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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2001
Although lacking Kevin Bacon, this sequel does it again with the enjoyable repartee between the characters - especially Earl (Fred Ward) and Burt (Michael Gross). There are many funny scenes and there is an air of originality about it (for a sequel!). It doesn't want to rest on its predecessor's laurels and different ideas keep springing up to good effect. The CGI work (up to a par with Starship Troopers) is not overdone and the director obvioiusly knows when model work is best. Funny and with scenes to make you jump - a worthy sequel to Tremors :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2000
Fred Ward is back fighting Graboids again. No Kevin Bacon but the new sidekick - Christopher Gartin fills the gap as the partner who does not have a clue. He's also a fan of Earl Bassett(Ward) after reading about his original exploits in magazines. Michael Gross steals the show as gun-slinging Burt Gummer, whose marriage to Heather fell apart after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Arriving in Mexico in response to Earl's call for help Burt systematically blows up every Graboid he comes across until the monsters start evolving and getting smarter. As well as making it much harder to deal with the new-style Graboids it lends the film an edge as the heroes adapt to the new monster. As for the finale, to quote Burt - "It's not far enough. It's gonna be BIG!"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
After the huge love and deserved critical praise for Ron Underwood’s 1990 film, Tremors, this in spite of poor box office and lead man Kevin Bacon disowning the film at the time, sequels were always likely. And so it proved.

Fred Ward and Michael Gross return from the first film and are joined by Christopher Gartin, Helen Shaver and Marcelo Tubert. Underwood hands over the directing reins to S.S. Wilson and co-produces instead, while music is by jay Ferguson and cinematography by Virgil Harper.

In spite of adding some new beasties into the mix, it all feels very same old same old, only without the funny script and any sense of peril. What made Tremors so strong was that even as it had its tongue in its cheek, homaging 1950s creature features with a proud sense of being, it was still scary and suspenseful. The characters there gave a believable sense of danger and fright, here it’s just done for laughs, we never once think the principal players are remotely scared of the Graboids and their offspring.

Story has advanced for Earl (Ward) and Burt (Gross), where this time it’s Earl who is romancing (Shaver under used but lovely) and Burt is all on his lonesome as his Mrs (Heather played by Reba McEntire) has left him on account of his love of war and weapons, a joke which grows old very fast here. Still, when the action isn’t of the budget CGI kind, it’s well staged and good fun, though Wilson’s comic sequence shooting is flat, while Ward is a strong enough actor to carry the film to keep it above average.

Passably enjoyable for fans of creature feature movies without ever being an essential viewing choice. 5/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2006
This film is fun, it's silly, it's stupid, but it's still worth watching!

Going by the rule of diminishing sequels, this film is nowhere near as good as Tremors, it couldn't be - that film was near enough perfect! But this is a different beast and has a different tone to Tremors, more lighter and family friendly.

What makes this film so watchable is Fred Ward returning to his Tremors character and what good luck we get there. Fred is great in this movie and gives a very funny turn, really holding the movie together. Where some of the other cast members just seem annoying, Fred hold it together.

The plot is simple with Fred called in to kill Graboids at an oil field and it all looks low budget, but in a film this silly you don't care. The new creatures are also interesting and add a new dimension, but sadly take away from the creatures that you came to watch.

Not as good as the original, but it's own beast.
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As a rule, most sequels are just terrible, poorly-written retreads of the original movie.

Thankfully, "Tremors 2" Aftershocks" is a rather different beastie -- especially since it introduces a rather different beastie, rather than just having "frantic townspeople run from graboids... again." It's a rollicking, mildly absurd adventure story that retains the style and comedic horror of the first movie, but throws some new twists (and sidekicks, and love interests) into the mix.

Six years after the graboid attacks, Earl Basset (Fred Ward) is grumpy, embittered, alone, and raising ostriches. He's especially upset because he believes that he got his big chance and blew it.

But when a Mexican oil rep appears asking for his expert help, a dorky taxi driver named Grady (Christopher Gartin) convinces Earl to go graboid-hunting once more (for $50,000 per dead worm), in the oil fields of Mexico. Earl and Grady successfully destroy several graboids using dynamite and little toy trucks, although they end up having to call for the help of BUrt Gummer (Michael Gross) who is depressed about his marriage falling apart. A little wholesale destruction is just what he needs.

