Release Date: January 19, 1990
Tremors is considered a horror movie, but not particularly scary. That is okay because it fits into the genre anyway. With a monster movie you want a few things, a good (or at least decent) looking monster, a terror caused by the monster (meaning you would never want to run into it), and it needs to be hard to kill with the characters having to come up with a plan to defeat it. Originality helps too. This movie ticks all the boxes. The monster may have not been the world’s best special effects, but it was pretty good, with the exception being the smaller snake like tongues. Those gave it a B-movie feel, but everything else made up for it. The monster was pretty original and the filmmakers did a very good job at making it seem unbeatable. The monster was too tough for anything the characters could throw at it and even when one was defeated it was clear that method couldn’t really be repeated.
The cast was pretty darn good and their acting, save for the kid as he was awful, made what could have felt like a b-movie feel like a legit Hollywood film. Kevin Bacon has never been a favorite of mine, but his character here was great. The right mix of idiot and scrappy smart guy. Fred Ward is as great as always. He can mix comedy and badass like nobody else in the 80s-90s. He was never trying too hard to be funny and was never too much of a bad-ass. Here he felt like your tough as nails uncle who told dad jokes. Reba was fine, but she overacts a bit. Michael Gross was good here, but I remember him getting better in the sequels (still need to rewatch those).
This is a fun movie that is well worth the hour and a half and has held up very well in the past 28 years.