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Tremors (1990)



Critic Consensus: An affectionate throwback to 1950s creature features, Tremors reinvigorates its genre tropes with a finely balanced combination of horror and humor.

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Tremors is actually two movies in one. On its own terms, it's an enjoyable modern sci-fi horror-thriller, with good pacing and a sense of humor; but it's also a loving tribute to such 1950s low-budget desert-based sci-fi-horror films like Them!, It Came From Outer Space, Tarantula, and The Monolith Monsters. Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward are the stars, a pair of small-town handymen living in a small desert community, who stumble upon several difficult-to-explain phenomena, including a couple of people who've died under extremely strange (and, in one instance, very grisly) circumstances. Eventually, they and a handful of their neighbors find the cause: gigantic prehistoric worm-like creatures that streak under the desert the way fish swim through oceans, reaching up and grabbing anything they need for food. Cut off from the outside world, they have to figure out how to get across the desert alive while these creatures -- that are smart as well as fast -- close in on them, stalking them like monster sharks. The film benefits from the presence of special effects that are good enough to pull this all off, keeping the shock value high, and also from a subtly humorous script and performances to match by the entire cast, and director Ron Underwood's breezy pacing of the whole picture. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

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Kevin Bacon
as Valentine McKee
Fred Ward
as Earl Basset
Finn Carter
as Rhonda LeBeck
Michael Gross
as Burt Gummer
Reba McEntire
as Heather Gummer
Bobby Jacoby
as Melvin Plugg
Victor Wong
as Walter Chang
John Pappas
as Carmine
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Critic Reviews for Tremors

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (10)

It's a zippy melodrama for small-town America and small-towners at heart: well-executed kitsch for audiences that will still be amused at the notion that the bugs are getting so big, they'll drag us all down.

January 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Tremors is the Slacker of monster movies: bemused, improvisatory, willfully low-key.

January 21, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Unlike the typical movie homage, Tremors actually improves on the B-movies that inspired it.

January 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Entertaining and unself-conscious enough to stand the test of time, even if the puppetry doesn't.

February 3, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Tremors has a few clever twists but ultimately can't decide what it wants to be - flat-out funny, which it's not, or a scarefest.

October 18, 2008 | Full Review…

Horror/comedies often tread too far to one side or the other of that fine line; Tremors walks it like a tightrope.

June 10, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tremors


A cult classic. A great low budget B-movie feel to it, very funny to. Everyone should love this.

Dean King
Dean King

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Now this is what a monster movie should be like: tense, entertaining as hell, funny and super well made - and I don't mean only those gooey creatures that look really nice on screen, but it is really cool how they make all those houses shake on their foundations like that.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Big fun B-movie as underground monsters terrorize a small desert town. Thick with good ole boy charm and whimsy its simply just plain great for families as survival is something that only happens with everyone's help. Michael Gross and Reba McIntire are standouts as Tea Partiers gone wild.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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