TremorsCast

TremorsCast 7: Kevin Bacon interview

It’s been a long time coming, but episode seven of the TremorsCast finally exists and includes some of my exclusive interview with Kevin Bacon for Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors.

This episode is due to arrive in iTunes on the 19th of January 2016, 26 years to the day since Tremors was released into US cinemas. My plan is to release at least one new episode of the podcast each month in 2016, bringing you news from around the Tremors universe and audio from some of the 50 plus interviews I carried out for the book.

It looks like 2016 is going to be a busy one for Tremors fans, with the recent news that Kevin Bacon plans to bring Tremors back to the small screen along with Blumhouse Productions. I’ve also heard rumblings that Universal are interested in a Tremors 6.

2016 also marks the 20th anniversary of Tremors 2’s release on home video, and I’ll be covering that and more throughout the year.

Kevin told me about his initial feelings about the role of Val McKee:

“There was something fun about that character and the relationship between those two guys, grown men who were kind of losers. When you have two losers who are put into the situation of having to rise to a level of heroism, I think it can be kind of fun. So I was really taking a flyer on it, but I can’t say I was feeling, ‘Oh wow, this is the one.’”

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Tremors at 25: TremorsCast 6 – Ron Underwood

For the second post celebrating Tremors’ silver anniversary week I’ve published a new episode of the TremorsCast featuring some audio from my interview with the film’s director, Ron Underwood: the episode is now in audioboom and will be in iTunes soon.

ron-sYesterday I published a post featuring memories from fans on the subject of their earliest Tremors memories, while today’s podcast includes memories from someone who was involved in Tremors from the start.

Ron Underwood had been a friend and colleague of writers SS Wilson and Brent Maddock for a number of years before they collaborated on the development of the script that would become Tremors. Our original interview took in all aspects of pre-production, casting, filming, editing and reception of Tremors and it’s all in the book, but here I’ve included some of our discussion about the film’s casting process.

I also spoke to Ron about the film’s release in 1990 and Universal’s decision to sell it more as a traditional horror film rather than the comedy horror that it was. 

Here’s the episode, let me know what you think in the comments section.

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TremorsCast 5: Ariana Richards

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.

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TremorsCast 4: Tony Genaro interview

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.

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TremorsCast 3: Brent Maddock interview

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.

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TremorsCast 2: SS Wilson interview

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.

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TremorsCast 1: Introduction

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).

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