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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Perhaps the best thing here is the depiction of how a group of disparate individuals comes together to survive an attack by carnivorous underground monsters; the attack also lets our heroes show that they're reliable, responsible people who can come through in a tough spot.
Violence & Scariness
Bloodless (for the most part) violence is perpetrated against human beings by monsters; gory violence is perpetrated against monsters by human beings. Bombs, bullets, and blunt force are used against creatures; human beings are bitten by tentacles, tugged underground, mangled, etc. A dehydrated dead body is seen. Very mild blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Light flirting; a climactic kiss.
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Mild strong language, including "hell," "goddammit," "Jesus Christ," "pisses," "s--t," "bastard," "ass," "a--holes," and one non-sexual use of "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Some brands are seen -- Marlboro, Virginia Slims, Mountain Dew, Pepsi, Caterpillar heavy equipment. Firearms are named by brand.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink beer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, for the standards of science-fiction action, this is a rousing, well-made monster flick that's high on fun and excitement but low on terror and gore; there's some salty language, yes, and the monsters are dispatched in fairly spectacular, splattery fashion, but there's not a lot of blood, and the human victims of the creatures are dispatched in bloodless fashion. There's a lot of firearms action in the film - courtesy two "survivalist" characters -- but it's all unleashed against huge, scary worm-monsters who clearly have it coming. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Modestly made, Tremors is nonetheless a real crowd-pleaser, in part thanks to the chemistry between Ward and Bacon. While the film's got a modest budget, the script has real polish and integrity, as it hews close to the rules it sets and applies real logic and care to its scenes.
There's some adventure violence and peril in the film, yes, but the movie's so wonderfully aware of what it is, hewing close to the B-movie tradition, that it never overdose the rough stuff; instead, it's simple fun that works remarkably well. There have been several straight-to-video sequels, but the original is clearly the best of the bunch -- and a great modern iteration of an old-fashioned creature feature.
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