When I saw Tremors back in 1990, I had no clue that 25 years later the series would produce a fifth entry. To say the concept and point has been stretched to include these low-budgeted sequels, is besides the point. These titles have name recognition and serve as filler for Syfy channel and the like. But I’m pleased to report that Tremors 5 is a funny, often-entertaining direct-to-DVD B-movie with good effects and decent performances considering the genre and audience expectations.
Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) is recruited back into action to battle Graboids and Ass Blasters. This time the location is deep within the wilderness of South Africa. When a new species of Graboids begins to terrorize the local population. Gummer, aided by a tech-wizard newcomer named Travis Welker (Jamie Kennedy) must once again stop the monstrous, man-eating Graboids from killing all living beings.
Tremors 5 is a B-movie made by and for movie lovers, there are numerous in-joke references to popular genre flicks-Aliens, Die Hard, Jurassic Park-to let you know the writers are gleefully pillaging from other movies you’ve probably already seen. There is a fun almost ad-libbed vibe that flows from the likable cast and humorous line-readings. I’ve always like Michael Gross and this role has been a hallmark in his otherwise low-key career. He seems to relish the chance to play the character every few years, willing showing up in sequel after sequel. Look for a major cameo that adds to the history of the franchise.
Director: Don Michael Paul
Stars: Michael Gross, Jaime Kennedy, Natalie Becker