Hanukkah Movie Marathon: Tremors

IMDB, Tremors“Tremors” on IMDB

Fantasy/Horror, 96 Minutes, 1990

[My daughter recently discovered that all her Jewish friends go the movies on Christmas day.  She came up with the idea of watching a movie for  each night of Hanukkah.  This is number four!]

There are only a very small handful of modern movies that truly, madly, deeply capture the spirit of classic 1950’s horror movies.  Movies like “The Blob” [IMDB] and “Them” [IMDB] defined how horror was experienced in America.  They were simple, straightforward and designed, above all, to entertain.  They were also completely honest: there’s the monster, here’s the heroes.  There were no twist endings or reversals: in the end the heroes got the monster and, usually, the girl.

Tremors takes everything great about those classics, adds a collection of wonderfully lovable everyman characters, and one of the hands-down most enjoyable monsters ever.  The multi-point reveal of “the graboids” is absolutely masterful even when you know what’s coming and pacing is damn near perfect.

Spawning three generally excellent sequels and a fun, but doomed, TV series “Tremors” resonated well with audiences.  Never before (and very likely never again) will giant worms be more enjoyable.


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  1. Love it! You couldn’t have picked a better movie for night #4 🙂 I have watched it at least 4 times. lol

  2. Whenever this is on, I can’t help but leave it on.

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