It’s time for a new entry into our REASONS MOVIES RULE series. Wherein we give you 10 reasons a cult film, be it awesomely good or so bad it’s awesomely good, deserves to be given some respect. This week’s entry: TREMORS.

The REASONS MOVIES RULE series varies from our FILMS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU NEEDED TO SEE series a bit in that you’ve probably seen these films but don’t realize just how much they rule!

To help me out this week, I’ve enlisted the help of, fellow Tremors fanatic, Heather Roddy from Movie Mobsters. I’ll let her kick things off…


It’s fair to say I’ve watched this film hundreds and hundreds of times.  As a kid I rented it at my local video store on a weekly basis and after awhile, my VHS machine even got tired of listening to the Darkman trailer that came right before the swanky tune-age that cued Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward to wake up to the longest weekend of their lives.  The dialogue is campy, the ideals behind the underground monster is a long shot at best, but the acting isn’t half bad, some of the one liners are hilarious, and the character’s are classic.  I’m not ashamed to say I own the quadrilogy.  Tremors is the epitome of Awesomely Bad.


The one-liners.  They may not be reflective or particularly smart, but if quoting Tremors for an entire day is something you cannot do, maybe it’s time we call this friendship a day.  Any of the insane exclamations could be used at random at any given time, and incite pants peeing laughter.  Here are some of my favorites:

BURT: Broke into the wrong God damn rec room, didn’t ya you bastard!

EARL: Be advised, however, that there are two more, repeat, two more motherhumpers.

EARL: Damn it Valentine, you never plan ahead, you never take the long view, I mean here it is Monday and I’m already thinking of Wednesday… It is Monday right?

BURT: I wouldn’t give you a gun if it were World War 3.

RHONDA LeBECK: No, you don’t understand, these creatures are absolutely unprecedented.
NESTOR: Yeah, but where do they come from?

EARL: Run for it? Running’s not a plan! Running’s what you do, once a plan fails!

VALENTINE: Hey – check this out! I found the ass end!


Tremors seemed to have influenced the most hysterical porn parody I have ever seen.  Picture this………a couple is making out on the ridge of a mountain (“SAND GETS IN EVERYTHING!” -thanks Anakin ), and suddenly a small rumble sets this hot and bothered couple apart.  They turn around to see a giant penis with little penis’s coming up the ridge to get…..well you figure the rest out.  It is easily the funniest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.


The Dad from Family Ties is what made sequels possible and a transition from Graboids to ass blasters made the follow up films worth watching.  His role was as Burt, and as insane as he was, he was the “X” factor that made the film work.  Hysterical because of his deadpan seriousness and dedication to his paranoia, he is a character that is epic in the original and has a whole helluva lot of fun taking liberties in the sequels making fun of everything that Burt is.  If he doesn’t make you laugh, what could?


In spite of the ridiculous nature of the sequels the original film is fairly considered a guilty pleasure, or awesomely bad as I prefer to say, but I’ve always found the original film to be a legitimately good movie.  Sure there is a lot of sand, and you know how “IT GETS IN EVERYTHING”, but there was a lot of creativity involved.  The isolation of their small town, the ignorance of it’s population, and the evolution of learning with the characters.  Also it was fucking cool enough to realize it didn’t need a villain or a bad guy.  The Graboids were enough all on their own… that and the goddamn golden oldies.


Okay, giant underground worm that sucks you into the ground?  And if that isn’t enough, wormy phallic snake-like creatures for tongues?  I guess it’s not a shock that somebody connected the dots and made a porno parody of this movie.  In spite of the snake/worm/other things features of out monsters, you have to admit they were pretty formidable especially for having no eyes.  It was a good thing they kept driving into our heads how smart they were.
All right, let me jump in here…



I think we’ve covered that the movie is awesome on it’s own merit but what gives it the charm to rise above other similar films of this genre is the back and forth between, the main characters, Valentine and Earl. Fred Ward (Earl) has proven he can deliver. He can do both comedy and action, so, let’s focus on Kevin Bacon (Valentine). I’ll most definately discuss Fred Ward further when I do Remo Williams. Bacon brings a classic tongue-in-cheek performance that really surprised me. Who knew he could play something other than a killer, pedophile or a young man who’s compelled to dance even in a town that forbids it.


Ooh, just thought of something: What’s a Graboids favorite food? Bacon… Kevin Bacon. Haha… that was more for me than you… moving right along!


I know Heather kind of stole my thunder on this one but she left out my favorite line of dialogue from the film:

VALENTINE: I’m a victim of circumstance!
EARL: I thought you call it your pecker.


