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Sitting in the living room of Casa Kidden, munching my favorite late-night snack, I was ready for a quiet evening of highbrow entertainment. Unfortunately, my wife took away the bag of Gummi Worms, and our copy of "A Muppet Christmas Carol" broke in the machine. So, I flipped on the T.V, and lo and behold, I ran across Tremors 2-Aftershocks.
The straight-to-video sequel to the astonishingly successful and surprisingly good low-budget Tremors , this film is set in Mexico and brings back Fred Ward and Michael Gross to reprise their roles from the earlier movie, and tosses in some nice additions.
Basic Plot: A few years have passed since the giant worms attacked the town of Perfection, Nevada. Life has moved on since all the media hype after the destruction of the worms died down. Yet all is not as peaceful as it seems.
Fred Ward's former luckless handyman "Earl" is now running an Emu ranch that is starting to fail, when he is visited by representatives of a Mexican oil company who know of him from the media coverage that followed the giant worm escapade. It seems their oil fields have been beset by strange tremors, and investigations by a geologist (Helen Shaver) have turned up a fleet of strange worm-like creatures smaller than the originals, but evolved with legs and heat-seeking sensors in their heads. In fact, they track prey and communicate via heat waves. Earl goes off to Mexico to make a ton of money hunting down and killing the critters. Along the way he is joined by his old buddy Burt,(sorry, couldn't resist) one half of the survivalist couple from the previous film. As always, "Burt knows his bombs", which definitely helps matters.
Anyhow, Earl, Burt, and others end up trapped by the worm-like critters, and must devise a plot to escape and destroy them. Along the way it's discovered that the beasts are totally hermaphroditic, enabling them to reproduce after they've ingested a meal. Picture a couple monsters getting into a shed filled with water and various food items, and you get the idea what they eventually end up facing.
The movie is sprinkled with touches of humor. Burt shoots one of the creatures with a high-powered rifle that not only goes entirely through the beast, it passes through a building, some scattered debris, and the engine block of their only working truck. Can we say "overkill"? Burt also gets trapped in the shovel of a front-end loader while his friends scamper to a nearby roof...oh well, at least he's hidden. The final solution does indeed show that "Burt knows his bombs". Whoever would've thought that a pickup truck loaded with homemade explosives could make THAT big of a crater?
One bit is just a little bit clumsy: While hiding with the geologist on a roof, Burt discovers she is,in fact, his favorite calendar model he has so often dreamed about. It seems she had to put herself through college somehow. Ho hum.
The monsters look excellent, and the special effects are first-rate. Fred Ward pulls off the character Earl easily...like wearing comfortabe old shoes. Michael Gross is even better as Burt this time around, and Reba MacIntyre is sadly missing from this film...that's a loss. The other characters were merely incidental, and not well developed, and Helen Shaver is adequate, without really standing out.
This is easily as good a ride as the first movie, and there's talk of yet another sequel. Low budget flicks rarely get this good.
Yours until "Killer Klowns From Outer Space" becomes a TV miniseries,
- Hugh U. Kidden
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Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Better than Watching TV
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older