Then Earl and Grady encounter a newly transformed breed of graboid -- heat-sensing, two-legged "shriekers," which have destroyed all the cars and communications equipment in the area. Archaeologist Kate Reilly (Helen Shaver) also discovers that the shriekers are capable of reproducing at freakish speed when they eat. And after chowing down on BUrt's survivalist food, the four humans find themselves corner by horrible little beasties that are as tenacious as graboids... but much more mobile.

"Tremors 2: Aftershocks" has something few sequels have: a great balance of old (graboid hunting, Earl Basset) and new (shriekers, Mexico!), with the same kind of humour and orange splattergore that the first movie had. It also has a brilliant idea that keeps the graboids from getting boring -- they split open and reproduce into horrible little two-legged monsters that "see" body heat. Wonderful twist.

At first the movie seems fairly relaxed, with Earl and Grady blowing up worms from under their little girly umbrellas and exchanging one-liners ("Must be sick." "Probably ate someone that didn't agree with it"). Occasionally they get into rather comic trouble, such as when a graboid with a working radio (a giant carnivorous worm with its own country-western theme song!) snags their pickup's chain and drags them halfway across Mexico.

And it gets wonderfully over-the-top when Burt arrives with enough guns and explosives to level a small Middle-Eastern country. Then like the graboids, it mutates. Cue frenetic chases, lots of hiding, clever seat-of-their-pants tactics, and very fun dialogue ("A friend of ours, Walter Chang. He named them... then they ate him"), all without an ounce of pretension.

Though Earl is a bit grumpier this time around, Ward plays him as a good-hearted curmudgeon who's had some bad luck, but unexpectedly gets a chance to turn it around, while Shaver makes an smart, capable love interest who reopens his interest in real life. Gartin is perhaps the only flaw, since his graboid groupie is over-the-top flaky and perky much of the time.

And Michael Gross deserves special shout-outs for the ever gung-ho Burt Gummer, who not only has some of the best lines in the movie ("I am COMPLETELY out of ammo. That's never happened to me before") but makes Burt a real person rather than a gun-toting caricature ("She said I couldn't handle life without the threat of global war... what kind of thing is that to say to a man?").

"Tremors 2: Aftershocks" is a rarity in that it's a solid, fun horror/comedy in its own right, rather than just rerunning the first movie with different actors. Excellent twist.
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on 3 April 2011
Following his claim to fame with the Graboid event, Earl Bass (Fred Ward) is living a far from glamorous lifestyle, having made some poor judgement on his finance. Young Grady Hooper (Christopher Gartin), a huge fan of Earl's, brings a man with a subterranean reptilian problem to him. Reluctantly, Earl agrees to go Graboid hunting. With it being such a big task, Earl calls in some back up, his old friend Burt Gummer (Michael Gross). They soon learn that Graboids are only the beginning of their trouble, when the Graboids change into an altogether new creature; heat-seeking Hermaphrodites, which they name Shriekers.

While a lot of film sequels are a disappointment, this movie follows on nicely from the original. Like the original, Aftershocks contains humor, a good score, and nice scenery.
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A solid straight-to-video sequel to the excellent Tremors.
Aftershocks has good performances from returning actors Fred Ward and Michael Gross, and an OK 'replacement' for Kevin Bacons character in Christopher Gartin's likable Grady.
The problem with this film is its overlong in my opinion. At over 100 minutes long, it loses momentum at around the 1 hour mark. Theres a great 80/90 minute movie in here.
Also, the picture quality on the Bu Ray really isnt anything special. Not only is it grainy at times, its also quite fuzzy at times. I expect clearness and sharpness from Blu Ray.
Special features are badly missing too - not even a trailer.
Tremors 2 is the best of the sequels but the Blu Ray is very poor.
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on 27 February 2011
I love these films and I must admit they are all good!!! Sometimes when you are speaking about sequels and prequels some of them are rubbish but not Tremors. Of course it helps that to a certain extent there is a continuity to them. That helps a great deal. Hope you too enjoy the film
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on 6 April 2014
An enjoyable film and Fred Ward is as good as in the original but the evolution of the "worms" is disappointing. The comedy is still good but what made Tremors so good was the suspense and the scary bits were extremely good. Still overall a good film to pass an hour or so with.
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on 18 April 2013
An enjoyable film for fans of the first Tremors film. A variation on the Tremors plot with a good cast but without Kevin Bacon. If you really enjoyed the first film then chances are you will enjoy this one too but watch the original film first.
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