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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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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.

Arriving at Creature Features

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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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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Review: Attending the Tremors 25th anniversary screening

Review: Attending the Tremors 25th anniversary screening

It was a long way to go for a film screening – around 5,000 miles from the UK to Los Angeles – but the opportunity to see Tremors on the big screen and finally meet numerous cast and crew members in person on Thursday 26 March was hard to turn down.

The ArcLight on Sunset Boulevard was the location for Creature Features and Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine’s 25th anniversary celebration, partly designed to celebrate the launch of the latter’s latest issue featuring a Tremors retrospective by the event’s host, David Weiner.

The organisers managed to pull together an amazing line-up of guests for the night, announcing that this was the biggest panel of attendees they’d ever gathered for an event. In fact there were so many cast and crew there that the Q&A had to be split into two, with one before a screening of the film and one after.

First-Tremors-panel

The first panel included Tremors director Ron Underwood, co-writers SS Wilson and Brent Maddock, producer Nancy Roberts, and actors Finn Carter (Rhonda LeBeck), Michael Gross (Burt Gummer), Conrad Bachmann (Dr Jim), Robert Jayne (Melvin Plug), Richard Marcus (Nestor) and Charlotte Stewart (Nancy).

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Conrad Bachmann on playing Dr Jim

David Weiner accurately described the event as resembling a high school reunion, before inviting Wilson to explain how the idea for Tremors came about, allowing him to tell the story of how he was atop a boulder in the desert when he wondered what might happen if he couldn’t get down due to their being something under the sand.

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25th anniversary Tremors reunion screening

25th anniversary Tremors reunion screening

It’s shaping up to be a big year for Tremors fans with the announcement that a special 25th anniversary reunion screening of the first film will take place in Los Angeles on Thursday 26th March.

Creature Features and Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine are hosting the event at the Arclight Hollywood cinema, reuniting members of the film’s cast and crew including co-creators SS Wilson and Brent Maddock, director Ron Underwood and actors Michael Gross and Finn Carter.

Scheduled to attend are:

  • Director Ron Underwood
  • Actor Michael Gross (Burt Gummer)
  • Actress Finn Carter (Rhonda LeBeck)
  • Producer Nancy Roberts
  • Screenwriters Brent Maddock & SS Wilson
  • Production Designer Ivo Cristante
  • Make-Up Effects artists Alec Gillis & Tom Woodruff
  • Visual Effects designers Robert & Dennis Skotak
  • and more to be added in the weeks ahead!
  • The Q&A panel will be moderated by David Weiner, Senior Writer with Famous Monsters and author of the upcoming Tremors cover story
  • (All guests are subject to schedule change.)

Advance tickets are $19.50 for general admission and $65 for VIP. VIP admission includes exclusive limited edition screen print, one issue of Famous Monsters #279 with alternate Tremors cover art, preferred seating, and entry into the pre-screening reception with food and beverages included.

It’s unlikely there’ll ever see be a screening of the film with such a strong guest list in attendance again, so if you can make it LA in March I’d recommend heading over to the Creature Features site to buy a ticket today and signing up to my Tremors newsletter for more news like this.

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Seeking Perfection: December 2014 update

It’s Christmas Eve as I write this blog post, a day that I had hoped would find Tremors fans around the globe eagerly awaiting their copy of Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors in their stocking tomorrow morning.

Sadly, my plans for a December 2014 publication date were foiled by a few factors that I’ll try to summarise here.

Although I’d heard rumblings of a fifth Tremors film earlier in the year, nothing was confirmed until October, meaning I rapidly had to rewrite the book’s ending to incorporate what we knew about the sequel. On top of that, I underestimated the amount of editing required: I’ve had a few editors read through the book, each of them asking questions about parts of the text or noting spelling mistakes.

All of this is part and parcel of writing a book, but I’m pleased to say that it’s now almost complete, bar a few final tweaks and the addition of photographs, which I’m now working on.

Rather than give another estimated publication date, I’m just going to say that the book won’t be released in the first few months of 2015 but that I hope to announce something in late January. While I wanted the book to be out for the “official” anniversary date of 19 January (the date in 1990 that Tremors was released in US cinemas), I’d rather not rush it. Fans have waited this long for a complete history of the franchise, hopefully another few months won’t be too much of a problem.

In the meantime, I’ve heard about a number of exciting ways the 25th anniversary will be celebrated in print, video and audio in 2015, and I’ll be publishing blog posts throughout next year to help spread the word.

I’ll also publish more podcasts featuring updates on the book and the Tremors universe, while snippets of my interviews featured in the book will be included.

Finally, here’s an early Christmas present, some never-before-published behind the scenes photos from the set of Tremors in 1989. The first was taken by actress Charlotte Stewart (Nancy) and shows her and Kevin Bacon between takes.

Copyright Charlotte Stewart

The second photo comes from production designer Ivo Cristante, and shows an early stage in the building of Burt and Heather Gummer’s home.

Copyright Ivo Cristante

Copyright Ivo Cristante

Have a fantastic Christmas and a Tremors-filled 2015!

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