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Tremors
Tremors - Complete Collection boxset artwork.jpg
Official U.S. DVD collection cover
Created byS. S. Wilson
Brent Maddock
Ron Underwood
Original workTremors (1990)
Years1990–present
Films and television
Film(s)List of films
Television seriesTremors (2003)
Games
Video game(s)List of video games

The Tremors franchise consists of a series of American monster comedy-horror films and a spin-off television show, with a plot centered around attacks from a subterranean worm-like creatures known as Graboids. It began in 1990 with the release of Tremors, which spawned a series of direct-to-video films and the titular television series. In 2016, a second television series was ordered to air on Syfy, and a pilot was shot, but the project was ultimately cancelled.

Films[edit]

Film U.S. release date Director Screenplay By Story By Producer(s) Status
Tremors January 19, 1990 (1990-01-19) Ron Underwood Brent Maddock and S. S. Wilson Ron Underwood
and Brent Maddock and S. S. Wilson
Gale Anne Hurd, Brent Maddock and S. S. Wilson Released
Tremors 2: Aftershocks April 9, 1996 (1996-04-09) S. S. Wilson Brent Maddock and S. S. Wilson Nancy Roberts and Christopher DeFaria
Tremors 3: Back to Perfection October 2, 2001 (2001-10-02) Brent Maddock John Whelpley Brent Maddock, S. S. Wilson and Nancy Roberts S. S. Wilson and Nancy Roberts
Tremors 4: The Legend Begins January 2, 2004 (2004-01-02) S. S. Wilson Scott Buck Nancy Roberts
Tremors 5: Bloodlines October 6, 2015 (2015-10-06) Don Michael Paul William Truesmith and M. A. Deuce
and John Whelpley
William Truesmith, M. A. Deuce and C.J. Strebor Ogden Gavanski
Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell May 15, 2018 (2018-05-15) John Whelpley Mike Elliott
Tremors: Shrieker Island October 20, 2020 (2020-10-20) Don Michael Paul and Brian Brightly Todd Williams and Chris Lowenstein

Tremors (1990)[edit]

Image of a DVD box titled "Tremors Attack Pack" with am image of one of the monsters of the cover
The first four Tremors films in a boxed DVD collection

Tremors is a 1990 American monster film directed by Ron Underwood, with a screenplay by S. S. Wilson and Brent Maddock, starring Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross and Reba McEntire. It was distributed by Universal Pictures.[1]

Tremors 2: Aftershocks (1996)[edit]

Tremors 2: Aftershocks is a 1996 action-horror sequel to Tremors, in which the character of Earl Bassett, returning from the first movie, is hired to deal with a subterranean "Graboid" infestation at a Mexican oilfield. It was directed by S. S. Wilson, and stars Fred Ward, Christopher Gartin, Michael Gross and Helen Shaver. It introduced a new creature called the Shriekers.

Tremors 3: Back to Perfection (2001)[edit]

Tremors 3: Back to Perfection is a 2001 comedic monster film, the third in the "Tremors" series featuring the subterranean worm-creatures dubbed "Graboids". It was directed by Brent Maddock and stars Michael Gross. Like the second movie, the film was not released in theaters. It introduced a new creature called the Ass-Blasters.

Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (2004)[edit]

Tremors 4: The Legend Begins is a 2004 direct-to-video movie. It is the fourth film in the "Tremors" series of monster films. It is a prequel to the earlier movies and featured Michael Gross as the ancestor to his original character in the first Tremors film.

Tremors 5: Bloodlines (2015)[edit]

Tremors 5: Bloodlines was produced in South Africa, featuring a returning Michael Gross and new co-star Jamie Kennedy. It also stars Natalie Becker. The film was released on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on October 6, 2015.[2] Though it is based on a script written by Brent Maddock and S. S. Wilson in 2004, the original creators declined to be involved due to a lack of creative control over the project. It received mixed reviews.

Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell (2018)[edit]

On September 20, 2016, Michael Gross announced on his official Facebook page that a sixth film was in development. Tremors 5 co-star Jamie Kennedy returned, along with director Don Michael Paul.[3] Filming commenced in late January 2017.[4] The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray in May 2018.

Tremors: Shrieker Island (2020)[edit]

On December 13, 2018, Michael Gross confirmed that Universal had ordered a seventh entry in the series and that he would return to star, stating "Tremors fans will be delighted to know I have just agreed to the terms of a contract for a seventh film. My best estimate is that Burt Gummer will begin his hunt for Graboids and other nefarious forms of wildlife in the fall of 2019."[5] On November 13, 2019, filming began in Thailand.[6][7][8] On November 26, 2019, Jon Heder, Jackie Cruz, and Richard Brake signed on to star alongside Gross.[9][10][11] On December 12, 2019, Gross confirmed that filming had wrapped.[12][13] In August 2020, the film was known under the working title Island Fury until it was officially titled Tremors: Shrieker Island.[14] The film was released direct-to-video on October 20, 2020.[15][16]

Future[edit]

