‘Tremors’ Documentary Drops As ‘Shrieker Island’ Debuts

by Thomas Tuna

What better way to get ready for today’s premiere of Tremors: Shrieker Island then to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the fan-favorite franchise started?

NBC Universal this week unveiled a new documentary about the making of the 1990 Tremors film that started it all, as reported by comicbook.com.

The documentary–check it out below–is a perfect lead-in to today’s release of the seventh installment in the series, TremorsShrieker Island, on Digital, DVD and Blu-ray. The doc focuses heavily on the first film–spotlighting star Kevin Bacon, as well as director Ron Underwood and producers Brent Maddock and S.S. Wilson (who collaborated on the screenplay).

Michael Gross–who headlined the original film with Bacon and Fred Ward–said in a recent interview that he enjoyed the documentary. “It was really nice to see,” he said. “My sections were shot somewhere in Lone Pine, California–actually near where Tremors was originally shot. We were out there for a 30th anniversary weekend.”

The original Tremors–which spawned five direct-to-video sequels, a direct-to-video prequel (Tremors 4: The Legend Begins) and a TV series (Tremors: The Series in 2003)–underwhelmed at the box office, grossing just $16 million on a $10-million budget. But it made up for that poor performance with huge sales and rentals on home video.

Tremors, as fans know, tells the story of two repairmen who leave the small town of Perfection, Nev. only to stumble upon a series of mysterious deaths and a seismologist studying unnatural underground readings. With the help of an eccentric survivalist couple, the group fights against giant worm-like monsters out for blood. What’s not to like?

Keep reading Horror News Network for any further updates on the Tremors franchise.

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