I was going to comment on Michael Gross but once again Heather beat me to it (DAMN that whole “ladies first” movement). It’s okay however because it gives me a chance to shine a light on the always awesome Reba Mcentire who plays Heather Gummer… the yin to Burt’s yang. Mcentire turns in a tour de force as the female NRA member with a chip on her shoulder. I think it’s a testimony to how good this film is that Reba chose this as her first acting role. I mean, we all know you wait for just the right script before making the important jump from the world of music to the big screen.


FUNNY! Heather saw the monsters as being very phallic. They actually reminded me very much of vaginas. [Yes… I have dated some very strange and crazy women in the past.] Actually, I’m convinced that the Graboids are the bastard children of the giant sand vagina that ate Boba Fett in Return of the Jedi. Think about it… you’ll get it! [That Limpbizkit reference was for Heather… Snoogins!]


That’s not how you catch a Graboid!

I don’t want to ruin the film for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet so let’s just say this: BEST… WAY… TO… KILL… A… MONSTER… EVER!!!!!

And since Heather and I both did “QUOTES”, I’m adding a BONUS:


Not sure how this makes the movie any cooler… just really wish I had thought of it for my wedding!

SIDENOTE: The fun ain’t over, folks… TREMORS V: THE THUNDER DOWN UNDER is due on video this year according to IMDB!

That’s it for now, Cult Film Fans.

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Check back Saturday as that is when new posts go up. Have a great week and remember… You’ll be fine… just stay where they can’t get you… on these residual boulders!!!



  1. And hopefully you know how to pole vault!!!!!!!!!!! Also make sure to carry around a few household chemicals with the proper proportions and you might fair okay.

    One I realized we missed after finishing, was actually the cool death scenes. In a tire, dehydration, in a buried car, I mean I’m no horror fan but I thought they were pretty creative.

    Glad you mentioned Val and Earl. This is one of my favorite roles of Kevin Bacon. He played the tongue and cheek of the character so well.

    And I’m DYING that you thought Va-jay-jay…….Perhaps it’s the hermaphrodite of underground creatures? Clearly with an issue of some STDS………..did you see all those bumps? Send that Graboid to an OBGYN STAT!

    Awesome, awesome post.

    Thanks for letting me be a part of it. It was too much fun.

    • First off, don’t forget Carmine on the Jack Hammer: “Carmine? CARMINE!!!” hehe.
      Also, “a few household chemicals in the proper proportions” is my 2nd favorite line. My Mom and I used to say that one all the time!
      It’s funny because all these are movies my Mom turned me onto and she’s not a big movie watcher. Next one was inspired by her too… the Fred Ward classic Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins… and ends apparently because they never made a sequel. HA!

  2. and AWESOME Limp Bizkit reference………….

    I’m overusing awesome this morning, but it’s early and I’ve had no java. Sorries.

  3. Editor In Chief Says:

    vaginas? penises? how have I missed this movie?! and as awesome as that cake is…it would NEVER have been at my wedding…sorry luv!!

    • I know… we made it sound all X-rated!
      In all fairness to my wife, Editor-in-Chief (which sounds like an Indian name BTW), she did say after writing this that she would’ve gone Star Wars so she is redeemed!

    • Whoever made that cake is genius…………but yes I’d rather have a Star Wars cake as well. My hubby would have never gone for it thought. You rule!

  4. Nice little B-Movie fun is the best way to describe this film.

  5. everyone loves Tremors – if you say you don’t then you should just admit that you do because you’re not making it any easier on yourself and I’m definitely telling your father when he gets home…

    …the whole thing is great disposable fun made in-disposable by Ward and Bacon.

  6. Tremors is CAMPILIOUS FUN and Fred Ward kicks ass! I wasn’t aware there was a porn parody of Tremors. It’s so obvious, but my porn parody knowledge is sadly lacking.

  7. I feel lowly for not having seen this apparently awesome masterpiece of the 7th art 😦

    • I think Kai has somehow managed the impossible and made it sound even more awesome than it actually is (great article, Kai – by the by), but is a great little film and well worth an hour and a half.

    • When I watch it, I hope it’s really terrible so Kai loses all his credibility in one swoop MUAHAHAHAHAHA

  8. man you love Tremors
    and rightly so
    bring home the Bacon

  9. […] Kai and Heather team up to give us ten reasons Tremors rules (The List) […]

  10. I absolutely love this post. Although I will have to say that I like Aftershocks alot more than I did the first, but that probably has to deal with me watching the sequel about 100 times before I watched the original.

    “That’s a looooong piss”


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