In a podcast with Bloody Disgusting, Gross mentioned that "part of me that feels that Universal Home Entertainment might've had enough of Tremors", though he followed up by saying "The door is still open for an eighth Tremors. It may seem unlikely by what people see on the screen, but it is possible. There could be an eighth. And if there were, and if it were an interesting story, I would be up for it because Burt is always a great deal of fun. It would depend on his physicality. How much they want me to do. If it's in another two years, I'll be 75 years old. So I will continue to hope and pray that I stay in shape, to do what is asked of me – if it is asked of me."[17] Gross later said on Facebook "There are no guarantees, but for those who wonder aloud if this is the final film, I will say what I have said before: SALES drive sequels. Show biz is 5% show and 95% business, so if this latest addition to the Tremors franchise, sells well, Universal Studios Hollywood will follow the money, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment may will [sic] be back for more."[18] Gross reiterated in January 2021 that "many things would have to fall into place for (an eighth film) to happen, including my participation", but that "an eighth film is possible".

Television[edit]

Series Season Episodes First released Last released Showrunner(s) Network(s)
Tremors 1 13 March 28, 2003 August 8, 2003 Nancy Roberts Syfy

Tremors (2003)[edit]

Tremors is a television spin-off of the Tremors franchise which originally ran on Syfy, with one half-season of 13 episodes aired before being cancelled.

Cast and crew[edit]

Principal cast[edit]

Character Films Television series
Tremors Tremors 2:
Aftershocks
Tremors 3:
Back to Perfection
Tremors 4:
The Legend Begins
Tremors 5:
Bloodlines
Tremors:
A Cold Day in Hell
Tremors:
Shrieker Island
Tremors
1990 1996 2001 2004 2015 2018 2020 2003
Burt Gummer Michael Gross Michael Gross
Hiram Gummer Michael Gross
Earl Basset Fred Ward
Valentine McKee Kevin Bacon
Rhonda LeBeck Finn Carter
Nancy Sterngood Charlotte Stewart Charlotte Stewart Marcia Strassman
Mindy Sterngood Ariana Richards Ariana Richards Tinsley Grimes
Melvin Plugg Robert Jayne Robert Jayne Robert Jayne
Miguel Tony Genaro Tony Genaro
Heather Gummer Reba McEntire
Walter Chang Victor Wong
Nestor Cunningham Richard Marcus
Old Fred Michael Dan Wagner J.E. Freeman
Edgar Deems Sunshine Parker
Jim Wallace Conrad Bachmann
Megan Wallace Bibi Besch
Howard John Goodwin
Carmine John Pappas
Grady Hoover Christopher Gartin
Dr. Kate Riley Helen Shaver
Julio Marco A. Hernandez
Señor Carlos Ortega Marcelo Tubert
Pedro Jose Ramon Rosario
Jack Sawyer Shawn Christian
Jodi Chang Susan Chuang Lela Lee
Buford Billy Rieck
Dr. Andrew Merliss Barry Livingston
Agent Charlie Rusk John Pappas
Agent Frank Statler Tom Everett
Juan Pedilla Brent Roam
Pyong Chang Lo Ming
Lu Wan Chang Lydia Look
Fu Yien Chang Sam Ly
Mrs. Christine Lord Sara Botsford
Black Hand Kelly Billy Drago
Tecopa August Schellenberg
Travis Welker Jamie Kennedy
Dr. Nandi Montabu Pearl Thusi
Johan Dreyer Brandon Auret
Baruti Rea Rangaka
Erick van Wyk Daniel Janks
Den Bravers Ian Roberts
Lucia Natalie Becker
Ndebele Chieftain Ernest Ndhlovu
Dr. Rita Sims Tanya van Graan
Valerie McKee Jamie-Lee Money
Hart Hansen Kiroshan Naidoo
Aklark Keeno Lee Hecto
Swackhamer Rob van Vuuren
Mac Adrienne Pearce
Dr. Charles Ferezze Francesco Nassimbeni
Mr. Cutts Paul du Toit
Geo-Tech Vargas Christie Peruso
Dr. D Jay Anstey
Jimmy Jon Heder
Freddie Jackie Cruz
Bill Richard Brake
Jasmine “Jas” Welker Caroline Langrishe
Anna Cassie Clare
Mr. Bowtie Sahajak Boonthanakit
Wall Street Randy Kalsi
Ishimon Boonma Lamphon
Researcher Iris Iris Park
Parkour Boy Aukrawut Rojaunawat
Mohawk Bear Williams
Tyler Reed Victor Browne
Rosalita Sanchez Gladys Jimenez
W.D. Twitchell Dean Norris
Larry Norvel J. D. Walsh
Dr. Cletus Poffenberger Christopher Lloyd
Harlowe Winnemucca Branscombe Richmond
Dr. Casey Matthews Sarah Rafferty
Roger Garrett Richard Biggs
Frank Nicholas Turturro

Additional crew[edit]

