Tremors 5

Michael Gross reveals Tremors 6 is happening

Michael Gross reveals Tremors 6 is happening

“IT IS HAPPENING!” So screamed the announcement on Michael Gross’ Facebook page last night as he revealed that Tremors 6 has been given the greenlight from Universal Studios Entertainment.

He went on to confirm that his Tremors 5 co-star, Jamie Kennedy, would be back for more monster hunting, along with director Don Michael Paul.

Nothing else is known about the latest entry in the Tremors saga, though it’s likely the film won’t see the return of original creators, SS Wilson and Brent Maddock, who declined to be part of the rebooted franchise back in 2014 when they discovered they wouldn’t have any creative control over the project – read their full statement. More

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Kevin Bacon wants more Tremors, Universal doesn’t

Kevin Bacon in Tremors

Seeking Perfection has been out just over a week now, and the world (well, Tremors fans who have bought the book) is discovering all about the past, present and future of the franchise, including the fact Kevin Bacon wants to return in a new movie.

Yes, you read that right. Kevin Bacon wants to return to Perfection for a second bout of Graboid hunting, as WOW247 noted today in an article on the book.

They quoted Kevin, who was responding to my question about whether or not he’d want to play Valentine McKee again:

“This guy is one of the few characters I’ve played that I’d be interested in seeing where he is 25 years later. Who does that guy grow into? There’s a lot of possibilities about what could have happened in his life in 25 years – for me it always comes back to the character and that would be fun to explore.”

If you’ve bought the book, you’ll know that Kevin talks at length about his time working on the film, what it was like working alongside Fred Ward and how he found spending many weeks shooting in Lone Pine.

He also discusses where he sees himself today in relation to the Tremors franchise, which is about to grow once again with the release of Tremors 5: Bloodlines in October.

But, while Kevin wants to battle Graboids once again, as he says in the interview, the studio has other ideas: “Universal doesn’t seem to be interested, so it’s moot.”

Making another big screen Tremors movie wouldn’t be cheap, with the marketing budget adding to the production costs. When Universal can make a new direct-to-DVD sequel for a couple of million dollars, it’s perhaps understandable that they wouldn’t want to take a chance on a cinema version.

Then again, plenty of films with less audience recognition than Tremors are given a shot at a big screen release, so it’s not impossible…

Would you like to see Tremors back on the big screen with Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Michael Gross and a new cast? Let me know in the comments below!

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5 things we learned from the Tremors 5 trailer

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Tremors 5: Bloodlines may have taken more than a decade to make it from script to screen (more on that later), but today we finally got a glimpse of what fans around the globe have long been waiting for: the trailer.

Universal Home Entertainment released the trailer for the fifth film in the franchise, showing us what we can expect come this October, when Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) is once more recruited to go Graboid hunting, only this time he’s headed to South Africa.

So what did we learn from the Tremors 5 trailer that we didn’t know before?

1. Tremors 5 has a tagline

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2. Burt is back

We knew Burt Gummer was being brought back for another mission, but in the trailer we get to hear him utter the words, “You’ve got Graboids” before seeing him prepare for attack more than once.

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3. …and so are the Graboids and Ass Blasters… sort of

We’ve been promised new versions of the Graboids and Ass Blasters, and the trailer teases them more than once.

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Is that a Graboid above?

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And these must be Ass Blasters? They look almost Shrieker-y and Graboid-y – that mouth – at the same time.

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4. Burt has some new allies

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Every Tremors movie gives us a new duo to lead the fight against the creatures, with Tremors 5 offering up Scream‘s Jamie Kennedy as the tech-savvy Travis (above and below).

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There’s also a new female character in the shape of Nyala (Pearl Thusi), who appears to know her way around a bow and arrow…

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5. There are quite a few movie references

Something immediately obvious from the short trailer is that there are quite a few references to other movies, starting with the kitchen scene from Jurassic Park

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…along with a shot that’s very Hunger Games

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…while Burt quotes “The bitch is back” from the Alien 3 poster and trailer…

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…and in one of the final shots of the trailer, Travis misquotes Die Hard‘s John McClane as he comes face to face with what looks like a next generation Ass Blaster…

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Tremors 5 is available to buy from 6 October 2015 and is up for pre-order right now as a Blu-ray and DVD

I detail the film’s 10 year journey from script to screen in my new book, Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors – you’ll want to read all about the twists and turns behind the scenes before you see the film!

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Buy Seeking Perfection and win a Tremors tee

Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors has been out just a few days, and I’m happy to say the response has been positive:

As a thank you to everyone who’s bought the book, which covers the history of the Tremors franchise in its 25th anniversary year, I’ve teamed up with the guys over at Nerdoh Clothing to offer a fantastic giveaway of a t-shirt that should be in the wardrobe of any self-respecting Tremors fan.

The Walter Chang tee is a fine tribute to the owner of Perfection’s Market, and it usually retails for around the £17/$26 mark on the Nerdoh website (I should know, I bought one myself last year).

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To be in with the chance of owning one of these beauties, simply purchase a copy of Seeking Perfection, paperback or ebook, and forward the proof of purchase email to me at tremorsguide@gmail.com before midnight on Friday 21 August (that’s UK time).

That’s it.

I’ll randomly choose three names from Burt Gummer’s Atlanta Hawks cap and they’ll each receive one of Nerdoh’s Tremors tees. Just remember to send the size you’d like to receive and your postal address, wherever that is around the globe.

Thanks to Nerdoh for their support of the book!

Please note: this competition is now closed, but keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for more giveaways.

Seeking Perfection is out now from the following retailers, with more being added all the time (signed copies aren’t available yet, but I’ll make them available soon and offer signed bookplates for anyone who’d like to affix one to the interior of a book they buy now):

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Seeking Perfection is out now

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Roughly four-and-a-half years since I carried out the first interview for what would ultimately become Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors, the book is finally available to buy.

It’s been a long and hugely entertaining journey, one filled with dozens of Skype interviews between Scotland and Los Angeles at odd hours of the day and night with fascinating people. Throw in a trip to Los Angeles and many 100s of hours spent writing and editing, and there’s been little time off, but I wouldn’t want it any other way.

As of today, Wednesday 22 July, Seeking Perfection is available from Amazon in the US and UK, and it will be available from all versions of the store in the next day or so.

It’s also available for pre-order from stores such as Apple iTunes and Barnes & Noble, but it’ll be live from tomorrow. More online retailers will be stocking it in the coming days and it’ll be available to order from brick and mortar bookstores (there are still a few out there) in the next few weeks.

Some people have asked about signed copies – while I can’t offer those yet, I will sell them in the next month or so. I’ll also offer a signed bookplate option for those who’d like to order the paperback now – the bookplate can be affixed to the interior later on.

Hopefully you’ll enjoy reading the book I set out to right and you’ll discover some new things about the Tremors films and TV show. If you enjoy the book, please tell your friends and family and feel free to leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads – every review helps other Tremors fans discover the book.

I’ve still got lots to share about the book here and on Facebook, so stay tuned for a few surprises and exclusives that didn’t make it to print.

And if you enjoy the book, let me know on here or as a review on Amazon. Also, keep your proof of purchase emails as I’ll be running a giveaway in the next few days for everyone who buys the book!

Plus, look out for some book signings here in the UK in the coming months – I’m also more than happy to discuss signings around the globe and to discuss the book and the films in the press, so feel free to get in touch!

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Seeking Perfection release date and free chapter!

It’s been just over four years since I carried out the first interview (with Tremors co-creator/writer S.S. Wilson) for what would become Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors and now, 54 interviews later, the book is almost ready to enter the world.

After much writing, editing, more writing, a bit more editing, spellchecking, correcting and a bit more editing, Seeking Perfection is 304 pages of stories from behind the scenes of the Tremors franchise, featuring first-hand recollections from the boardrooms, sets and editing suites of each film and the TV series.

I’ve spoken to various members of the cast and crew from the original film – including Michael Gross, (Burt Gummer), Reba McEntire (Heather Gummer), Ariana Richards (Mindy Sterngood), Charlotte Stewart (Nancy Sterngood), Tony Genaro (Miguel) and Robert Jayne (Melvin), plus director Ron Underwood, writers S.S. Wilson & Brent Maddock, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd and monster creators Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jnr – plus dozens of the people associated with the sequels and TV show.

I’m also excited to announce that the final interview I secured was with Mr Kevin Bacon, who took time to discuss his memories of getting the script, travelling to the set in Lone Pine, working in the desert, why he didn’t return for Tremors 2: Aftershocks and his thoughts on the film after 25 years.

There are also photos from the Tremors set that have never been published before, sketches from the poster designs and excerpts from the storyboards, and much more. Oh, and a foreword from ol’ Burt Gummer himself, Michael Gross.

The book will be published on 23 July 2015 (price TBC) in paperback and ebook, initially from Amazon in all territories around the globe where that site exists. It will then roll out to other online stores and will be available to order from all good bookstores – it won’t be available for pre-order, but will instead magically appear on Amazon on the day of release.

Here’s a look at the final front cover:

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Free chapter

Ahead of the release, I’m pleased to offer a download of the book’s first chapter to everyone who has subscribed to this blog and to anyone who subscribes to the blog via the box below between now and the publication date.

I’ll send you a copy of the chapter within 24 hours of this email, then another email on the day of release with links to where you can buy the book. After that you’ll only receive emails when new blog posts are published.

In the meantime, please feel free to let your friends, colleagues and family know that the book will be released on 23 July 2015 and if you’re interested in perhaps receiving a free copy of the book in the next week or so in exchange for a review on release of the book on Amazon or Goodreads, please email me at tremorsguide@gmail.com and let me know! I can’t guarantee a copy for everyone,

Finally, thank you for being part of this journey. From my perspective, as fan of the franchise for almost 25 years, Seeking Perfection is the book I wanted to read and the book I set out to write. I hope you enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.

Until 23 July, keep watching the ground!

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The Projection Booth discusses Tremors

The Projection Booth discusses Tremors

I’ve been a fan of The Projection Booth podcast for a few years now, a show that picks a random film each week and dissects it through discussion between its hosts, Mike White and Rob St. Mary, various co-hosts and usually somebody who’s either worked on said film or know a bit about its production.

I was honoured last year when I was invited on to discuss the Tremors franchise with Mike and Rob, at a time when I was fully expecting Seeking Perfection to be in the shops. As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, the sudden announcement of Tremors 5 has thrown that plan into disarray, but the guys at the Projection Booth wanted to celebrate Tremors’ 25th anniversary and were still happy to let me chat all things Graboid for over an hour.

They also interviewed Tremors co-creator/writer, SS Wilson, and director, Ron Underwood, unearthing some facts about the two men that even I didn’t know and causing Ron to mention an actor considered for the role of Earl that he failed to mention during our various conversations…

Please head over to the Projection Booth website to download the episode, and if you listen to it on iTunes perhaps leave the guys a rating as a small thank you for their hard work and enthusiasm.

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Tremors at 25: Looking ahead to Tremors 5

Tremors at 25: Looking ahead to Tremors 5

In the past week I’ve looked back 25 years to the first Tremors film, finding out why the fans still love it, hearing what director Ron Underwood thinks about the film and also getting some insight from other members of the crew on key sequences.

For this post I wanted to take a closer look at the upcoming fifth instalment in the Tremors franchise and hear what fans want from the movie.

We already know a few things about Tremors 5. Firstly, the original creative team behind each of the previous films and the TV series – writers/creators SS Wilson and Brent Maddock and producer  Nancy Roberts at Stampede Entertainmenthave admitted in a statement that the new script is based on their 2004 script for the film.

Although Stampede offered Universal Home Entertainment the opportunity to revive and refresh the franchise, they were forced to withdraw from Tremors 5 when it became clear they’d have no creative control. This also suggests that none of the extended “family” of behind the scenes crew will be returning to do their magic with a tiny budget, as they did on Tremors 2 to 4.

Instead, the script has been written by Tremors 3’s John Whelpley (who wrote 3’s script from Wilson, Maddock and Roberts’ story outline), while the director is Don Michael Paul, known for his work on low budget action films including Sniper: Legacy.

We also know that Michael Gross will be back as Burt Gummer, this time heading to South Africa to take on (according to the press release) “bigger and badder” Graboids and Ass Blasters. Jamie Kennedy will join the team as tech wizard, Travis, while a cast of South African actors will complete the cast.

So what would fans like to see in October’s sequel? I asked that question over on Facebook, and it seems that the absence of Wilson and Maddock is a cause for concern for many:

Glenn Maddock: “A script as funny as Brent & Steve’s and a budget to deliver a great movie.”

Tom Palleschi: “I just hope to see Universal and Don Michael Paul capture the same spirit and sense of fun that was so evident in all of the other films. Wilson, Maddock, Underwood, and all the other great folks at Stampede Entertainment put together something really special with the previous instalments, and I hope to see that tradition upheld.

As far as specifics go, I am incredibly excited to see Burt back in action and cannot wait to revisit that character for the first time in 12 years. I hope to see a new supporting cast as charming and fun to watch as those in the previous instalments, and I hope to see creatures (both new and old) designed and bright to life with the same level of creativity and detail that they have become so iconic for.

Mostly, I just want to experience the thrills I got every time I watched (and rewatched for the millionth time!) one of these films or the series as a kid.”

Tyler Ham: “I also hope it returns to a more “serious” tone like the first film. The first film, though silly at times, was very self aware – as the series continued, they began to sort of feed like parodies of themselves… Burt went from “Survivalist” to paranoid Doomsday prep-er type, for example.”

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Michael Gross reveals Tremors 5 release date

When Tremors 5 was announced in late 2014, press materials revealed a 2016 release date for the South Africa-set sequel. Today, actor Michael Gross took to his Facebook page to announce that the film will in fact be released in October 2015.

The new film finds an older Burt Gummer (Gross) being called to South Africa following the appearance of what is rumoured to be a new mutation of the Graboid. Gross stars alongside Jamie Kennedy as tech genius, Travis.

The news comes just a few weeks ahead of the official 25th anniversary of the original Tremors, which was released into US cinemas on 19th January, 1990. 

I’m planning to celebrate the anniversary of the first film on this blog, Twitter and Facebook, keep an eye out for more in the coming weeks…

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