Aug 27, 2014
Anyone following the progress of this book will know that 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the world’s greatest underground worm movie, Tremors. Now it seems Kevin Bacon wants to celebrate the fact.
Despite my best attempts to contact Kevin for the book, he’s not yet got back to me for an interview, which made the following interview such a surprise when I watched it this morning.
According to numerous reports over the years, Kevin considers Tremors to be a low point in his career, stemming from various personal issues in his own life at the time. Yesterday, in an interview with HuffPost Live, Kevin admitted he’d recently watched the film and was “pleasantly surprised” by it. He also admitted that he has “a real dream to reboot it, and to see the character 25 years down the line…to see what that guy may have become.”
Kevin also admitted to sleepwalking during the shoot in Lone Pine, California, “saving” his pregnant wife from giant worms.
How would you feel about a new Tremors film revisiting the character of Val McKee 25 years on? Should it also reunite him with original co-star, Fred Ward? We already know from Tremors 2: Aftershocks that Val married Rhonda LaBeck after the events of the first film – where is he now?
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Jul 9, 2014
Episode five of the TremorsCast is now online and in iTunes: this time you’ll hear some audio from my interview with actress Ariana Richards, Mindy in Tremors and Tremors 3: Back to Perfection and also one of the stars of Jurassic Park.
The book’s manuscript continues to come together, though there’s still a way to go before it’s ready for its December publication date. There are still some interviews to carry out for the TV series and there’s been a lot of fact checking going on lately. It’s looking like the first film will make up the bulk of the book, around a quarter of it, and the rest will be devoted to the sequels and TV series.
Last month found Tremors being discussed by the UK’s Hammered Horror podcast and they kindly invited me on to discuss the Tremors franchise and the upcoming book. I’m not sure if I made much sense, but if you want to hear a fun take on the Tremors movies, have a listen to their podcast.
Elsewhere, Burt Gummer himself, Michael Gross, recently took to Twitter and Facebook to share photos from his various films and TV series and to offer news on upcoming projects. Fans of the Tremors TV show can also find Rosalita, aka actress Gladise Jimenez, on Facebook and Twitter.
May 26, 2014
Episode four of the TremorsCast is now online and in iTunes, featuring some of my interview with Tremors and Tremors 3 actor, Tony Genaro, who sadly passed away at the start of May.
The Hollywood reporter announced the news on 13 May, with the headline Tremors actor Tony Genaro dies at 72, which shows what an impact the film had on his career. I read the news via a tweet from actor Kevin Bacon, which read “Sorry to hear about this. Great guy. Great actor. RIP”
Tony also starred in films such as The Milagro Beanfield War, La Bamba, Heart and Souls, The Craft and World Trade Center.
I spoke to Tony in October 2013, catching him somewhat by surprise in his Hollywood home. I’d called on the off chance he might be there and he was happy to give me an hour of his time to discuss Tremors and Tremors 3. The audio gives flavour of the interview and his personality, though I should apologise for the sound levels. I wasn’t planning to make podcasts at the time, so it’s not the best, but I have boosted the levels where possible.
You can find the book’s cover and trailer on the Fangoria website.
May 21, 2014
Never judge a book by its cover. That’s a saying I’m now in two minds about as I write this post, as I’ve seen the gorgeous new cover of Seeking Perfection – I think it’ll be worth buying the book for that alone!
I now have the hard task of living up to the standards set by my good friend, Edinburgh-based illustrator, Ben Morris, who took my brief for a Tremors-inspired cover and created a thing of beauty.
I then handed the cover over to two very talented Edinburgh-based creatives, animator Kayla Stuhr and musician Emília Rovira Alegre, who made a stunning trailer to announce the impending arrival of Seeking Perfection.
Both the cover and trailer premiered last week on one the world’s biggest horror websites, Fangoria, and now I can publish them here. First up is the front cover of the book:
And then the trailer:
Let me know what you think in the comments below.
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Apr 29, 2014
Episode three of the TremorsCast is now online and in iTunes, featuring some of my interview with Tremors co-creator and writer, Brent Maddock. Brent also co-wrote the Tremors sequels/episodes of the series and directed Tremors 3: Back to Perfection.
There’s news of my interview with actress Gladise Jimenez, who played Rosalita Sanchez in Tremors: The Series. Gladise took time out to speak to me from her home in Los Angeles and recalled working on set in Mexico, stunts that went wrong and her thoughts on the end of the series.
I was also able to speak to actor Robert Jayne, who starred as Melvin in Tremors, Tremors 3 and Tremors the Series. A veteran of American TV shows and films, Robert had a lot to say about his work on the first film and I’ll hopefully be able to bring you some of the audio in a future episode.
