Tremors (franchise)

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Tremors
Tremors - Attack Pack DVD Box.jpg
Cover box of DVD re-release of the first four films.
Created by S. S. Wilson
Brent Maddock
Ron Underwood
Original work Tremors (1990)
Films and television
Film(s) List of films
Television series Tremors: The Series (2003)
Games
Video game(s) List of video games

The Tremors franchise is a monster movie series centering on the vicious attacks of subterranean worm-like creatures known as Graboids. It began in 1990 with the successful release of Tremors, which spawned four direct-to-video films; three sequels (Tremors 2: Aftershocks, Tremors 3: Back to Perfection and Tremors 5: Bloodlines) and a prequel (Tremors 4: The Legend Begins).

In addition to the film series, Tremors: The Series, a television series that premiered on Syfy, was produced, only to be cancelled after 13 episodes.

Films[edit]

Crew/detail Film
Tremors
(1990)
Tremors 2: Aftershocks
(1996)
Tremors 3: Back to Perfection
(2001)
Tremors 4: The Legend Begins
(2004)
Tremors 5: Bloodlines
(2015)
Director Ron Underwood S. S. Wilson Brent Maddock S. S. Wilson Don Michael Paul
Producer(s) Brent Maddock
S. S. Wilson
Nancy Roberts
Christopher DeFaria
Nancy Roberts
S. S. Wilson
Nancy Roberts Ogden Gavanski
Writer(s) Screenplay by:
S. S. Wilson
Brent Maddock

Story by:
S. S. Wilson
Brent Maddock
Ron Underwood
Brent Maddock
S. S. Wilson
John Whelpley Screenplay by:
Scott Buck

Story by:
Brent Maddock
S. S. Wilson
Nancy Roberts
Screenplay by:
William Truesmith
M. A. Deuce
John Whelpley

Story by:
William Truesmith
M. A. Deuce
C. J. Strebor
Cinematography Alexander Gruszynski Virgil L. Harper Michael Swan
Composer Ernest Troost Jay Ferguson Kevin Kiner Jay Ferguson Frederik Wiedmann
Editor O. Nicholas Brown Bob Ducsay Drake Silliman Harry B. Miller III Vanick Moradian
Production
companies
No Frills Film Production
Wilson-Maddock Production
Stampede Entertainment Capacity Relations
Universal 1440 Entertainment
Distributor Universal Pictures Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Runtime 96 minutes 97 minutes 104 minutes 101 minutes 99 minutes
Release date January 19, 1990 April 9, 1996 October 2, 2001 January 2, 2004 October 5, 2015

Tremors (1990)[edit]

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 straight 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 both from professional critics and fans of the film series.

Tremors 6 (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 is expected to return along with director Don Michael Paul.[3] Filming commenced in late January 2017.[4] The film will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on January 30, 2018.[5]

Television[edit]

Tremors 2: Aftershocks - The Lost Monsters! (Cancelled)[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 UFO's, etc. to battle other little-known creatures."[6] However, it was never produced.

Tremors: The Series (2003)[edit]

Tremors: The Series is a television spin-off of the Tremors films which originally ran on Syfy, with one season and thirteen episodes aired before being canceled.

Untitled television series (TBA)[edit]

Main article: Tremors_(2018_TV_series)

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 movie.[7] In September 2016, it was announced the series was moving forward at Amazon Prime Video,[8] however, in June 2017, the pilot was moved to Syfy.[9] In August 2017, it was announced that Vincenzo Natali will direct the pilot[10] which will be written by showrunner Andrew Miller[11] with filming taking place from late October 2017 through November 2017.[11]

Video games[edit]

Tremors: The Game (Cancelled)[edit]

A Tremors video game based on the franchise was announced in August 2002 by Rock Solid Studios.[12] It was scheduled for release during the fall of 2003.[13] However, the game was quietly canceled in the summer of that year.[12]

Dirt Dragons (2004)[edit]

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

Cast[edit]

