Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no one day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of October, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read.
31 Days Of Halloween is a recurring daily feature that will run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror movie recommendation that is guaranteed to amplify your Halloween festivities. We’ll be watching every film the day it’s featured, and we hope you’ll follow along at home. If you have a suggestion, contact us and we may include your favorite scarefest in an upcoming column!
Day 23: Tremors (1990)
In the Gobi Desert there are rumors of a creature said to resemble a worm that lives in the sand. This creature is known to kill animals and humans. Although it lives only as a legend it is as well known and believed in as Bigfoot. In 1990 this legendary worm inspired a movie starring Kevin Bacon. That movie, of course, was Tremors.
Tremors is set in rural (desert) Nevada where a pair of handymen decide they have had enough of small town life and set out to do bigger things. This plan is cut short by a series of strange deaths and a rockslide, which traps them in the town. Soon the townsfolk discover that the deaths are not the work of a serial killer, at least not a human one. They discover that underground there are creatures (eventually named “graboids”) that are wormlike in nature and can find you through the vibrations in the ground. With the path out of town blocked and the graboids slowly killing off everyone they are left with only one option: kill the graboids.
I am not sure how many times I have seen Tremors. I asked my mom and she assures me it is a high number. This is easily one of my favorite monster movies in all of history. It takes all the suspense of Jaws (because graboids are the sharks of the desert) and mixes it with all the comedy of Kevin Bacon in a cowboy hat. In true B-movie form Tremors balances the scares with the right kind of satirical humor without being too serious or too outrageous. Tremors even spawned three sequels (two of which are certified “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes) and a tv series that lasted thirteen episodes. You can check out the trailer for the original below.
You can buy Tremors on Blu-ray here, but I will stick to watching the VHS copy I have had for nearly two decades.
Editorial written by: Justin Proper (Twitter)