So you've seen and liked one or two Tremors movies.
But did you know there's four
Four films, and
a show that ran for one season?
The franchise is kept fresh by each movie introducing a new stage in the monster's life-cycle. The TV series additionally shows that that's not all there is to Perfection Valley, and explains why there is so much strangeness in one point. Tremors
is the one where people mistakenly think Kevin Bacon's the main character. This movie's secondary character, gun loving Earl Bassett (Michael Gross), will hold that distinction for the rest of the franchise, including the TV series.Tremors 2: Aftershocks
follows Earl as he takes on a stint as a paid "graboid exterminator" in Mexico.Tremors 3: Back to Perfection
sees Earl back in Perfection, and while working as a stand-alone movie, serves as the pilot for the show.Tremors 4: The Legend Begins
is a prequel starring the ancestors of various characters from Tremors 3, and showing the founding of Perfection as well as early monster encounters. The pacing is a little slower than in the other movies, and it didn't work quite as well for me.Tremors: The Series
explores "living with the monster" (with the graboids now being a protected species) and the interactions in the town of Perfection. Due to there being other strange creatures (for reasons that become clearer halfway through the series), the format alternates between graboid episodes and "monster of the week."
The long and the short of it is, if you've seen any two, you know that they had a beloved franchise on their hands, and were loathe to changing a winning formula too much. If you liked what you saw, the rest's "more of the same", but not in a bad way: it's rarely brilliant, but often amusing, and makes for fair enough watching will having a drink and laugh with friends, or while exercising. If you've seen any of the franchise (with the possible exception of Tremors 4, which is the odd one out) and didn't like it, the rest of the franchise likely isn't different enough to be for you.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tremors_(franchise)#Films
ObCritters: Another humorous monster franchise of the era doesn't hold up as well: The first Critters movie is amusing enough, but beyond that, pickings are slim. Part II is more of the same in a somewhat uninspired way; Part III seems more like a children's movie (and a weird rehash of Batteries not included
a/k/a Miracle on 8th St
), and if you want to watch it for being Leonardo DiCaprio's film debut, I don't know what to say to you. Except, you know, "Don't." The same goes for trying to watch the slightly better Critters 4 for Brad Dourif's appearance — as slightly ridiculous monster fueled B movies go, 1994's Death Machine
is a vastly superior vehicle for Dourif."But hey -- at least, it's not Gremlins."