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.’”
He also had a difficult time during the shoot.
“My wife was nine months pregnant and would drive down to LA every once in a while to check with the doctors. She could’ve given birth in Lone Pine, where there was no hospital, and I think we’d have had to go 45 minutes north to another town. Plus, the idea that I was about to become a father was overwhelming; I was a sleepwalker back then and I’d wake up and be carrying her through the house because I had to get her away from monsters. She was shouting, ‘Put me down, put me down!’ It was a wild but kind of magical time.”
He also discussed his desire to return to the franchise:
“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. But Universal doesn’t seem to be interested, so it’s moot.”
Elsewhere on this blog you’ll find links to previous podcasts, including interviews with Tremors creators SS Wilson and Brent Maddock, director Ron Underwood and actors Tony Genaro and Ariana Richards.
Read a preview of Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors!