Tremors 4: The Legend Begins
From Graboid to shriekers to assblasters back to graboids! That is where we stand on terms of monsters of Tremors 4. Also 13 years of Burt Gummer!
This movie was a blast. While it most resembles Tremors 1, it’s not some bad knock off or redo. This time we get the birth of the Gummer family as we know today anyways. See the Gummers were not always gun totting bad asses waiting around for WWIII, they used to wear fancy pants. This for die hard Tremors fans was probably a huge let down to see how ‘Burt’ Gummer is presented here. When in all actuality this isn’t Burt, it is Michael Gross, but its Burt’s great grandfathers Hiram Gummer. See Hiram is a dawdling rich boy who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. So those looking for badass gun totting rock’em sock’em Burt turn away, those looking for a fun story and the origin of the Gummer’s and Graboids check this out.
The story takes place in 1889, Changs Market is the town staple of Rejection a name after the graboids arrive they do not feel is a good fit. It’s a mining town and the silver mine has just been infected with baby graboids. Yep, that’s the new monster, and they do not disappoint. They bust out of the ground like giant football being hurled at you. The best scene is when they hi-lo a guy, it was great. After the initial attack the miners head for the hills leaving only a few stragglers behind , setting up for another small town bonding experience in stopping the graboids.
So an urgent message is telegraphed to Hiram Gummer, who happens to be the owner of the mine, he inherited it from his late father. He rolls into town expecting to do just a few upper management things only to find that the town is pretty much empty. He sends word for a hired gunman to help him only after having to deal with the baby graboids first hand.
Along comes skeptic Black Hand Kelly (played by the only other known face in the movie Billy Drago), who is short lived. They really play up what a namby pamby Hiram is with Black Hand. At the hotel run by Christine Lord (who is a strong willed red headed women WINK WINK) she collects guns from people who can’t pay. Billy calls it “one sorry collection of lead-pushers” and informs Hiram to pick a gun that fits his hand. When the graboids attack and Hiram pulls out pistol smaller then his hand he lets Black Hand know that it was all he could handle.
After the attack Christine Lord comes in to rescue them and there is a case scene with them on a cart and buggy and the graboid (full grown now and are called dirt dragons in this movie) chasing underneath. They go over a small bridge and then pull out and you see the graboid fly out one end and into the other, it was pretty sweet.
When they arrive back in rejection there is actually a pretty dramatic scene in which Hiram tells everyone to just leave, and he has to struggle with the decision of what to do next. Also this starts the turn of the Gummer family into gun totting fools we love.
After this it pretty much becomes the old timely version of Tremors one. There is an awesome and very smart kill involving a saw and the steam engine kill is pretty good as well.
The movie is sparse on effects, but when they do show the monsters they are very good. Its nice to see that in a mostly direct to video series it did not to turn into CGI garbage (Anacondas) and the miniature work is great. While the movie does have that direct to video feel to it, its one of the best direct to video movies I’ve ever seen. Even the score was really nice except when they put in that electronic harmonica/trumpet sounding noise, had they just left that off it would have been really good.
So if you are going to watch the Termors series do not skip this one, it’s a pleasant surprise and just fun. Also that last scene in which Hiram gets his gift and talks about building a house with a basement was a nice way to end it.
For the rest of the series:
and coming in March Tremors The TV Series