In 1990, a small-budget horror comedy took the perennial Jaws template, right down to the iconic poster art and replaced that film’s sleepy coastal village and giant shark with a landlocked valley in the American southwest and a handful of Frank Herbert-esque sandworms.
Tremors made modest returns at the box office, enough to cover its small cost, anyway, but was anything but a blockbuster. And yet, twenty-odd years later, there are no less than four Tremors sequels (with a possible reboot on the way) and one short-lived Tremors Sci-Fi Channel series. During the expansion of the Tremors mythology, the sandworms of the original attacked Mexico, learned to fly and visited the 19th century, for some reason. But in the beginning, there were merely four monsters, one impossibly isolated town and a ragtag group determined to make it out alive.
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 films like Them, It Came From Outer Space, Tarantula, and The Monolith Monsters. It’s great.
Today, one of our favorite YouTubers, Oliver Harper, has released yet another epic retrospective – looking back at this cult classic. Check out some insightful commentary, little known facts, behind-the-scenes footage and many other things any B-movie fan should enjoy immensely.
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[via Oliver Harper]