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6 things we know so far about Tremors 6

6 things we know so far about Tremors 6

With principal photography on Tremors 6 now completed, details have started to emerge about what we can expect to see in the new film that’s currently due to premiere early in 2018.

From locations to monsters, old favourites to new faces, there’s a lot out there if you know where to look.

Just be aware that some of the following information could be considered spoilers, so look away now if you don’t want to know more…

1. Burt and Travis are heading for Canada…with Ass Blasters

While full plot details are quite rightly thin on the ground, Universal have released some information on the next outing for Burt Gummer and his offspring, Travis Welker.

According to the studio’s VP Glenn Ross, this is going to be “the craziest, most over-the-top movie in the Tremors saga to date.” Here’s the synopsis:

“Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) and his son Travis Welker (Jamie Kennedy) find themselves up to their ears in Graboids and Ass-Blasters when they head to Canada to investigate a series of deadly giant-worm attacks. Arriving at a remote research facility in the artic tundra, Burt begins to suspect that Graboids are secretly being weaponised, but before he can prove his theory, he is sidelined by Graboid venom. With just 48 hours to live, the only hope is to create an antidote from fresh venom — but to do that, someone will have to figure out how to milk a Graboid!”

“Milk a Graboid”? I have no words…

2. Walter Chang’s Market is back

Yes, 14 years since we last saw Chang’s Market in Tremors: The Series, Tremors 6 director Don Michael Paul recently posted the above photo on Instagram, proof that at least some of the film takes place in the town of Perfection. It remains to be seen whether Jodi is still running the store.

3. The old school Graboids (and effects) are returning

Michael Gross recently posted some video from the South Africa shoot on his Facebook page (which is a must-follow for Tremors fans), revealing some of the work that goes into laying the groundwork for a Graboid to be pulled through the dirt. This suggests that some old-school practical creatures could be seen this time around rather than CG.

Gross also noted in the comments that the Graboids will be closer to the “classic” looking creatures seen in earlier films than those in Tremors 5: Bloodlines.

4. Val McKee’s daughter will be appearing

OK, so this one isn’t 100% confirmed, but the IMDb cast list shows that actress Jamie-Lee Money will be playing “Valerie McKee” in Tremors 6 – when copied into a tweet mentioning this, Money retweeted it, suggesting there’s some grain of truth in the rumour.

5. Jamie Kennedy will get eaten by a Graboid

Remember when Burt Gummer got himself trapped in the belly of a Graboid in Tremors 3: Back to Perfection? Like father, like son, as Jamie Kennedy’s Travis Welker has been spotted inside one of the creatures in photos from the set. That could be punishment for all those terrible nicknames he used for Burt in T5 – “Gummy Bear”?

6. Tanya van Graan is the film’s female lead

South African actress Tanya van Graan will star as Dr Rita Sims alongside Michael Gross and Jamie Kennedy – van Graan currently has five films in post-production according to IMDb, and a quick YouTube search shows that she’s starred in numerous adverts over the years and been named one of South Africa’s most beautiful women. But does she know how to fight Graboids?

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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

2015 Tremors screening updates


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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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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LA Tremors screening with Michael Gross Q&A


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