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Tremors (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Horror | 19 January 1990 (USA)
Natives of a small isolated town defend themselves against strange underground creatures which are killing them one by one.


Ron Underwood


S.S. Wilson (story), Brent Maddock (story) | 3 more credits »
1,640 ( 38)
5 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Valentine McKee
Fred Ward ... Earl Bass
Finn Carter ... Rhonda LeBeck
Michael Gross ... Burt Gummer
Reba McEntire ... Heather Gummer
Robert Jayne ... Melvin Plug (as Bobby Jacoby)
Charlotte Stewart ... Nancy
Tony Genaro ... Miguel
Ariana Richards ... Mindy
Richard Marcus ... Nestor
Victor Wong ... Walter Chang
Sunshine Parker ... Edgar
Michael Dan Wagner Michael Dan Wagner ... Old Fred
Conrad Bachmann ... Jim - The Doctor
Bibi Besch ... Megan - The Doctor's Wife


A small town gradually becomes aware of a strange creature which picks off people one by one. But what is this creature, and where is it? At the same time, a seismologist is working in the area, she detects _tremors_. The creature lives underground, and can 'pop up' without warning. Trapped in their town, the town-folk have no escape. Written by Rob Hartill

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The monster movie that breaks new ground. See more »


Comedy | Horror


PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The filmmakers were forced to add the scene towards the beginning where Rhonda is unknowingly stalked by a Graboid as she heads to her truck, and the scene where Old Fred is killed. They originally wanted no hint of a monster in the film until the road workers are killed to make the audience think a person may be the killer, such as with Edgar's death. The studio instead wanted to market the film as a monster movie, and thus demanded more scenes involving on-screen kills before their big reveal. See more »


When the tractor 'decoy' is deployed, there are only two Graboids left in the valley and both are clearly chasing the tractor (Nancy even states: "This one's going too!"), yet there seems to be a third Graboid still stalking Burt's compound outside the town. However, in an earlier scene it takes a Graboid 1.5 minutes to go from Walter's store to Burt's basement. The tractor scene starts at least 2 minutes (could be several minutes longer because there is a scene cut in the middle) after the last sighting of the creature near the compound (when it destroyed Burt's truck), so it had more than enough time to get back to the town. It makes perfect sense for it to return, by the way - it clearly realized that humans won't be able to escape without the truck so there is no need to stay put. See more »


Earl Bassett: Hey, Rhonda you ever seen anything like this before?
Valentine McKee: Oh, sure Earl. Everyone knows about them we just didn't tell you.
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Alternate Versions

The Italian version features an error in the cast names during the end credits, listing Burt Gummer as being played by Reba McEntire instead of Michael Gross. Reba McEntire played Burt's wife, Heather. See more »


Spin-off Tremors (2018) See more »


Heart of a Working Man
Written by Tom Russell
Performed by Tom Russell Band
Courtesy of Some People Productions
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An absolute classic
5 January 2020 | by CalicodreaminSee all my reviews

Tremors is an absolute classic thriller, pitting the inhabitants of a small podunk town against four giant worms. The cast is well rounded, with Bacon and Ward playing the two unexpected hero's. And Reba? Amazing. The storyline is developed, the acting and dialogue not too cheesy, and the effects great for a movie it's age. Just a good time.

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Release Date:

19 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Land Sharks See more »


Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,731,520, 21 January 1990

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | Stereo | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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