Tremors (1990) Movie Review

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Tremors (1990)

1990 | PG-13 | Horror, Sci-Fi, Comedy
96 minutes / 1h 36min

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Tremors Plot Synopsis:

A small town gradually becomes aware of a strange creature which picks off people one by one. But what is this creature, and where is it? At the same time, a seismologist is working in the area, she detects _tremors_. The creature lives underground, and can 'pop up' without warning. Trapped in their town, the town-folk have no escape.

Tremors (1990) Review

Tremors (1990) is directed by Ron Underwood and the first in the Tremors movie franchise. Tremors had an estimated movie budget of $11 million and grossed $16 million at the box office. This film took a very new creature feature in the film and along with great actors, created a following of viewers that carried over into the pitiful sequels that followed.

Tremors star Kevin Bacon (The Following TV series, Apollo 13 (1995), Footloose (1984), Mystic River (2003), X-Men: First Class (2011)) as Valentine McKee and Fred Ward (The Player (1992), Road Trip (2000), Escape from Alcatraz (1979)) as Earl Bass. These old buddies who act like the funniest odd couple meet up with Finn Carter as Rhonda LeBeck when the small town experiences a bunch of creatures wreaking havoc in the town. The trio must first determine what it is that these creatures are, round up the remaining survivors in town, save them from those monsters and get them out of town.

When the creatures, called Graboids, come on screen we are treated to the horror elements of the movie. All other times we get a lot of entertaining comedy and a taste of southern life. The creatures are shown as little as possible, and that helped the film because when you do see the creatures, they look great. The cast plays off of one another and makes the film so much more believable and entertaining. Val and Earl are both looking to snag Rhonda’s affection by contesting to be the bigger hero in the film. Michael Gross (Family Ties TV series, Tremors 3: Back to Perfection (2001), Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (2004)) and Reba McEntire (Reba TV seriesOne Night at McCool’s (2001)) join the group later on as the official hunters excited to hunt something new. Sit back and have a few laughs with Tremors. Keep an eye out for Victor Wong (The Last Emperor (1987), Seven Years in Tibet (1997), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), 3 Ninjas (1992)).

  • Tremors Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 7.26
  • IMDB: 7.2
  • MetaCritic: 6.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 8.5

About Tremors 1990

Title: Tremors
Year: 1990
Runtime: 96 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Comedy
Reviewer: Score: 3.5 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.63/5 stars from 105,076 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 105,076 MPAA Rating: PG-13
Tremors Cast Starring: Tom Woodruff Jr., Kevin Bacon, Michael Gross, Victor Wong, Tony Genaro, Ariana Richards, Robert Jayne, John Pappas, Fred Ward, Charlotte Stewart, Conrad Bachmann, Bibi Besch, John Goodwin, Finn Carter, Reba McEntire, Richard Marcus, Sunshine Parker, Michael Dan Wagner
Tremors Writers: S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock, Ron Underwood
Tremors Director: Ron Underwood
Production: MCA/Universal Pictures
Language: English
Country: USA