Friday, 7 January 2011
Tremors is a 1990 science fiction horror film directed by Ron Underwood. The film was received well by critics and holds an 88% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, becoming a cult classic, followed by two direct-to-video sequels Tremors 2: Aftershocks (1996), Tremors 3: Back to Perfection (2001), one prequel Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (2004) and the television show Tremors: The Series (2003).
The story follows Valentine McKee (Kevin Bacon) and Earl Basset (Fred Ward) who work in a small, secluded settlement in the Nevada desert. With the disappearance of residents and a number of unexplained animal deaths occurring in the area which coincide with strange seismic readings, the pair discover the existence of undocumented subterranean creatures stalking any animal living in the area. Dubbed 'Graboids', the residents and a visiting seismologist must fight to survive the appetite of these insatiable creatures.
I was already aware of Tremors and the back story from watching the TV series, but i'd never seen the film before. Similar to the other films we've watched in the narrative prgramme though, i felt the mystery of monster and what is was worked better than actually seeing the monster. For me, the tension of not knwing is a much more enjoyable than seeing the monster. Part of this is because of the less developed special effects of the B-movie eras, but also because the unknowing always keeps its audience hooked. As soon as the unknowing is revealed, the film loses that element of mystery and curiosity. However, Tremors was extremely enjoyable and a well made film that had me hooked from the beginning to end.