On this day in horror history, Ron Underwood’s creature feature Tremors tunneled into theaters in 1990. Kevin Bacon starred with Fred Ward, Michael Gross, and Reba McEntire. S.S. Wilson & Brent Maddock (Short Circuit) wrote the script.
The film follows good-ol’-boy handymen Val (Bacon) and Earl (Ward) who are sick of their dead-end jobs in Perfection, Nevada. Just as they’re about to escape Perfection forever, however, things start to get really weird: half-eaten corpses litter the road out of town; the phone lines stop working, and a plucky young scientist shows evidence of unusually strong seismic activity in the area. Something is coming for the citizens of Perfection… and it’s under the goddamn ground!
Tremors sports an 86% over on Rotten Tomatoes. The Critics Consensus reads: An affectionate throwback to 1950s creature features, Tremors reinvigorates its genre tropes with a finely balanced combination of horror and humor.
The film is the first installment of the franchise. Tremors 2: Aftershocks emerged next followed by Tremors 3: Back to Perfection. Tremors 4: The Legend Begins then opened followed by Tremors 5: Bloodlines, Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell, and Tremors: Shrieker Island. A television series Tremors: The Series aired in 2003.
A few years back, Kevin Bacon starred in a failed pilot of a rebooted TV series at SyFy. And he still hopes the abandoned series will finds a home one day.
Bacon says: “I have a very specific thing that happened, which was I wanted to reboot Tremors. And worked very hard on it and did a fantastic pilot with Blumhouse. Andrew Miller was the writer of it. We shot the pilot. I thought it was cool and SYFY decided not to go forward with it. I liked that character because it was the only character I really looked at and said, ‘I wanna know where he is 25 years later.’ We left him at a certain point, he had this extraordinary thing with these worms, underground worms. He’s not a smart man, kind of a loser, but he was able to fight these worms. Now let’s see what happened to him 25 years down the line.”
Bring it on, I say!
How much do you dig Tremors?