is a 1990 dark comedy monster film about a group of people from the small town of Tremors Perfection, Nevada fighting subterranean worm-creatures dubbed " Graboids".
Directed by Ron Underwood. Written by Brent Maddock (screenplay) and S.S. Wilson (screenplay).
Valentine McKee [ edit ]
We plan ahead, that way we don't do anything right now, Earl explained it to me.
I can't believe we said no to free beer!
Good morning Mr. Bassett, this is your wake up call. Please move your ass.
looking at Old Fred's messed-up corral with chunks of dead sheep lying on the ground] What the shit? What the hell is going on?
I mean what the hell is going on?! [
hearing music from below ground] So where the hell's that goddamn golden oldie comin' from? Hey guys, I think I've found the ass end!
This valley is just one long smorgasbord.
to Rhonda] GET OUT OF YOUR PANTS! [
to Earl] Who died and made you Einstein? That's how they get ya. They're under the goddamned GROUND!
We decided to leave town just one damn day too late!
I've got a goddamn plan!
I'll tell you. Nobody handles garbage better than we do.
Earl Bassett [ edit ]
repeated line] Pardon my French! Damn it Valentine, you never plan ahead, you never take the long view, I mean here it is Monday and I'm already thinking of Wednesday... It is Monday right?
Well, there sure as hell ain't nothing to stop us now... everybody we know between here and Bixby's already dead.
To Val] Here's the plan. We don't even stop. Ride like hell. Tonight we keep right on going. We'll walk the horses. [
To Melvin after he scares Earl by throwing his basketball at him] You little asswipe! You don't knock it off you're gonna be shittin' this basketball... pardon my French! Melvin! One of these days someone's gonna kick your ass!
Run for it? Running's not a plan! Running's what you do once a plan fails!
Burt Gummer [ edit ]
No tracks, no sign, no spoor... you'd think after eating all those sheep they'd have to take a dump
some place. [
Burt Gummer, with his wife Heather at his side, berates the dead monster fought off with their "family arsenal"] Broke into the wrong God damn rec room, didn't ya you bastard! [
Burt Gummer looks at his bomb shelter for perhaps the last time] Food for five years, a thousand gallons of gas, air filtration, water filtration, Geiger counter. Bomb shelter! (long sigh) ...underground. God damn monsters. [ handing out weapons and refusing to give Melvin one] I wouldn't give you a gun if it were World War Three!
Rhonda LeBeck: Did you notice anything weird a minute ago? Walter Chang: Earl. Here's some swiss cheese and some bullets.
Dialogue [ edit ]
Melvin Plug: [discovering the gun Burt gave him is empty] Burt, you asshole! There's no bullets in this gun! Burt Gummer: [taking the gun back with a smile] Got you moving didn't it?
Valentine McKee: STAMPEDE! Stampede, Earl! Get out of the way, get out of the way!
Earl Bassett: [ waking up] You dumb shit. I was in a stampede once. Five hundred head, all hell-bent for the horizon.
Valentine McKee: Now, exactly how many cattle are required for a stampede, Earl? Is it three or more? Is there a minimum to 'pede? Earl Bassett: I wish they'd stampede up your ass.
Earl Bassett: Dammit, Valentine! You never go for any girl unless she fits that stupid list of yours from top to bottom.
Valentine McKee: Well, sure.
Earl Bassett: Yeah, and it's dumber than my hind end! Like that Bobbie Lynn Dexter.
Valentine McKee: Tammy Lynn Baxter!
Earl Bassett: Doesn't matter. They're all the same: dead weight. "Ooh, I broke a nail!" Ugh! Makes my skin crawl.
Valentine McKee: I'm a victim of circumstance.. Earl Bassett: I thought you called it your pecker?
Earl Bassett: No breakfast?
Valentine McKee: I did it yesterday. It was baloney and beans.
Earl Bassett: No, it was eggs. I made eggs. Over easy.
Valentine McKee: The hell you did! Baloney and beans. It's your turn! [
They go through a quick game of rock-paper-scissors, which Valentine loses] Valentine McKee: Well, I guess when I'm your age, I'll forget what I eat, too.
Earl Bassett: [ Valentine has just freed the truck from a hangup, after a struggle] Y'know, that's a good way to break an axle.
Valentine McKee: Could you shut up?
