Synopsis: A prequel to Tremors this movie tells us about the founders of Rejection Valley and how they defended it against the dirt dragons better known as Graboids.
With Tremors 1, 2 & 3 using nearly every popular method to exterminate Graboids, Shriekers and Ass-Blasters comes the next logical question – What else is there left to do? How about sending the worms back in time and no I’m not talking about having them becoming sentient beings who decide to steal Doc Brown’s Delorean for a weekend joyride through the renaissance era. As interesting a concept that would be Universal and Stampede Entertainment instead made the decision to tell the story of how Perfection, Nevada came to be all the while introducing Burt Gummer’s Great Grandfather (also played by Michael Gross) Hiram and how he dealt with such a terrifying menace. Forget about the Hatfields and McCoys the rivalry between Graboid and Gummer is far more appealing and neither of those two species is going to end up burying the hatchet anytime soon (although if a Graboid was clever enough I’m sure they’d up and try that ploy). Even though The Legend Begins acts a prequel it also reintroduces several of the horror elements not seen since the original. The opening sequence itself sets the tone where an entire group of miners are killed off by an unseen entity and only one lives to tell about it. A bit later on a group of burly outlaw types are hired to go back to the mine to find out what exactly happened and while conversing over a camp fire they come under attack by creepier means.
Yesterday when I mentioned in my look at Tremors 3 – Back To Perfection it should have incorporated something more fresh and unexpected The Legend Begins without question is where that jumping off point needed to be. Having Burt’s ancestor initially turned off to the idea of using a gun is utterly brilliant instead he goes and hires a professional gunfighter by the name of Black Hand Kelly (a bad ass character name by the way) to handle the dirty work proves to be one of the more intriguing story arcs in the Tremors saga. As it stands I’m hard pressed to say that Tremors 4 – The Legend Begins is the best sequel of the series considering it has no trouble growing on you however because of the nostalgic impact Aftershocks left on me Legend is third best. Still don’t let my opinion dissuade any of you after all why play Cowboys and Indians when you could play Cowboys and Graboids instead.
Final Grade: B+