Arguably my favourite monster movie of all time, Tremors (1990) mixes man-eating worms, scares, laughs and great characters to create an adrenaline-pumping, crowd pleaser. Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward play the likeable handymen that join forces with the rest of the residents of a small, desert community to fight back against the monster onslaught.
There are numerous scenes that are memorable throughout the film but the one that I will never tire of is when one unfortunate beast crashes into the Gummer’s, highly fortified rec room. Bert (Michael Gross) and Heather (Reba McEntire) unleash their vast array of weaponry on the worm culminating in Bert plugging it with two shells from his elephant gun. The couple stand triumphantly in front of the mound of guts and slime and Bert shouts the hilarious line, ‘ Broke into the wrong goddamn rec room you b%st%rd!!’
The short scene is violent, noisy and incredibly exciting. You actually feel sorry for the worms for the first time in the film.
Although McEntire and Bacon would only feature in the first of the Tremors series of films, Gross became a regular in all the films.