Film Crew and information
Composer(s) Cinematographer Editor Production
companies
Distributing
companies
Running time
Tremors Ernest Troost Alexander Gruszynski O. Nicholas Brown Universal Pictures,
No Frills Film Productions,
Wilson-Maddock Productions
Universal Pictures 96 minutes
Tremors 2:
Aftershocks
Jay Ferguson Virgil L. Harper Bob Ducsay MCA/Universal Pictures,
Stampede Entertainment
MCA/Universal Pictures,
MCA Home Entertainment
97 minutes
Tremors 3:
Back to Perfection
Kevin Kiner Drake Silliman Universal Family and Home Entertainment,
Stampede Entertainment
Universal Family and Home Entertainment 104 minutes
Tremors 4:
The Legend Begins
Jay Ferguson Harry B. Miller, III Stampede Entertainment Universal Pictures Home Entertainment 101 minutes
Tremors 5:
Bloodlines
Frederik Wiedmann Michael Swan Vanick Moradian Universal 1440 Entertainment,
Capacity Relations
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment,
Syfy
99 minutes
Tremors:
A Cold Day in Hell
Frederik Wiedmann & Brain Mantia Hein de Vos Cameron Hallenbeck Universal 1440 Entertainment Universal Studios,
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
98 minutes
Tremors:
Shrieker Island
Frederik Wiedmann Alexander Krumov Heath Ryan 103 minutes

Production[edit]

Attraction[edit]

While only the first film was filmed in Lone Pine, California, there is an exhibit dedicated to Tremors in the Lone Pine Film History Museum. The exhibit contains film props such as the Graboid head used to burst through the ground, a miniature of Chang's Market used in Tremors 4: The Legend Begins, and a mount of a Graboid used in Tremors 2: Aftershocks.[19]

Reception[edit]

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Awards[edit]

Award Film
Tremors Tremors 2:
Aftershocks
Tremors 3:
Back to Perfection
Tremors 4:
The Legend Begins
Tremors 5:
Bloodlines
Tremors:
A Cold Day in Hell
Tremors:
Shrieker Island
Best Science Fiction Film Nomination
Best Special Effects Nomination
Best Home Video Release Nomination
Best Supporting Actress - Finn Carter Nomination
Best Supporting Actress - Reba McEntire Nomination

Young Artist Awards[edit]

Award Film
Tremors Tremors 2:
Aftershocks
Tremors 3:
Back to Perfection
Tremors 4:
The Legend Begins
Tremors 5:
Bloodlines
Tremors:
A Cold Day in Hell
Tremors:
Shrieker Island
Best Young Actress Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Ariana Richards Nomination

DVD Exclusive Awards[edit]

Award Film
Tremors Tremors 2:
Aftershocks
Tremors 3:
Back to Perfection
Tremors 4:
The Legend Begins
Tremors 5:
Bloodlines
Tremors:
A Cold Day in Hell
Tremors:
Shrieker Island
Best Actor - Michael Gross Won
Best Visual Effects - Linda Drake Nomination
Best Actress (in a DVD Premiere Movie) - Sara Botsford Nomination

Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA Awards[edit]

Award Film
Tremors Tremors 2:
Aftershocks
Tremors 3:
Back to Perfection
Tremors 4:
The Legend Begins
Tremors 5:
Bloodlines
Tremors:
A Cold Day in Hell
Tremors:
Shrieker Island
Best Sound Editing - Direct to Video Nomination

Other media[edit]

Video games[edit]

Dirt Dragons (2004)[edit]

Dirt Dragons is a browser game tie-in to the 2004 film Tremors 4: The Legend Begins.

Tremerz (2010)[edit]

In 2010, Newgrounds released Tremerz, an online 8-bit video game adaptation of the original Tremors film.[20][21][22]

Universal Movie Tycoon (2012)[edit]

Universal Movie Tycoon is a sim-city-building game released in 2012 for iOS, developed by Fuse Powered Inc. and published by Bytemark Games, that featured the Tremors film.

Cancelled projects[edit]

Tremors: The Game[edit]

A Tremors video game based on the franchise was announced in August 2002 by Rock Solid Studios.[23] It was scheduled for release during the fall of 2003.[24] However, the game was quietly cancelled in the summer of that year.[23]

Tremors 2: Aftershocks – The Lost Monsters![edit]

During the production of Tremors 2: Aftershocks, a television series titled Tremors 2: Aftershocks – The Lost Monsters! was being developed by Universal Television and Stampede Entertainment. According to Stampede, "[the] series premise was that, after their success in fighting the Graboids, Val and Earl would be sought out by the readers of tabloid newspapers, believers in UFOs, etc. to battle other little-known creatures".[25]

Syfy[edit]

On November 28, 2015, it was reported that Universal Television and Blumhouse Productions were developing a new Tremors TV series and that Kevin Bacon would reprise his role of Valentine McKee for the first time in the series since the first film.[26] In September 2016, it was announced the series was moving forward at Amazon Prime Video,[27] however, in June 2017, the pilot was moved to Syfy.[28] In August 2017, it was announced that Vincenzo Natali would direct the pilot[29] which would be written by showrunner Andrew Miller[30] with filming taking place from late October 2017 through November 2017.[30] On April 28, 2018, it was announced that Syfy had passed on the pilot.[31]

References[edit]

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