25 Oct 2014

Tremors (1990) on DVD, Tremors II: Aftershocks (1996) on VHS, Tremors 3: Back to Perfection on VHS (2003), Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (2004) on DVD.

My love for Tremors all started when I was at a friend's house who used to live just down the road from me. I was about 8-9. I couldn't have been much older than that and my friend was even younger. We watched it on VHS of course and it was recorded from off the tv. I remember heading home that night and being so terrified that I ran the whole way back being very careful not to run on the grass or any soft ground.

For anyone that doesn't know, Tremors is a B-movie that takes place in an isolated dusty old town called Perfection in Nevada where two handymen named Val (Kevin Bacon) and Earl (Fred Ward) meet a seismologist who has detected strange "Tremors" around the area. Soon after people start getting killed and trapped by the underground creatures that they name "Graboids".

A few years later when I watched it again I realised how silly I was for being so afraid of it. The same thing happened with Critters. I was so terrified of that film but years later watching it I realised it's actually rather funny! It's strange how as a kid you don't pick up on those things. But then there is quite a lot of gore and tension scenes in both those films so viewing that as a kid is bound to leave an impression!

A photo of my copy of the DVD Tremors because I can't find the VHS recording.

I had a tv recording of Tremors for years. I recorded it from the english tv station BBC1 which had no adverts. I had the tape for a long time but couldn't find it for this post. It may have even been taped over. If I do find it in future I will post a photo here though. It wasn't until one night I saw that it was on Network 2 (an Irish channel with lots of adverts) that I realised the BBC version had actually cut some bits of the film! It wasn't super important bits but that's still very annoying. So I'm pretty sure I then recorded it off of Network 2 (stopping it when the ads came on).

It wasn't until some time after I found out it had a sequel! I couldn't believe it and was super excited to watch it! I can't actually remember how I came across it. I'm pretty sure I saw it in the RTE Guide (Irish tv guide) and then I recorded it off the tv like the first one and eventually asked my mammy to get it for me when she'd go shopping to Dublin. I had a nice long list of films I wanted her to get me, haha!

My VHS of Tremors II: Aftershocks
My VHS of Tremors II: Aftershocks

Tremors II: Aftershocks sees the return of Earl (Fred Ward) who goes to help an oil company in Mexico with its Graboid infestation. With the help of Grady Hoover and Burt Gummer (who also returns) they battle not only Graboids but a new terror, Shriekers.

The second Tremors, in my opinion, is just as good as the first. To be honest I love them all equally. They each have something great about them. I have them watched to death and even still remember most of the lines.

My VHS of Tremors 3: Back to Perfection.
My VHS of Tremors 3: Back to Perfection.

Now we move along to Tremors 3 which I also have on VHS. Another video I'm pretty sure my mammy got me. She knew I was a fan! Tremors 3: Back to Perfection pretty much says it all in the title. This time we return with Burt Gummer (who is in every Tremors film) fighting off not only Graboids and Shriekers but another stage of Graboid evolution. They're brilliantly named "Ass-Blasters". I will say this one is way more lighthearted and fun but still great! There are many scenes I could go on about but I don't want to spoil it anymore than I have.

My DVD of Tremors 4: The Legend Begins.

Again it was my mammy who bought me, this time, the DVD of Tremors 4: The Legend Begins. The prequel set in 1889. Once again starring Michael Gross who plays Burt Gummer in all the rest of the films but this time he plays Hirman Gummer, Burt Gummer's ancestor who arrives at Rejection, Nevada to investigate why work has stopped at his mine and of course Graboids are the main problem. I will say this one isn't the best of the bunch but it's still fun and stars Billy Drago who is seriously creepy.

I don't know how it was that I ended up with the 1st and 4th ones on DVD but the 2nd and 3rd on VHS. I guess at the time they were pretty hard to come by. Now though you can get them on Blu-Ray which I will have to get soon.

I should also mention that there was a Tremors tv series which didn't last very long. At the time it was incredibly hard to find it and I don't even know how I managed to see 2 episodes. And I also just realised Dean Norris is in it! Most people will know him as Hank in Breaking Bad. You can buy the series here but it's a US import so you can't play it over here without a region free DVD player. I'm sure you could find it to download though, which is what I'll be doing.

Latest news about Tremors is they're making a 5th one! It's going to be set in Africa and yet again sees the return of Burt. I'm extremely excited and can't wait to see it!

This was for Halloween but I'd dress like that all the time if I could to be honest.

And lasty, FrightRags do some amazing horror related t-shirts and as soon as I saw they were doing a Tremors one I had to have it.

I mean, just look at it! I love it very much. Unfortunately I don't think it's available anymore but keep an eye out as they do sometimes bring things back from the graveyard.

Any Tremors fans out there right now reading this? Comment and let me know cos I'd love to hear from you! I don't know many Tremors fans.

And even if you're not a fan, let me know if you're going to check them out cos you really should!

Thanks for reading guys!
Lots more posts like this to come so keep watching!

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