Movie Review: “Tremors”

Tremors movie poster.

“Broke into the wrong God damn rec room, didn’t you, you bastard!”

                                                                  -Burt Gummer, Tremors, aka Margaret’s Favorite Line

OVERALL: LOL. Love this movie. I still remember watching it for the first time and cheering. Thanks to David S. who convinced me I would like it. We watched it on tape on a Saturday night proving good friends show friends good movies.

I got a hankering to watch this movie a week ago and Hubby was kind enough to watch it with me. “Hollywood needs to watch this movie,” he declared. It is a good movie centered on excellent writing and characters that could be your neighbors.

If you haven’t seen Tremors, go now to Netflix to stream or for goodness sake go buy your own copy. You are going to want it.

POINTS: This is a movie that defies description and expectations. It’s a monster/comedy/action/adventure movie that has fabulous characters! Oh just watch it.

PITFALLS: I can’t unsee it. I mean, I wish I could watch it again for the first time. 🙂

FEMALE CHARACTER(S): There are a few. Our main heroine scientist Rhonda LeBeck played by Finn Carter is smart!! Hooray! It is so nice to see a heroine who is a scientist who is dressed like someone who is working out in the field. In short she is not in glamorous clothing or make-up. She is wear sensible clothes and shoes and has sunblock on her face when we first meet her. This makes sense because she is out in a desert. Thank goodness. Plus she is just fun and that is thanks to Finn Carter’s performance.

My second favorite female character is Heather Gummer played by Reba McEntire. Yup, that’s right, Reba McEntire. She is a wonderful, earthy character and I get the biggest kick out of her intelligent lines about firearms. So excellent.

We also have other women who live in the movie’s town, Paradise. They are a nice mixture of ages and sizes. Enjoy.

CULTURAL PITFALL(S): We have only two PoC characters so drat. However there are at least two – hooray! 


1.) Bromance. Val and Earl have a bromance that can’t be beat. It is the heart of the movie and is keeps you laughing.

2.) Burt and Heather Gummer. Oh my but I love those two! I am glad that two “gun-nuts” were in this movie and not portrayed negatively. No really. They help save the day and yes they are eccentric but harmless. I also love that they hold intelligent conversations about firearms. And yes, I do want their gun wall. *sigh*

3.) Gale Anne Hurd . She is one of my favorite movie producers and I have been a fan ever since Terminator. Yes, that’s right, Terminator. She is willing to produce SF movies that makes me really like her. Go Gale!

BECHDEL TEST (Website): 3 of 3. Oh Huzzah.

RACIAL BECHDEL TEST (Website): 1 of 3.

IMDB: Tremors (1990)


LION PAW PRINTS:  4 of 5. Just thinking about this movie makes me smile.



Margaret’s Favorite Scene can be seen below but might give some things away. Watch at own risk.

Horrorible In Addtion: Mildred must add this: Burt Gummer’s line is the funniest line in any movie of that decade, AND, the second funniest line involves the scientist, when she says, “This creature is unprecedented!” and the guy responds with, “Yeah, but what is it?”  The look on her face makes that the second funniest line.

I also remember watching this one for the first time with a group of lesbian friends and acquaintances.  When Gummer smashes the glass and grabs that gun I exclaimed, “That’s an  eight gauge shotgun!” and started laughing before he even said the line.  Every face in the room turned my way with a sour expression.  Guns were not something a properly PC dyke would have knowledge of back then.

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