Tremors (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

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 people who've died under extremely strange (and, in one instance, very grisly) circumstances. Eventually, they and a handful of their neighbors find the cause: gigantic prehistoric worm-like creatures that streak under the desert the way fish swim through oceans, reaching up and grabbing anything they need for food. Cut off from the outside world, they have to figure out how to get across the desert alive while these creatures -- that are smart as well as fast -- close in on them, stalking them like monster sharks. The film benefits from the presence of special effects that are good enough to pull this all off, keeping the shock value high, and also from a subtly humorous script and performances to match by the entire cast, and director Ron Underwood's breezy pacing of the whole picture. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovimore
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 28, 1998
MCA/Universal Pictures


Kevin Bacon
as Valentine McKee
Fred Ward
as Earl Basset
Finn Carter
as Rhonda LeBeck
Michael Gross
as Burt Gummer
Reba McEntire
as Heather Gummer
Bobby Jacoby
as Melvin Plugg
Victor Wong
as Walter Chang
John Pappas
as Carmine
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Critic Reviews for Tremors

All Critics (34) | 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

The monster pic manages to be funny and clever, and deservedly has become a cult classic.

Full Review… | November 19, 2015
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Audience Reviews for Tremors


Big fun B-movie as underground monsters terrorize a small desert town. Thick with good ole boy charm and whimsy its simply just plain great for families as survival is something that only happens with everyone's help. Michael Gross and Reba McIntire are standouts as Tea Partiers gone wild.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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

Red Lats

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Directors Cat

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Tremors Quotes

Burt Gummer: Just a few household chemicals in the proper proportions.
– Submitted by Leslie L (54 days ago)
Valentine McKee: That's how they git you. They're under the goddamned ground!
– Submitted by SailorMoon797 F (2 years ago)
Valentine McKee: This valley is just one long smorgasbord.
– Submitted by SailorMoon797 F (2 years ago)
Burt Gummer: Broke into the wrong goddam rec room didn't you, you bastards?!
– Submitted by Amy G (3 years ago)

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