Synopsis: Natives of a small isolated town defend themselves against strange underground creatures which are killing them one by one.
If there was ever a record for the most time spent obsessively looking at a single VHS cover at a video store the artwork for Tremors succeeded in leaving me a traumatized adolescent. That bygone age where video tape dominated the home entertainment market had some of the most visually eye catching works of art but not even a burned man wearing a shoddy Christmas sweater or fedora with razor blades attached to his fingers or a mass murdering behemoth decked out in a hockey mask could draw me away from Tremors. Sadly it took a couple more years to work up the courage to finally sit down and drink the entire film in and oddly enough this was back when NBC first debuted it in syndication. I vividly remember putting the blanket over my head more times then once yet upon another viewing to my surprise the actual creature design looked nothing like the VHS dust jacket. Thankfully I wasn’t too disappointed because it was the overall natural chemistry the entire cast had as they react perfectly to the absurdity of underground carnivorous worm monsters mysteriously showing up out of nowhere with a taste for humans.
My youngest nephew saw Tremors right as he was entering his teenage years and as soon as the credits faded to black declared it the most quotable movie of all time (probably because he had never seen or heard a motion picture sprinkled with so much profanity). It’s almost hard to believe that Tremors is 25 years old as of this year and steadily remains one of the greatest cult movies ever so much so that AMC usually features it (rather prominently) in their yearly FearFest marathons so if its been a while since the last time you’ve seen it make a priority by heading over to Amazon and pick up the 4-Movie Attack Pack Collection as I’ll be covering the entire series leading up to the release of Tremors 5: Bloodlines this upcoming Tuesday.
Final Grade: A+