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Tremors (1990)

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Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 5

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

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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

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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

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Horror, Comedy

Apr 28, 1998

MCA/Universal Pictures

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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.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Horror/comedies often tread too far to one side or the other of that fine line; Tremors walks it like a tightrope.

June 10, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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This is what a monster movie is supposed to be like, and it's terrific.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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."

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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I think there should be a lot more movies like Tremors out there, and no I don't mean more sequels.

January 9, 2011 Full Review Source: FEARnet | Comment (1)
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A nineties schlock spectacular...

October 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comment (1)
Cinema Crazed

a fun b-movie flicka

March 11, 2008

A flawless B-movie about giant, underground worm creatures

November 26, 2003 | Comment (1)
Lawrence Journal-World

A 90's comedy-horror film with 50's B-movie panache

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Campy fun if you're ready for it

March 17, 2003

A high-end horror film, very clever, funny and scary.

February 7, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

Pleasantly regressive big monster flick.

December 11, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The pinnacle of recent B-monster movies. It's what Eight Legged Freaks wants to grow up to be.

August 17, 2002
Needcoffee.com

The blueprint for how to do projects like this right: care about your material, but don't lose your sense of humor.

August 13, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

The film, for what it is, is a success, complete with every laughable line of dialogue and every screaming death.

April 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Snappy pacing and canny writing make this more than just a B picture

January 1, 2000 Full Review
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Tremors evokes the spirit of cheesy monster movies without resorting to copying, parody, or mere irony.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Nashville Scene
Nashville Scene

There's definitely a campy tone to most of the laughs, but Bacon and Ward are deadpan as they make wisecracks, resulting in a satisfying combination of humor and horror.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Sure, this is 1950s B-movie type stuff but Tremors is fast-paced, funny and clever enough to make it all worth watching.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
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Audience Reviews for Tremors

I like science fiction, but this movie is just too simplistic for me.
July 21, 2014
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July 20, 2013
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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.
June 28, 2013
ironclad1609

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Strangely entertaining for its content and cast of characters, "Tremors" is beyond definition for a number of reasons. Trying to shoehorn this film into a genre is quite difficult because it touches on themes that are developed in science fiction, horror, thriller, and comedy. Every bit of this film is beyond comparison, goes a different route than what you except, has interesting plot and characters, and actually horrifies the viewer at various points. Monster movie best describes this film as it centers around the evolutionary phenomenon of giant sand worms, ("Dune" anyone?) trying to kill a group of people. The setting is a very small (14 people) village in the middle of the Nevada desert, trapped thanks to a landslide at their only road out of town. Under the ground there roams three worms out to get them, which is a number figured out by seismology grad student Rhonda. Also in the mix are two gun nuts, a couple of day laborers, several families, and a shop owner. They outwit the worms with different ploys but the worms find ways around them, oftentimes resorting to destroying everything in their path just to suck them down into the sandy abyss. There is a certain amount of cheesiness and cloddish humor to this film, but it always works. There is never a moment when something is so oafish or juvenile that it doesn't let you laugh or find this film entertaining. A lot of what makes this film enjoyable is the diverse ranks of the cast, ranging from Reba McEntire as an obsessed, gun toting rebel to a teenage boy poking fun at the situation to everyone's chagrin and irritation. Also, though there isn't any CGI or stop motion animation to this early nineties' film, its' effects are amazing and really scare. You're most afraid when you can't even see the worms, reminiscent of "Jaws," which is probably the best comparison to this entertaining film.
June 25, 2013
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    1. Valentine McKee: That's how they git you. They're under the goddamned ground!
    – Submitted by Folashade K (14 months ago)
    1. Valentine McKee: This valley is just one long smorgasbord.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (14 months ago)
    1. Burt Gummer: Broke into the wrong goddam rec room didn't you, you bastards?!
    – Submitted by Amy G (20 months ago)
    1. Valentine McKee: Can you fly, you sucker?
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    1. Valentine McKee: You will have... long blonde hair, big green eyes, world class breasts, ass that won't quit, and legs... that go ALL THE WAY UP!
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    1. Valentine McKee: We decided to leave town just one damn day to late!
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