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


Tony Genaro interview

Tony Genaro interview

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.”


Monstrous Wildlife: Essential knowledge about Graboids

I realise that the majority of people who read this blog know that Tremors was a documentary, but there are still some poor souls who are convinced Val, Earl, Burt and the other Perfectionites were actors.

Never fear! If someone seems confused about Graboids and their ways, just point them in the direction of this rather nifty wildlife film created by Frank Robnik, a student in Germany. Robnik wanted to explain how Graboids survived deep underground and this animation does the job admirably.

Monstrous Wildlife from Frank Robnik on Vimeo.

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Harbinger Down set visit

The aim of this blog is to discuss all things Seeking Perfection and Tremors, meaning it will occasionally go off on a tangent when there’s a big enough connection.

Today, I’m sharing a live set visit to a film called Harbinger Down, a crowd-funded sci-fi/horror film from two of the FX team behind Tremors, Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr.

I’ll be discussing the film here in more depth in the coming months, and it’ll probably get a mention in the book thanks to an interview I recently carried out with Alec and Tom, but in the meantime here’s the video from the set that was aired on Wednesday 19 February, 2014.

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Welcome to the Seeking Perfection blog

Welcome to the Seeking Perfection blog

“We decided to leave town just one damn day to late!“- Val McKee, Tremors (1990)

Welcome to the new blog for Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors, the first book dedicated to the four-film Tremors franchise and its short-lived TV spin-off.

It’s been almost 25 years since the worms turned in the small town of Perfection, Nevada, and over a decade since the last sighting of either a Graboid or survivalist Burt Gummer. Remarkably, in all that time, nobody has gone behind-the-scenes of the Tremors films or 13 episode TV series to unearth the facts behind the fiction or to find out what’s been happening to the Perfectionites lately.

My name’s Jonathan Melville, a UK-based film journalist. I’ve been a fan of the Tremors films since the early 1990s, when I caught the first film on late night BBC One. Captivated by the deft mix of horror, sci-fi, comedy and Western, the intervening years have found me searching out the sequels on VHS, DVD and Blu-ray and watching the TV show on the Sci-Fi Channel, all the while hoping that somebody would one day write the definitive guide to the franchise.

In 2011, SFX Magazine published my 21st anniversary feature on the films, in which I interviewed both Tremors co-creator Steve “SS” Wilson and Burt Gummer himself, actor Michael Gross. Finding myself with pages of unused material, I decided to find out if any other members of the cast and crew of Tremors would be willing to be interviewed.

Since early 2013 I’ve spoken to many of those who have been involved in all aspects of the films and TV show, receiving unwavering support from the team at Stampede Entertainment, the company who produced the Tremors franchise for Universal. I’ve had input from Steve Wilson and his writing partner, Brent Maddock, Tremors director Ron Underwood, producer Nancy Roberts and dozens of the creative people who brought the films to our screens.

I’ve also interviewed most of the cast of the first film and many cast members of the sequels and TV series, all of whom have given up their time to discuss the fun they had running around the desert being chased by giant underground worms.

I’m currently writing Seeking Perfection, which will look at how the idea for Tremors came to Steve and Brent and its troubled journey to the big screen. It will take you on set in 1989, introduce you to the cast and crew who worked alongside the Graboids and discuss how the film was received by audiences in 1990. All the sequels and the TV series will get the same treatment, plus there’ll be a look at the unmade fifth film, Tremors V: Thunder from Down Under.