Tremors

Review: Seeking Perfection signing at LA’s Creature Features

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It was almost two weeks ago that I made my second 2015 visit to Los Angeles for Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors, this time for a signing at the city’s Creature Features store on Sunday October 25th.

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While my first visit was to celebrate Tremors‘ 25th anniversary in the cinema ahead of the book’s publication, this time I actually had finished copies to sign.

Display of Seeking Perfection

I had just over 6 weeks to prepare for the event and I decided to invite along as many people as I could from the original franchise produced by Stampede Entertainment – Tremors 1 to 4 and the TV series.

The first people to say yes were co-creators and writers, S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock, along with director Ron Underwood and actor Robert “Melvin” Jayne.

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LA Tremors book signing on October 25th

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It’s been six months since my last trip to LA, when I attended the fantastic 25th anniversary screening of Tremors in the company of many cast and crew…and now I’m about to head back.

I’ve been invited by the guys at Creature Features in LA (who organised the March screening) to attend a special signing of Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors on Sunday October 25th between 1pm and 3pm at the Burbank store, in the company of many cast and crew from the Tremors franchise, kicking off with writers SS Wilson and Brent Maddock, director Ron Underwood and Melvin himself, Robert Jayne!

There’ll also be a few more guests announced in the coming weeks (see below for updates), hopefully including someone from every version of the films and TV series, so keep an eye on this blog, Facebook, Twitter and Creature Features’ Facebook page for updates.

There’s also more information on the Creature Features website, where you can pre-order signed copies of the book – please note that only books pre-ordered and picked up on the day OR bought in the store on the day can be signed.

This is likely to be the largest gathering of cast and crew from the Tremors universe ever assembled, making it very much a once in a lifetime event for fans.

September 23 update! I’m now delighted to announce that actors Shawn Christian (Desert Jack Sawyer, Tremors 3: Back to Perfection), Victor Browne (Tyler Reed, Tremors: The Series) and Gladise Jimenez (Rosalita, Tremors: The Series) will be attending the event, along with Tremors 3‘s casting director, Craig Campobasso, and illustrator Donn Greer, who was behind the original Tremors poster designs that can be found in the book. More guests soon to be announced!

See you in October!

Empire reviews Seeking Perfection

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Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors has been on release for just over a month now, with some fantastic reader feedback now being supplemented by a review in the UK’s biggest film magazine, Empire.

Explaining that the “rollickingly fun” Tremors has never been treated with much respect, the magazine goes on to state that “this high-access tell-all … [is an] unexpected treat”, awarding it four out of five stars.

As a long-time reader of Empire this is great moment for the book and it’s good to know people are responding well to it – review copies are still available for anyone else interested in covering the release!

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2015 Tremors screening updates

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You wait years for a screening of Tremors at a cinema, then three of them come along at once. Admittedly two of them have been initiated by me, but still…

Yes, fans of the best sci-fi/horror/comedy/western starring Kevin Bacon ever made are in luck this anniversary year, with the news that March’s 25th anniversary Tremors screening wasn’t your only chance to see it on the big screen.

As of writing this post on 17th August 2015, three more screenings will take place, two in the UK and one in the US, and I’ll update this page as and when I hear of more.

3 September update: see another new addition for New York

New York, 10th September

Not only did Kevin Bacon take the time to talk to me for Seeking Perfection, but he’s also agreed to take part in a post-screening Q&A at the Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers this month. As far as I’m aware this is the first time he’s attended a screening of Tremors in 25 years, so this is a must-visit event for every fan in the area – tickets are on sale now.

Glasgow, 13th September

The first will be here in my home country of Scotland on Sunday 13th September at the Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) from 19.30. I’ll be introducing Tremors before it’s shown from a 35mm print. Then there’ll be copies of Seeking Perfection on sale across the road at Glasgow’s CCA, where I’ll also be signing them. Tickets are on sale now, and there’s a Facebook event.

Edinburgh, 20th September

Then, one week later, there’ll be another screening in my home city of Edinburgh at the city’s Filmhouse cinema. Once again I’ll be introducing the film before it’s screened from a DCP/digital print. This time the film will be followed by a live Skype Q&A with director Ron Underwood, which I’m very excited about. Copies of the book will be on sale (with optional signing) and tickets are on sale from the Filmhouse website now.

Louisville, 1st October

Finally, Tremors will be shown in the US on 1st October at the Louisville International Festival of Film in Kentucky, with Michael “Burt Gummer” Gross on hand to take part in a Q&A to celebrate the anniversary. Interestingly, the festival’s co-founder is Conrad Bachmann, who played the unfortunate Dr. Jim in Tremors, so I suspect he’ll be involved in this event as well. Tickets will be on sale from 1st September from the official website.

If you know of any more screenings please let me know and I’ll add them to this page.

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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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Help choose the Tremors 5 DVD cover

As we hurtle towards October and the release of the fourth Tremors sequel, Universal Studios Home Entertainment has released the title of the film and is offering fans a chance to decide on the cover.

While Tremors 5: Bloodlines has been rumoured to be the film’s title, it’s now been confirmed with the announcement on the film’s Facebook page that the studio behind October’s DVD/Blu-ray release wants feedback on which cover to select for October’s launch.

There’s still time to decide! Leave a comment and let us know which version we should use as the inspiration for the Tremors 5: Bloodlines artwork. Voting ends 4/14! #TremorsMovie

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I find it odd that the original Tremors font hasn’t been used, but perhaps this is still an early mock-up? Vote for yours in the embedded Facebook post above…

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