Tremors 2: Aftershocks
Dir: Steve Wilson
Star: Fred Ward, Christopher Gartin, Michael Gross, Helen Shaver
Cert / Year: 12 - PG13 / 1996
Format: DVD R2

Mexico's largest oil field is under major graboid attack so the owners turn to the only two people who have ever defeated them. Val has settled down, but Earl (Fred Ward) is broke and says yes to the money. He is joined by cab driver Grady Hoover (Christoper Gartin) and gun nut Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) in a battle that this time they are armed and ready for. That is they were ready to fight the worms but now the worms have turned.

Sequels are more often than not as good as the originals. Reductions in budget and lost of the original cast and crew usually mean that the original magic is lost. Is this the case here? Well yes and no. While this might not be the slick fun of the original it is a film that still has a lot to offer.

The biggest success of the Tremors franchise has been the ability to keep the same writers. Brent Maddock and Steve Wilson have continually ensured that if nothing else this franchise is blessed with some sharply funny dialogue and lots of monster packed action. Following up the original was always going to be hard work but the addition of the next stage in the wormís life cycle ensures that the heroes don't run out of challenges.

Fred Ward returns to lead the cast and while Christopher Gartin is no match for Kevin Bacon in both terms of skill or chemistry with Fred Ward he is an acceptable replacement. What is good about his character is his enthusiasm and naivety that has been exploited to full potential by the script. What's possibly more important in terms of the film series is this film marks the coming of age of Burt Gummers character. He takes a while to arrive but when he does he takes center stage. This prominence would form the basis for all of the future Tremors releases. It is a character with loads of possibilities (rather more so than the Earl and someone buddy partnership) and acting talent that Michael Gross brings to the role ensures Burtís a real winner.

It is at this point the nature of sequels becomes apparent. While the lack of some of the original talent is easily forgettable the atrocious CGI effects aren't. The model and animatronics work is still of top quality but the money saving use of CGI has left the worms offspring looking less than impressive. It's a shame as it really is a big distraction from the story. The lack of budget has left rough edges that are more noticeable when compared to the slick original. Steve Wilson does a fine job with the inventive direction but the overall lack of scale and the cheap effects do take their toll.

Tremors 2 doesn't match the achievements of the original Tremors movie, yet neither is it a failure. It is a nicely written sequel that ties up some loose ends and opens up a wider Tremors universe. The next stage in the wormís life cycle is a real winner it's a shame that budget limitations spoils the writer's vision. The biggest winner is the script and in it the rise to prominence of Burt Gummer, both of which go a long way in hiding the lack of money. This is a good sequel to the original and is a springboard to the following Tremors 3.


The Worms Have Turned.


Burt: I feel I was denied critial need to know information.

Burt: Just doing what I can with what I've got.

Burt: Memo: 4 pounds of C4 my be a little excessive.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Picture 1.78:1 Anamorphic Good but a slight bit of grain.
Audio Stereo With all of those explosions a stereo track is a real let down.
Features Trailers for Tremors and Tremors 2
Verdict Not a good disc at all, passable transfer and no real extras.

Rating: 1 out of 5

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