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May 042016

It’s been a long time since the fourth installment of the Tremors franchise, which left the impression that it was all over. Now it’s back with Tremors 5: Bloodlines. Once again Burt Gummer (Michael Gross), the only original character to return, is back fighting graboids and other monsters to come from them.

Burt is now famous because he has a series about being a survivalist and has his own brand of marinade made from cactus juice. You’ve got to admire Burt’s level of resourcefulness.

While filming an episode, Burt is approached by videographer Travis Welker (Jaime Kennedy) who is wild on a motorcycle and becomes Burt’s new cameraman after the old one leaves. Travis is also a big fan of Burt and intends to expand his brand, despite Burt’s reluctance.

Soon Erich Van Wyk (Daniel Janks) from the South African Wildlife Ministry arrives and tells Burt of a graboid problem in South Africa. It’s hard to believe since they are confined in Perfection, Nevada, but there is no better man to handle the problem than Burt Gummer.

We all know how Burt likes to be over prepared. However, the gun laws in Africa are too strict forcing Burt to result in basic firearms that aren’t nearly powerful enough to kill a graboid or their kin. At least Burt can use his electronic seismic vibration monitor and heat blocking gear.

Burt is also known for his hilarity. The best example in this movie is the scene when Burt ends up caged and left for dead. Even with his survival skills, the heat from the sun causes Burt to go insane.

Eventually the monster reveals itself as a new and even more advanced breed of graboid. It’s like a combination of all three types (graboid, shrieker, and ass-blaster) with an even creepier presence and clawed feet like a raptor. What will the franchise come up with next?

I’ll tell you what, a queen graboid that can leap out of the ground along with detachable snake tongues that attack separately, is creepier than any of the other graboids they had before.

This was an interesting sequel to help bring back the Tremors franchise after 12 years. Will there be another sequel with Burt and Travis teaming up again? Only time will tell.

Dec 282011

The final installment, Tremors 4: The Legend Begins, is a prequel to the other Tremors films. It takes place in the Wild West at the small town of Perfection in the year 1889, a hundred years before the events of the first Tremors movie. Back then the town was called Rejection instead of Perfection. I can definitely see why they changed it.

The graboids attack and eat the men working in the mines. However, these creatures are known as dirt dragons and the only new feature is that the little ones jump out of the ground when they strike and come from eggs. It’s merely an earlier stage that has never been revealed before.

Many of the townsfolk have left Rejection after the mine was closed down due to the attacks. The town’s only hope to fight those dirt dragons is a great conqueror. It turns out to be the owner of the mine, Hiram Gummer (Michael Gross). He may be Burt Gummer’s ancestor, but Hiram is nothing like Burt. Heck, he doesn’t even own a simple firearm. “This is the Wild West. Never go unarmed.”

Hiram and mine worker Juan Pedilla (Brent Roam), who struggles to hold onto a good hat, head down to the mine to investigate, but only to find what’s left of the dead minors. That soon changes when the dirt dragons attack during the night. It makes the journey back to town even tougher.

After getting back to Rejection, Hiram decides to hire an expert gunman to help kill those dirt dragons. He is Black Hand Kelly (Billy Drago). While hunting down the dirt dragons, Kelly tries to teach Hiram to step up as a man and to always be prepared. Like Burt Gummer perhaps?

There are many gags that reference the first Tremors movie, including a character named old Fred that the graboids killed. This film also had an old Fred (J.E. Freeman), only his face is not under his hat. It’s under a wagon, but just as creepy.

This was a good prequel, which shows that Val and Earl weren’t the first people in Perfection to discover the graboids, but were the first to become famous for it.

Feb 232011

It’s been a long time since the graboids attacked the town of Perfection, which has become famous for it. They’re back and badder than ever in Tremors 3 – Back to Perfection.

The original graboids and the shriekers both return. The newer version of graboid, which is called an assblaster, not only has heat sensers, but they can also fly with their rocket-powered farts. Those assblasters must love their beans.

Some of the original characters from the first Tremors film return. Leading the pack this time is Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) and his signature Atlanta Hawks hat. Ariana Richards, who plays Molly, has grown into a gorgeous young woman since I saw her in Jurassic Park and the first Tremors movie.

There was a point when a graboid did eat Burt, but it didn’t kill him. He managed to kill the graboid from the inside. Now that’s a first.

This film was good, but still no match to the original classic. What will those graboids evolve into next to gain a new edge over the human race? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Nov 192010

Just when you thought the graboids were gone, they’re back in Tremors 2: Aftershocks, lots of them. This time, Earl (Fred Ward) gets summoned to Mexico along with his new friend Grady (Christopher Garten) to hunt and kill the graboids terrorizing people at an oil refinery. They use remote controlled cars armed with dynamite. Don’t forget your umbrella.

Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) also returns to help Earl and Grady. It turns out that Burt has a stuffed graboid head in his rec room. I wonder if he rebuilt the wall around it.

This new version of graboid is blind and deaf, but very wild. They’re smaller, can run fast, and have heat sensors. At least they’re easier to kill. Burt can tell you that. Unfortunately, his over preparedness still wasn’t enough to handle this stampede of shriekers. What’s worse it that the shriekers can also reproduce just by eating Burt’s M.R.E. food, even if it does taste like toilet paper.

I think it’s a good sequel, but in my opinion, the original is still better.

May 262010

Tremors is a funny horror movie about giant worm like creatures with numerous snake tongues called graboids that burrow under the ground and snatch humans to eat everywhere they go. 

Val (Kevin Bacon) and Earl (Fred Ward) are a couple of handymen, who do odd jobs all over the town of Perfection. Other characters trying to survive include Melvin Plug (Robert Jayne) the practical joker, Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) the over prepared ammo supplier, his wife Heather (Reba MacEntire), and others. 

Of course the real stars of this movie are the graboids. They’re blind, but have super hearing, super strength, and super patience when it comes to hunting for victims. It may be safe up on the roof tops, but the graboids never give up. They could even take down buildings if they wanted to.

As Burt and Heather gun down a graboid that breaks into their basement, it took everything they had, including a flare gun and an elephant gun, to take it out. Talk about thick-skinned. The graboids also seem to get smarter as their graboid buddies get killed, especially old Stumpy. Luckily there are only four of them.

Now that I think of it, I’m not so sure if this movie is really part of the horror genre. One thing’s for sure, It’s a real classic.