The Graboids are back and this
time they are munching down on the employees of Mexico’s largest oil
refinery. What can the Mexican government do? They go find
experts on Graboids to clear up their infestation. Earl, one of
the two handymen that cleaned up Perfection in the first movie (Kevin
Bacon doesn’t return as Val), signs on to help. Along with a
new sidekick, Grady, and survivalist Burt Gummer they do a good job
killing off the worms. That is until they mutate into a new form
of above ground predator called Shriekers and change all the rules.
Now instead of underground worms that hunt by sound they have to fight
above ground animals that hunt using heat. What is even worse
is that Burt Gummer is completely out of ammo!
In spite of losing star Kevin
Bacon Tremors 2: Aftershocks is a worthy sequel to the original.
When doing a sequel to a monster movie filmmakers have to walk a very
thin line. You want to make an exciting movie that does justice
to the original without just remaking it. That may seem like an
easy thing to do, but operating within a framework of rules that an
audience is familiar with while giving them something new to watch is
difficult. Just look at all the movies that fail. What makes
Tremors 2 great is that the movie starts off with the Graboids, but
half way through the creatures mutate into something completely different.
This simple plot device allows the movie to remain a creature feature,
but deliver a fresh story. The script is filled with great dialogue
and Fred Ward (Earl) and Michael Gross (Burt) are both great reprising
their roles. The new additions to the cast, especially Helen Shaver,
do a fine job.
This is one of the early movies
that I remember a lot of CGI in. That does take away some from
the movie, but when they moved the action above ground I suppose it
was inevitable. Still the Graboids are done well, as in the first
movie and some of the Shrieker effects were done with puppets as well.
I will give them props for not using a bad CGI effects for the explosive
conclusion to the movie. Too many low budget movies fall into
the trap of using crappy digital effects to show an explosion.
These always look terrible.
While not as good as the first
film Tremors 2 is still a decent entry to the franchise. Now if
they had only stopped with this one I would have been happy. I
recommend that you check this one out if you get the chance. It
is available on a 4 pack with Tremors, Tremors 3, and Tremors 4.
All this Graboid goodness is available for less than $15!
Rating - ***
- John “El Juan” Shatzer