A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
People shouldn't mess around with Mother Nature. Courage is shown in the face of difficult odds.
Positive Role Models
The supporting cast includes two powerful women of color who charge right into battle. Unfortunately, other characters of color (a Black man and an Asian woman) are sidelined, seemingly there to perform needed tasks without any dialogue or character development. Burt might be considered something of a role model, given his long history fighting the giant worms, but he also has displays of selfishness and poor behavior. (Here, however, he goes out as a hero.)
Violence & Scariness
Character eaten by Graboid; lots of blood. Lots of guns and shooting. High-powered rifle. Bunker filled with dynamite, machetes, etc. Monster chainsawed, with lots of beast-gore. Raining beast guts after explosion. Bloody giant worm corpse. Bloody spatter on lightbulb from offscreen kill. Other small blood sprays. Flamethrowers. Tranquilizer darts. Graboid drags man away. Bow-and-arrow shooting. Scary noises (shrieking). Characters bound with zip-ties. Main character(s) die.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Women in tight/revealing clothing. Reference to a drinking game with "stripping."
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Uses of "s--t," "bats--t," "bitch," "ass," "hell," "piss," "friggin'," "fart." Middle-finger gesture.
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Products & Purchases
Mention of Red Bull. Main character wears a Cincinnati Reds baseball cap.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Supporting adult characters are shown drunk. Character wakes up with a comical hangover. Character carries a flask and is described as constantly drinking. Characters share expensive whiskey. Dialogue about drinking vodka and "expensive booze." Dialogue about a drinking game ("Flip, Sip, or Strip?"). Magic mushrooms are mentioned, and a character is said to have been arrested for smuggling them.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tremors: Shrieker Island is the seventh sci-fi/action/monster movie in the Tremors franchise, which are all about brave people battling gigantic, human-eating worms. Longtime fans may enjoy it, but otherwise it's pretty tired and clunky. Expect lots of monster-related violence and fake-looking blood and gore. Humans are largely killed offscreen, but some blood spatter is shown. Creature gore is much stronger. Many weapons are shown and fired, including high-powered rifles, other guns, a bow and arrow, flamethrowers, dynamite, etc. Key character(s) die. Language includes uses of "s--t," "bitch," and more. Secondary characters are said to be drunk, and a main character wakes up with a hangover. Characters share whiskey, and magic mushrooms are mentioned. Female characters wear revealing clothing, and a "strip" drinking game is mentioned. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This seventh movie in the Tremors series is interesting mainly due to Burt and a few other likable characters, but it's cheap and not particularly inventive, with little new to say. Gross (who's also known for Family Ties) was a supporting character in the fun original Tremors (1990); his character, Burt, has gone on to appear in every other Tremors movie (with the exception of the fourth, a prequel, in which he played Burt's great-grandfather) -- and even the 2003 TV series. That's a long history, and he carries it proudly, even if he doesn't really have anything to do in Tremors: Shrieker Island that he hasn't done before.
Heder plays yet another lovable goofball, charging into the fray despite his perceived cowardice/weaknesses, and Cruz (Orange Is the New Black) plays the kind of tough, powerful woman you'd want on your side. But director Don Michael Paul movie feels rushed and ill-timed; it goes on too long and yet feels choppy and truncated. Two characters of color are left stranded with virtually no dialogue, with their jobs being simply to obey any orders barked at them. And the digital monster effects feel plasticky and dislocated, leaving very few actual scares. But if the main job of Tremors: Shrieker Island is to cement the legacy of Burt Gummer, then it does that job just fine.
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