(Welcome to DTV Descent, a series where we explore the weird and wild world of direct-to-video sequels to theatrically released movies. In this edition we return once more to the world of Tremors with the sixth (!) sequel, which is currently available on Netflix.)

It’s a new year, and the world of home video sequels continues its slow-motion spread through pop culture. Perhaps fittingly, we start 2021 with a sequel to a long-running franchise that’s now over 30 years old. Impressive! You’d think an article covering a whopping five DTV sequels to the still fantastic Tremors (1990) would be the last word on the topic, but no. Our friends at Universal 1440 Entertainment are back at it with a new entry once again pitting fools against monsters.

And before you ask, yes, of course Michael Gross is back as Graboid hunter extraordinaire, Burt Gummer. Now keep reading for a look at the latest film to feature characters saying the words “ass blaster” with a straight face, Tremors: Shrieker Island!

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The Batman Trailer in LEGO

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch the teaser trailer for Matt Reeves‘ upcoming The Batman recreated entirely in LEGO. Plus, learn how to craft a good jump scare in the horror genre, and what makes a bad jump scare. And finally, find out everything you need to know about the Tremors timeline, which now spans seven movies and a TV series, if you can believe it. Read More »

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Tremors celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and Universal Pictures is kicking up a storm to celebrate the occasion. There’s a new direct-to-VOD sequel on the way in the form of Tremors: Shrieker Island and a 30-minute documentary, which the studio made available free to watch online now. The documentary, titled Tremors: Making Perfection, features Valentine McKee himself, Kevin Bacon, looking back on the horror comedy cult classic.

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ron underwood interview

A few months ago, when I resumed writing this column for How Did This Get Made?, I began by making a wish list of filmmakers who I’d been wanting to speak with for years. And one of the people at the top of that list was the subject of today’s piece: Ron Underwood

Even if you don’t know the name “Ron Underwood,” you’ve probably seen some of his work. Maybe it was when you were a kid. Maybe in school you were shown one of his sweet-natured stop-motion educational films. Films like Courtesy: A Good Eggsample. Or maybe you saw his adorable adaptation of Beverly Cleary’s The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Or maybe your introduction to Underwood’s work came through one of his beloved films from the ’90s. Perhaps it was Tremors? Or City Slickers? Or Mighty Joe Young? Again, at some point in your life, you’ve probably seen a Ron Underwood film. Which makes it all the more ironic that what led me to Mr. Underwood was the one film of his that you’ve almost definitely never seen. A film so few people saw that even now, nearly 20 years after the fact, it’s still considered to be one of the “costliest box office flops of all-time”: The Adventures of Pluto Nash

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quarantine stream tremors

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: Tremors

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: Working-class guys Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward are bored with life in their small Nevada town, but that boredom won’t last. Why? Because giant subterranean monsters have come to town, and they’re picking people off one by one.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: The people in Tremors find themselves stuck in one place – or they risk running afoul of those hungry monsters, dubbed graboids. The sheltering-in-place element of the movie means Tremors has never been more relatable! Also: this movie owns, as the kids say.

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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • The original witches from Hocus Pocus will apparently be back for the sequel.
  • Halloween Kills has wrapped, so let’s all look at Anthony Michael Hall!
  • Ghostbusters 2020 has also wrapped, but here’s one more casting announcement.
  • Remember Jon Heder? He’s back, appearing in a new Tremors sequel.

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tremors tv show trailer

Tremors is the little horror series that could. What began with a terrific 1990 movie about giant man-eating worms wreaking havoc in a small Nevada town spawned an unlikely franchise: five not-always-awful direct-to-video sequels and a short-lived 2003 TV series on the Sci-Fi Channel. Even as Sci-Fi became Syfy, Tremors kept on trucking…and then came news that a new TV show was in the works, Syfy was making it, and original star Kevin Bacon was set to return as the charmingly lunkheaded hero, Valentine McKee.

However, the new Tremors was axed before it could even be born, with Syfy pulling the plug just a few weeks ago. But the internet is a wild place, a vast desert where just about anything can come lurching out of the ground. Like a very cool trailer for the Tremors TV show, filled with giant worms, dusty locales, and, of course, lots of Kevin Bacon wearing a cowboy hat.

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(Welcome to DTV Descent, a series where we explore the weird and wild world of direct-to-video sequels to theatrically released movies. In this edition we dig deep on the five – five! – DTV sequels to the terrifically fun and eminently rewatchable Tremors.)

1990’s Tremors is something of a rare bird. It’s a creature feature that appeals to all kinds of moviegoers as it delivers monster mayhem alongside personality, laughs, and charm. Even more important and impressive? It does it with some fantastic and original practical effects. Big worms, sharp beaks, long tongues… when they blow up it results in big smiles and a rainstorm of sloppy wet guts. It was a modest hit in theaters, but it’s become a beloved modern classic over the years as more people discover it and the rest of us continue to re-watch it.

Sequels seemed like a no-brainer, but it took six years for the first one to appear – straight to video, naturally – and four more have plopped onto DVD in the more than 20 years since. The bigger surprise than their actual existence is the realization that they’re not all as bad as you’d fear. I know, I was surprised too. That said, I used the word “plopped” for a reason. Unmemorable scripts, bland characters, and the advent of cheap, ugly CG mark the franchise as a series of frequently diminishing returns despite holding the odd claim of being an action/horror franchise headlined by Family TiesMichael Gross. The hope that the once upcoming (but newly canceled) TV series from Blumhouse would bring back the magic along with stars Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward is no more, so we’ll have to settle for a look at the five DTV sequels to Tremors.

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tremors reboot

Bad news, Tremors fans. The Tremors reboot starring Kevin Bacon is dead in the ground. Syfy passed on the pilot for the TV series reboot of the 1990 cult classic with original star Bacon set to reprise his role.

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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • It deleted scenes hint at events in It: Chapter 2
  • Is Laura Dern up for a Jurassic World sequel?
  • Brittany Snow wants a Pitch Perfect sequel in space
  • Fantastic Beasts sequel has wrapped
  • Can I interest anyone in Tremors 6?

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