Every so often a gem of a movie comes along that takes everyone by surprise. Tremors is one of those movies. Taking its cue from the old black and white 'B' movies, it tells the story of two handymen, Val and Earl (Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward) who decide to give up their go-nowhere lifestyle on the very day that monsters move into the area and threaten the peaceful existance of Perfection, Nevada.
The movie barrels along at a cracking pace, setting up the plot with a series of strange occurances. When the creatures finally make their appearance, it's with the realization that they're not state of the art creations like, say, Ridley Scott's Alien, but they're still pretty scary in their own right, managing to excite and disgust in equal measure without going over the top.
So, thwarted in their attempts to leave town, Val and Earl are enlisted as reluctant heroes, battling to save the inhabitants of Perfection from becoming a hot lunch. Aided and abetted by the spunky and likeable Finn Carter, as a seismology student caught up in the action, and the excellent Michael Gross as the gun toting Burt Gummer, who manages to steal just about every scene he appears in, the pair quip their way from scene to scene in this lively and underrated horror spoof!
Things to watch out for? Check out the Graboid assault on Burt Gummer's fortified home! The doctor and his wife's demise! And the final 'explosive' scene is comedy-horror at its very best!
While not enjoying the budget of some of the bigger films of its day, Tremors manages to hit all the right notes in so many ways. Watch it!! You won't be disappointed! There are certainly worse ways to spend 92 minutes!