All four films in the 'Tremors' sci-fi comi-drama franchise; 'Tremors' (1989)Handymen Val McKee (Kevin Bacon) and Earl Basset (Fred Ward) are preparing to leave Perfection, Nevada, when their departure is halted by strange rumblings beneath the earth. A seismology student (Finn Carter) reveals that the tremors have been caused by giant underground monsters, which the unlikely trio is soon battling for its life. 'Tremors 2 - Aftershocks' (1995) the first sequel has the main protagonists, Earl Bassett (Fred Ward) and Burt Gummer (Michael Gross), reunited to combat the burrowing monsters from the first film. This time round they are teamed with a sexy scientist (Helen Shaver) and a wild kid (Christopher Gartin) to track down and destroy the killer worms in the oil fields of Mexico. In 'Tremors 3 - Back to Perfection' (2001) the unlikely monikered Perfection Nevada, having survived the acts of the giant 'Graboid' and 'Shrieker' worms, is now once again facing a terrifying external threat - this time from dodgy property developers. Grizzled survivalist Burt Grummer (Michael Gross) returns to his hometown to face down the situation. But things go from bad to worse when a third, mutated strain makes its presence felt and Burt must once again do battle with the Graboids. 'Tremors 4 - The Legend Begins' (2004) is the prequel to the original 'Tremors'. When workers in the remote mining town of Rejection, Nevada, fall victim to an unseen predator, the mine's owner, Hiram Gummer (Michael Gross), hires a mercenary to destroy the carnivorous creatures before they swallow his profits. This results in the battleground moving from deep in the earth to the streets of Rejection.
didn't actually break any new ground (even though its tunneling worm monsters certainly did), but it revved up the classic monster-movie formulas of the 1950s with such energetic enthusiasm and humour that it made everything old seem new again. It's also got a cast full of enjoyable actors who clearly had a lot of fun making the film, and director Ron Underwood strikes just the right balance of comedy and terror as a band of small-town rednecks battles a lot of really nasty-looking giant worms. The special effects are great, the one-liners fly fast and furious between heroes Kevin Bacon
and Fred Ward (and yes, that's country star Reba McEntire packin' awesome firepower), and it's all done with the kind of flair one rarely associates with goofy monster flicks like this. --Jeff Shannon