Character Films Television
Tremors
(1990)
Tremors 2:
Aftershocks

(1996)
Tremors 3:
Back to Perfection

(2001)
Tremors 4:
The Legend Begins

(2004)
Tremors 5:
Bloodlines

(2015)
Tremors 6
(2018)
Tremors:
The Series

(2003)
Untitled TV Series
Burt Gummer Michael Gross Michael Gross
Hiram Gummer Michael Gross
Earl Basset Fred Ward Mentioned only
Valentine McKee Kevin Bacon Mentioned only Kevin Bacon
Rhonda LeBeck Finn Carter Mentioned only
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 Mentioned only Mentioned only
Walter Chang Victor Wong Mentioned only
Nestor Cunningham Richard Marcus Mentioned only
Old Fred Michael Dan Wagner Mentioned only
Edgar Deems Sunshine Parker
Jim Wallace Conrad Bachmann
Megan Wallace Bibi Besch
Howard John Goodwin
Carmine John Pappas
Grady Hoover Christopher Gartin Mentioned only
Dr. Kate Riley Helen Shaver
Julio Marco A. Hernandez
Señor Carlos Ortega Marcelo Tubert
Pedro José Ramón 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
Christine Lord Sara Botsford
Black Hand Kelly Billy Drago
Tecopa August Schellenberg
Brick Walters Matthew Seth Wilson
Stony Walters Dan Lemieux
Big Horse Johnson John Dixon
Soggy Don Ruffin
Travis Welker[14] Jamie Kennedy
Lucia Natalie Becker
Basson Lawrence Joffe
Ndebele Chieftain Ernest Ndhlovu
Dr. Michael Swan Emmanuel Castis
Riley Zak Hendrikz
Tyler Reed Victor Browne
Rosalita Sanchez Gladys Jimenez
W.D. Twitchell Dean Norris
Larry Norvel J.D. Walsh
Cletus Poffenberger Christopher Lloyd
Harlowe Winnemucca Branscombe Richmond
Dr. Casey Matthews Sarah Rafferty
Roger Garrett Richard Biggs
Frank Nicholas Turturro

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
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
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
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
Best Sound Editing - Direct to Video Nomination

Tremors exhibit at Lone Pine[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 use to burst through the ground, a miniature of Chang's Market used in Tremors 4: The Legend Begins, and a mount of a Shrieker used in Tremors II: Aftershocks.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vincent Canby (1990-01-19). "Underground Creatures and Dread Events". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Movies News Desk. "Sci-fi Comedy Adventure TREMORS 5 Coming to DVD & Digital HD in 2016". broadwayworld.com. 
  3. ^ Gross, Michael (September 20, 2016). "It's Happening!". Facebook. 
  4. ^ Squires, John (January 17, 2017). "'Tremors 6' Will Begin Filming in South Africa Next Week". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved January 17, 2017. 
  5. ^ Kennedy, Michael (2017-04-28). "Tremors 6 Gets A January 2018 Release Date". Screen Rant. Retrieved 2017-10-07. 
  6. ^ "TREMORS 2: Aftershocks - The Lost Monsters!". stampede-entertainment.com. 
  7. ^ Trumbone, Dave. "Kevin Bacon to Battle Graboids in 'Tremors' TV Series". Collider.com. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "The "Tremors" TV Series is Moving to Amazon - Bloody Disgusting!". 2016-09-01. Retrieved 2016-09-12. 
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "'Tremors' Reboot Starring Kevin Bacon From Blumhouse Gets Syfy Pilot Order". Deadline. Retrieved June 26, 2017. 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 22, 2017). "'Tremors': Vincenzo Natali To Direct Syfy-Blumhouse Reboot Starring Kevin Bacon". Deadline. Retrieved August 22, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b Gomez, Adrian (2017-10-04). "Kevin Bacon back in the saddle for 'Tremors' pilot". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved 2017-10-07. 
  12. ^ a b "Tremors". gamespy. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  13. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20021006222735/http://www.rocksolidstudios.com/projects/tremors.htm
  14. ^ Movies News Desk. "Sci-fi Comedy Adventure TREMORS 5 Coming to DVD & Digital HD in 2016". broadwayworld.com. 
  15. ^ Robert Sgman. "Tremors & Sci-Fi Exhibit". lonepinefilmhistorymuseum.org.