that so well honors the genre, plus throws in some squirm-producing twists..."
"...A small, sardonic gem....Ward and Bacon make a marvelous Mutt-and-Jeff team..." -- Rating: B
Los Angeles Times
"...A jocular good-time monster movie with surprises up its sleeve..."
Sight and Sound
"...Engaging....The film benefits from laconic, salt-of-the-earth performances from Fred Ward and Kevin Bacon..."
"...A great cast and a cheek full of tongue help to make this one of the most enjoyable monster movies since they were old enough to be ironic..."
"TREMORS is a horror film with a heart; a monster movie with magic....It's a B-movie that has transcended its humble goal to entertain us -- instead, it's entranced us."
4 stars out of 5 -- "A cult B-movie creature feature....TREMORS is a hell of a lot of fun, a suspense-filled treat..."
4 stars out of 5 -- "Bacon and Ward make a great double-act, with strong support from Finn Carter..."
The Sci-Fi Movie Page 7 of 10
Sure, this is 1950s B-movie type stuff but Tremors is fast-paced, funny and clever enough to make it all worth watching. ...worth the price...alone for the funny gun-toting survivalist couple in the movie.
Time Magazine 8 of 10
In the tradition of the 50s horror movies, Tremors is bound to become a classic.
- Richard Schickel
Washington Post 7 of 10
Ward...has the rugged looks and good humor of a friendly desperado, while Bacon continues to move beyond his glamour-boy roots and prove himself as an actor; he hasn't been stuck in such a dangerous small town since Footloose. (Director) Underwood comes up with a horror film that's rare in its appropriateness for family audiences (young children not included).
- Richard Harrington
Variety 8 of 10
An affectionate send-up of schlocky 1950s monster pics, but with better special effects, Tremors has a few clever twists but ultimately can't decide what it wants to be - flat-out funny, which it's not, or a scarefest...In this case, the threat comes in the form of four house trailer-sized worm-creatures, with multiple serpent like tongues, that tunnel underground before bursting up to devour human prey...All the conventions of the genre are here: a small town in the middle of nowhere isolated from outside help, with a scientist on hand to study strange seismic phenomena. After that, however, the scripters begin to play with those cliches. The scientist, for example, is a pretty young woman (Finn Carter) who doesn't know where the monsters come from or understand why everyone keeps asking her to explain, while the heroes - handyman types Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward - carry on like Curly and Larry in search of Moe...The pacing and action improve considerably as the film goes on, maintaining a tongue-in-cheek approach while the situation becomes more dire.
DVD Verdict 9 of 10
Tremors is unabashedly goofy nonsense, and I mean that in the very best sense. Val, Earl, and all the rest aren't characters so much as walking, talking stereotypes. The characters are a scream because the actors know that playing them as anything else but deadly serious would be fatal to the film; as a result, Bacon, Ward, Gross, and the rest play their characters and deliver their outrageous dialogue with a complete deadpan sincerity that helps to sell the insanity going on around them. Gross in particular goes the extra mile, breaking with his established television persona. I can remember seeing Tremors for the first time years ago and being shocked that this was the same Michael Gross, famous for playing Michael J. Fox's caring, reasonable, liberal, ex-hippie dad on Growing Pains...Tremors is a blast, a nice little horror/comedy that dishes a solid helping of lowbrow laughs along with some surprisingly skillful suspense. It's good Saturday afternoon popcorn fun, nothing more, nothing less. It's also been my mom's favorite movie for years. Given that it has now generated three direct-to-video sequels, there must be a few others out there who love it as well.
- Erick Harper