The episode is only 10 minutes long and you can sign up below to the e-newsletter for notification of when the next episode is online.
Apr 16, 2014
Episode two of the TremorsCast is now online and in iTunes, featuring exclusive news of a brand new interview for the book (hint: she’s probably sold more albums than you or I have had hot dinners) and some audio from my 2011 interview with SS Wilson, one of the brains behind the original Tremors and all of the sequels and the TV show.
“On weekends the ranges [at the Naval Air Weapons Station in the Mojave Desert] were open to the employees,” said Wilson when I asked about how the inspiration for Tremors came to him. “One day I was sitting out these on these boulders and thought how interesting it would be if there was something that could move through the sand like a fish and I couldn’t get off the rock. This was in 1975 and I jotted the idea down and filed it away.”
It took a number of years for the project to come to fruition.
“We discovered on Short Circuit that as writers we were shut out of the filmmaking process. Our agent told us to go into our list of ideas to set us up as producers on one of them. One of those was Land Sharks, based on the idea I’d had in 1975, and she liked it.
“It asked what would happen if a small town was attacked, like in Invasion of the Saucer Men, and the only people to solve the problem are the two local handymen who they look to to solve all their problems? That’s how Val and Earl were created.”
As the podcast is hosted on Audioboo I’m limited to just 10 minutes, but that’s perfect for me just now.
The TremorsCast is an insight into the upcoming Seeking Perfection rather than a replacement for the finished book – hopefully fans will enjoy hearing the cast and crew recalling their time working on the films/TV show.
Apr 6, 2014
While I should be spending every spare moment writing the first draft of Seeking Perfection, I’ve decided to take a bit of time off to record the first episode of the TremorsCast.
With around 50 interviews recorded for the book, I’ve decided to share some of the audio for a new podcast which I’ll release as often as time permits. For the first episode you’ll just hear me, but for episode two I’ll be featuring SS Wilson, the man who came up with the original idea for Tremors and who has been involved in every film and the TV series as co-writer, director, producer…you name it, he’s done it (almost).
Mar 30, 2014
I thought it was about time I wrote a short update on how things are going with Seeking Perfection, assuming anyone is interested in that sort of thing. I also wanted to address The Bacon Situation.
The first draft
As I’ve been tweeting and Facebooking recently, I’m currently writing the first draft of the book, taking hundreds of hours of interviews and trying to condense them into something that makes sense.
Not that the people I spoke to didn’t make sense, it’s just that sometimes there are conflicting memories of who exactly said or did what, or else there’s a reference to a story that was told in another chapter that might work better elsewhere…I know, I’m already getting boring. The point is that the book is now underway, something that seemed impossible just over a year ago when I decided to try and get this project off the ground.
Back then, I knew I wanted to read more about the Tremors films but couldn’t find much out there. Dedicated Tremors fans can trawl the internet and DVD extras for snippets of stories, but there isn’t much out there from the lady who had to oversee the transportation of the Graboids from LA to Lone Pine on the first film, the guy who played Señor Ortega in Tremors 2 or a writer of an unmade script from Tremors: The Series. If I was able to track any of them down, would any of them want to talk to a fan in the UK via Skype?
Mar 8, 2014
LA-based Tremors fans should get themselves over to the website of the Aero Theatre to book tickets for a very special event that’s taking place on Saturday 22 March: a screening of Tremors from an original 35mm print with a special appearance from Michael “Burt Gummer” Gross himself!
The cinema announced the screening via Twitter and the event is likely to be very popular, particularly due to the presence of the only actor to appear in every incarnation of the Tremors franchise.
Michael has been very supportive during the writing of Seeking Perfection, discussing his work on the films and the series, while offering a unique insight into how he wanted to portray the character of Hiram Gummer in Tremors 4…
Mar 1, 2014
There’s another name to add to the roster of interviewees for Seeking Perfection, Mr Tony Genaro, aka Miguel from Tremors and Tremors 3: Back to Perfection.
One of the few members of the original Tremors cast to return in a sequel, Tony played cattle rancher Miguel, who came under attack from Graboids in the small town of Perfection in 1990. After the events of the first film, Miguel remained in Perfection Valley until 2001, when the town was besieged by Ass Blasters, the creature which killed him.
Tony took time to discuss his memories of joining the cast of Tremors – “I had just finished this film that Robert Redford had directed, and it was a very artsy, very fine, you know…when I saw those creatures for the first time, I thought, “Oh my God, what have I got myself into?” – as well his thoughts on the change of the film’s original title, Beneath Perfection, and his return in Tremors 3.
He also talks about the fact that Miguel didn’t make it into the TV series due to his untimely death: “Had I known [there was going to be a TV series], I would have professed that I was just badly wounded.”