Tremors 4: The Legend Begins
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|Tremors 4: The Legend Begins|
|Directed by||S. S. Wilson|
|Produced by||Nancy Roberts|
|Screenplay by||Scott Buck|
|Story by||Brent Maddock
S. S. Wilson
|Based on||Characters by
S. S. Wilson
J. E. Freeman
|Music by||Jay Ferguson|
|Cinematography||Virgil L. Harper|
|Edited by||Harry B. Miller III|
|Distributed by||Universal Home Entertainment|
Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (previously known as Tremors: Original Showdown and also known as Tremors 4 or Tremors: The Legend Begins) is a 2004 direct-to-video western monster film directed by S. S. Wilson and written by Brent Maddock, Nancy Roberts, and Wilson. It is the fourth film in the Tremors series of films and released on DVD on January 2, 2004. As a prequel to the earlier films and television series, it depicts the town of Rejection, which is the location that would later be renamed Perfection, the main setting for the first Tremors film. It stars Michael Gross as Hiram Gummer, the great grandfather of the character Burt Gummer, whom Gross portrayed in every other Tremors film.
In 1889, the inhabitants of Rejection (later Perfection) are completely dependent on the income from a nearby silver mine. One day, a hot spring causes graboid eggs to hatch, resulting in the death of 17 miners. Hiram Gummer, great-grandfather of Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) and the mine's owner, arrives in town to fix the problem. After graboids attack his camp one night, he is shocked by their presence. One of his companions, Juan, kills one with a pickax, and the pair escapes.
Inexperienced and not fond of firearms, Hiram calls for a gunfighter, Black Hand Kelly (Billy Drago). Hiram and Kelly do not get along well, though Kelly succeeds in conveying to Hiram some of his attitude towards firearms and life in general. Eventually, Kelly is eaten alive, but not before discovering that a total of four graboids have hatched. Hiram decides to abandon Rejection and leave the townsfolk to their fates. However, they force him to give them the silver mine, threatening to alert potential buyers to the danger if he sells it out from under them. In Carson City, Hiram receives a telegram revealing that the fully grown graboids have made it through the pass and are headed for the town. Changing his mind, he buys weapons, heads back to Rejection to lead a last stand against the graboids, and helps the town ready itself.
After two graboids are killed, the third one adapts and avoids all of the traps. Hiram tricks it into coming to the surface and then attaches it by the tail to the wheel of a steam traction engine. The graboid is reeled in and slammed against the wheel with such force that it is explosively decapitated on impact. With the creatures dead, the town decides to keep them secret out of fear that no one would settle in the area if their existence were known, and use the proceeds from the mine to pay for their belongings. Hiram settles in Rejection, building his home in the same place where his great-grandson Burt's would one day be. He is also given a Colt 1865 Gatling gun and begins target practice, enjoying it.
- Michael Gross as Hiram Gummer
- Sara Botsford as Christine Lord
- Billy Drago as Black Hand Kelly
- Brent Roam as Juan Padilla
- August Schellenberg as Tecopa
- Ming Lo as Pyong Lien Chang
- Lydia Look as Lu Wan Chang
- Sam Ly as Fu Yien Chang
- J. E. Freeman as Old Fred
- Matthew Seth Wilson as Brick Walters
- Dan Lemieux as Stony Walters
- Don Ruffin as Soggy
- John Dixon as Big Horse Johnson
Firearms used in the film
- Remington Mark III
The Remington Mark III single-shot 10-gauge pistol was the only gun used in the film that was not historically accurate, being manufactured from 1915-1918. According to Stampede Entertainment, "S. S. Wilson and Michael Gross loved it so much they decided to use it anyway". The handgun can be seen when Hiram gives it to Lu Wan to use in the final battle. However, Hiram calls it a "derringer". It is used by Lu Wan to blow the head off a tentacle of the graboid that attacks her on the wagon.
The Sharps 1874 buffalo rifle was used by Juan in the final battle. It was 45-70 caliber, but Hiram refers to as a .52 caliber in the film.
- Remington No. 1 rolling block
The Remington No. 1 rolling block used in the film fired 45-70 blanks, but was called a 45-120 in the film. Pyong Chang fires it from the back of the steam traction engine during the final battle.
- Colt Gatling gun
The Colt Gatling gun used in the film was a genuine antique 45-70 caliber Colt pre-1900. It was used by Hiram in the final scene of the movie.
The punt gun used by Hiram in the final battle was designed by prop master Bill Davis, weighing 94 pounds (43 kg) and measuring 8 feet 4 inches (2.54 m) long. The gun had a 2-inch (5.1 cm) bore, which classifies it as an "A gauge". According to Stampede Entertainment, "The entire trigger assembly of the punt gun dropped down to allow the loading of the internal shotgun with triple load 12-gauge black powder blanks." In addition, WD-40 was sprayed into the barrel before firing which would create extra smoke.
- Colt Single Action Army "The Peacemaker" - used by Black Hand Kelly as his weapon of choice
- 1860 Henry repeating rifle - used by Christine Lord
- Smith & Wesson model 3 - used by Old Fred
- H & R Firearms single-shot - used by Fu Yien
- Remington 1875 - used by Tecopa
- L.C. Smith shotgun - also used by Tecopa
- Winchester 1873 - used by Big Horse Johnson
- Winchester 1886 - used by Juan and Black Hand Kelly in the "muling station" sequence
- .22 caliber Sharps pepperbox - used by Hiram in the "muling station" sequence
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