Tremors (1990)



Critic Consensus: An affectionate throwback to 1950s creature features, Tremors reinvigorates its genre tropes with a finely balanced combination of horror and humor.

Movie Info

Tremors is actually two movies in one. On its own terms, it's an enjoyable modern sci-fi horror-thriller, with good pacing and a sense of humor; but it's also a loving tribute to such 1950s low-budget desert-based sci-fi-horror films like Them!, It Came From Outer Space, Tarantula, and The Monolith Monsters. Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward are the stars, a pair of small-town handymen living in a small desert community, who stumble upon several difficult-to-explain phenomena, including a couple of … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock
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On DVD: Apr 28, 1998
MCA/Universal Pictures


as Valentine McKee

as Earl Basset

as Rhonda LeBeck

as Burt Gummer

as Heather Gummer

as Melvin Plugg

as Miguel

as Walter Chang

as Megan

as Carmine
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Critic Reviews for Tremors

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (5)

Tremors has a few clever twists but ultimately can't decide what it wants to be - flat-out funny, which it's not, or a scarefest.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Horror/comedies often tread too far to one side or the other of that fine line; Tremors walks it like a tightrope.

Full Review… | June 10, 2008
Top Critic

This is what a monster movie is supposed to be like, and it's terrific.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

More than anything else, it looks like the sort of movie that might have been put together so that tourists visiting Universal Studios could see a movie being made.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A delightful throwback to such '50s and '60s films as "Them," "The Deadly Mantis" and "Attacks" of both "The Giant Leeches" and "The Crab Monsters."

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

I think there should be a lot more movies like Tremors out there, and no I don't mean more sequels.

Full Review… | January 9, 2011

Audience Reviews for Tremors

I like science fiction, but this movie is just too simplistic for me.

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This B-movie about underground killer worms takes the children's play time idea of "don't touch the ground" and simply has fun with it. What if every tremor you create could attract something that might kill you? How would you move and where? The film makes the most of this premise without ever taking itself too seriously. That is as charming as it is entertaining. It's also refreshing to see a film that shows some respect for the minor characters and doesn't kill off anyone who isn't a main character at every opportunity. When it comes to monster films this is still high up there.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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