I can’t begin to review this film without my thoughts ominously drifting back to the year 1991 when I was a mere 8 years old. After viewing the teaser trailers on the BBC I pestered and pestered my parents to let me watch this movie, ignoring their insistence that it was not suitable for my innocent eyes. After the typical war of attrition, they finally sat with me to watch it. At 8 o’clock the feature started, and at about 8:30 I came as close to shitting my pants as I had done since I thought pull-ups made me a big boy!
What Jaws did for the public and the seaside, Tremors, a film about giant worms, did for me and sand pits! To add to my embarrassment I found out about 10 years later that not only is Tremors really not that harrowing, it’s actually meant to be a comedy of sorts.
‘Tremors’ is a back to basics monster movie involving giant subterranean creatures dubbed ‘Graboids’, which fully intend to pork their way through the inhabitants of the rural Nevada town ‘Perfection’. Once the inhabitants realise what is happening there is a struggle to survive.
Even after the opening 10 minutes you can tell this film is going to be a success. Using a limited number of cast, a colourful range of likable and believable characters contribute to an onscreen chemistry which means no moment of this film gets boring. Opting for a more surprise and action style of pace, rather than a slow and suspenseful one means that there is plenty going on and absolutely no cheesy ‘we must survive’ type speeches. A very witty script is delivered by a decent acting cast including Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward and Michel Gross (who appears in all Tremors sequels and TV series), all of whom convincingly portray their stereotype characters fantastically.
As for the monsters, well, as unfeasible as they are, enough depth of thought has gone into them to make them believable within the constraints of the film, thankfully without the need for any stupid pseudo-scientific explanation which undermines many films within the genre. The creature effects are top notch making them look quite disgusting as well as a little bit scary. With a higher budget than most, many of the attack sequences of the film have the monster shown on screen for much of it, further increasing its authenticity and enjoyment.
As for gore, well I suppose you can’t have everything; Tremors isn’t really that gory. It has quite a high body count but the most you see is the aftermath or people being dragged under the ground. That said, there is a bit of blood when it counts, and quite a lot of creature guts at one point, this therefore means that, yes, whilst it could have been gorier, you don’t really feel like you have been sold short at any point.
Overall, for all the reasons described above, this film is really worth the watch if you haven’t seen it already, probably one of my favourite creature flicks ever.