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(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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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald news from Carmen Ejogo
  • A look at amazing Blade Runner 2049 miniatures
  • A new title for Bumblebee
  • Another crazy Mission: Impossible stunt
  • F. Murray Abraham joins How To Train Your Dragon 3
  • That Tremors TV show finished shooting its pilot

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In 2017, beloved movies and television shows don’t die – they just hibernate. We knew that Tremors was coming back as a television series on Syfy and we knew that it would see the return of Kevin Bacon‘s Valentine McKee, but now we know who will help usher forward the small screen continuation of this (pretty darn great) horror adventure: director Vincenzo Natali.

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Tremors TV

It’s been nearly two years since we’ve heard any updates about the Tremors TV show based on the cult classic sci-fi/horror monster movie, but now its star and executive producer has revealed that the project is not only still in the works, but it has finally found a cable network partner. Kevin Bacon, who starred in the original movie back in 1990 and will appear in the new TV sequel, says the pilot is heading to Syfy.
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Tremors TV Series

In the past five or six years, Kevin Bacon has made some pretty interesting choices as an actor. He’s taken on two extremely different kind of superhero movie with X-Men: First Class and James Gunn’s dark indie Super, went back to romantic comedy territory with Crazy Stupid Love, had a misstep with R.I.P.D. (though that wasn’t his fault), starred in the fun indie Cop Car, and led the chilling TV series The Following, which eventually got too crazy for its own good.

But now Bacon is ready to return to his roots as the star and executive producer of a new Tremors TV series that is currently in the works from Universal Cable Productions and Blumhouse Productions. Read More »