Earl Bassett: Hey, I don't need to spend the night out here! Valentine McKee: [ long pause] Crybaby.
Ground starts to bulge]
Valentine McKee: Must be a million of them! [
Graboid breaks through the surface of the ground] Earl Bassett: Nope, just one!
Graboid slams into a concrete retaining wall]
Earl Bassett: Stupid son-of-a-bitch, knocked itself cold! Valentine McKee: Cold, my ass, he's dead! We killed it. We killed it! FUUUUUUUUUUCK YOU!
Earl Bassett: [ after digging out the dead Graboid] There's no way Walter Chang's getting his slick mitts on this for no 15 bucks. Valentine McKee: You got that right!
Earl suddenly has his entire leg drop into a hole]
Earl Bassett: [yelling] AHHH! AHHH!
Valentine McKee: What? What is it?
Earl Bassett: Damn prairie dog burrow. Valentine McKee: Sons a bitches.
trapped on top of a boulder by a Graboid, Val, Earl, and Rhonda are thinking of explanations for where the creatures came from]
Valentine McKee: [ joking] They're mutations caused by radiation. No, wait; the government made 'em. *Big* surprise for the Russians.
Rhonda LeBeck: Well, there's nothing like them in the fossil record... Okay, so they predate the fossil record. [
not buying it herself]
Rhonda LeBeck: That'd make them a couple of billion years old... and we've just never seen one until now. Right. Earl Bassett: I vote for outer space. No way these are local boys.
After spending a night on a boulder due to being trapped by a Graboid]
Earl Bassett: They must be long gone by now. Valentine McKee: Yeah. Hey, why don't you go take a little stroll and find out?
Rhonda LeBeck: No, you don't understand, these creatures are absolutely unprecedented. Nestor: Yeah, but where do they come from?
Unseen Melvin screams when a Graboid attacks, after having scared everyone moments ago]
Earl Bassett: Dammit, I'm gonna kick his ass! Valentine McKee: I'm gonna help you.
Valentine McKee: [ speaking to Burt over a radio and is trying to tell him about the Graboids] Burt, it's under the ground! It's an underground monster! Now get out! Hurry!
Burt Gummer: [ over the radio, as a Graboid comes through his rec room wall] Jesus Chri...! [ transmission turns to static]
Burt Gummer: [ over the radio] We killed it, you got that!? We killed that motherhumper, come back! Valentine McKee: Roger that Burt, and congratulations. Be advised, however, that there are two more, repeat, two more motherhumpers.
After Burt tries to shoot the Graboid with his elephant rifle]
Heather Gummer: You didn't get penetration even with the elephant gun?
Burt Gummer: Shit! Heather Gummer: Good lord.
as the Graboid feels at the building]
Valentine McKee: What's it doing, Rhonda? Rhonda LeBeck: Why do you keep asking me?
Rhonda LeBeck: They only respond to vibration, right? Couldn't we... distract them somehow?
Valentine McKee: Yeah, something to keep 'em busy, like a... like a decoy!
Earl Bassett: Hey Melvin... wanna make a buck? [Melvin flips him off]
Earl and Val argues who will run to the bulldozer in spite of the Graboids]
Earl Bassett: Damn it, listen to me. I'm older and wiser. Valentine McKee: Yeah, well you're half right.
After Burt scares away the Graboids with his home-made dynamite]
Valentine McKee: What the hell's in those things, Burt? Burt Gummer: A few household chemicals in the proper proportions.
Valentine McKee: We can't hold still long! These things are damn smart! They're getting smarter by the minute!
Burt Gummer: That's fine! [
Holds up a stick of dynamite] Burt Gummer: We got some new things to teach 'em!
Rhonda LeBeck: I think I have a plan. Why don't we throw a bomb the way we want to go and then when it goes off, we run like goddamn bastards! [
Everyone looks at her] Rhonda LeBeck: Pardon my French.
Burt cuts off a piece of fuse for a bomb for Earl]
Earl Bassett: What kind of fuse is that?
Burt Gummer: Cannon fuse.
Earl Bassett: What the hell do you use it for? Burt Gummer: My cannon!
About Tremors [ edit ]
I broke down and fell to the sidewalk, screaming to my pregnant wife, 'I can't believe I'm doing a movie about underground worms!
Kevin Bacon Kevin Bacon interview for The Following". The Telegraph. 22 January 2013.
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