Short one today, as I’m nursing a migraine. My Fear Flashback creature feature month has gotten me thinking about modern monster movies – films that have inherited some of that feel from the classics of yesteryear. While I already mentioned films like Jurassic Park and The Happening, I also think of movies like The Mist (try watching it in black and white) and today’s inspiration.
Earlier today Duke posted an article asking the question What Movie Nobody Asked For Turned Out Better Than Expected. I think this one counts. Nobody in 1990 would have asked for a throwback 50’s creature feature staring Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward. Nobody saw that coming. And yet, there it was in all of its glorious, over-the-top awesomeness – throw in Michael Gross and Reba McEntire as gun toting survivalists and Victor Wong as the local store owner? Now it’s a party!
Tremors spawned a seemingly endless parade of sequels – most of which I haven’t seen. Much as I like Michael Gross, they were all missing what I really wanted to see – more Val and Earl! Even the monster, as great as the graboids were, paled in comparison to those two chuckleheads. Sadly, a 2017 TV series featuring Kevin Bacon’s character was passed on.
Ah well, at least we had this glorious piece of cinematic history.