Tremors 3: Back to Perfection (2001)

2001 | PG | Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Comedy

User Score: 50/100


Third entry in series returns to the small desert town of Perfection, Nevada seen in the first and briefly in the second.

Tremors 3: Back to Perfection (2001) is an American action comedy horror movie that is the third installment in the Tremors series and is a sequel to Tremors 2: Aftershocks (1996). Tremors 3 is a Western monster movie that went straight to direct-to-video. Director Brent Maddock (Tremors (1990), Wild Wild West (1999), Heart and Souls (1993), Tremors II: Aftershocks (1996)) did a great job at executing this movie but it was filled with too many plot holes. The plot holes could be a result of the screenplay, or it could also be Brent’s misguidance. The plotholes, goofs, and flaws made it the worst movie out of the series although it still manages to get a score of five. I might just have a Tremors marathon one day. The movie contains a lot of violence with humans and Graboids, minor jump scares, little thrills, a lot of action and not much horror to be labeled a horror movie.

Burt Gummer (Michael Gross - Family Ties (1982), Tremors (1990), Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (2004)) returns home to Perfection, Nevada after he finished killing Graboid/Shrieker in Argentina. Perfection, Nevada has been free of Graboids for eleven years because the town has equipment for tracking Graboid activities. Jack is new to the town, and it did not take long for a Graboid to eat one of his assistants while they were doing a tour. Hack and a few others rush town to warn everyone that there are about three Graboids in the area. Agents from the government arrive and stop them from killing the remaining Graboid because they claim that the Graboids are an endangered species. Burt made an agreement with the agents that if he captures a Graboid alive and shows it to them then he can kill the rest of the Graboids. For some odd reason, the agents agree although they claim that the Graboids are endangered species - plot hole much? I found it funny that as soon as the agents walk away, a Graboid shows up to swallow an entire barrel that had a human who is alive in it. That is it for spoilers, watch the movie because it is better than other tremor movies I have seen in its series.

I was disappointed when I saw the Graboids because they do not look realistic, more cartoonish, but the comedy relief helped to overlook that disappointment. The fire farting offspring had me speechless for a few seconds and then when I heard the name, "Ass-Blaster" - I could not help laughing. The subplot involving the Environmental Protection Agency was not needed and did not do the movie justice because who in their right mind wants to save ferocious monsters. Tremors 3 did not have suspense, tension build up and the amount of humor that the first two film of it series had. The CGI was one of the worst parts of the movie and which I am still shaking my head at as I am writing this review, could not believe that the Tremors 2 did a better job. Watch the movie and enjoy it for what it is but you have to have an open mind to enjoy the few comedy moments this film has.

About Tremors 3: Back to Perfection (2001)

Title: Tremors 3: Back to Perfection
Year: 2001
Starring: Tom Everett, Michael Gross, Robert Jayne, Barry Livingston, Charlotte Stewart, Tony Genaro, Ariana Richards, John Pappas, Matthew Seth Wilson, Kelly Connell, Jason Hopkins, Lorna Scott, Mary Gross, Elena Sahagun, Javi Mulero, Diego Galante, Jack Serino, Shawn Christian, Susan Chuang, Billy Rieck
Director: Brent Maddock
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.5/5 stars from 12 users. Votes: 12.
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Comedy
MPAA Rating: PG

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