Tremors 5: Bloodlines (2015)
One of my favorite guilty pleasure franchises is back!! The TREMORS films started off as a fun little creature feature in 1990 that starred Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward facing off against some big ass worms, Graboids, in the desert. The Graboids hunt by sound and were deadly accurate as they emerged from the ground and swallowed their victims whole. The film was so popular that in 1996 TREMORS II: AFTERSHOCKS was released. Bacon was gone, but Fred Ward stuck around to fight off the Graboids–who have since evolved from the first film–down in Mexico. In 2001 was TREMORS 3: BACK TO PERFECTION and three years later in 2004 we got a prequel to the original TREMORS titled, TREMORS 4: THE LEGEND BEGINS. There was even a TREMORS TV series in 2003 that ran for one season!!
I think the success of this series is that the writers always tried to give viewers something new and different in each film. Sure the Graboids were the stars in each film and TV series, but we got to see the Graboids evolve. They went from underground dwelling creatures to land walkers (“Shreikers”) to flying creatures (“Ass-Blasters”). And even though the original stars have since moved on, the one staple of the TREMORS series has been actor Michael Gross. Best known for his role as the enlightened, hippie-esque father on FAMILY TIES, which ran for seven seasons, Gross’ character in the TREMORS series couldn’t be more different. Gross has been in every movie and in every episode of the TV series, and his character is fantastic. In each TREMORS films, Gross plays Burt Gummer, a creature hunter-gun enthusiast-survivalist, and he is awesome!! He stole the first film and got better with each sequel.
Now there’s TREMORS 5: BLOODLINES. Once again Burt Gummer is the star and has his own survivalist show. He doesn’t have that big of a following. Along comes Travis (Jamie Kennedy), Burt’s new cameraman. Travis tells Burt he can promise him an increase in viewers and he will raise Burt’s online presence. Just as Burt and Travis are getting to know each other, Erich Van Wyck (Daniel Janks) tracks them down and says he desperately needs Burt’s help. Wyck is from the South African Wildlife Ministry and tells Burt there has been more than one confirmed Ass-Blaster sighting. Since Burt is the resident expert, he knows that where there are Ass-Blasters, there are Graboids. He agrees to help and Travis comes along for the ride.
After arriving in South Africa, Burt realizes that there’s a much bigger problem in South Africa besides one or two Ass-Blasters. There are indeed Graboids and they are larger and more deadly than the North American variety. But there is something else going on that doesn’t feel right to both Burt and Travis. Hopefully, they’ll find out before it is too late!!
TREMORS 5: BLOODLINES is a pretty damn fun film. If you’re a fan of the franchise, as I am, then you’ll have a good time with this one. But let’s face it, if you didn’t like the previous TREMORS films, then you’re not going to like this one either. On the plos side, there’s lots of great creature action, and the effects are all practical. But the effects won’t be winning any Academy Awards anytime soon. They work, they’re fun, and they get the job done. One of the things I always love about the TREMORS films is seeing how the writers are going to make the creatures scarier and more deadly than the previous entry. The writers (M.A. Deuce, C.J. Strebor, William Truesmith, and John Whelpley) do not disappoint. Besides the creatures being larger, Burt, Travis, and the others are attacked both from above and below. We also get a solid motivation as to why the creatures are attacking certain humans and not others.
The acting is well done. Again, no one will be getting on the Hollywood Walk of Fame based on their performance in TREMORS 5, but everyone does a great job. On a side note, Michael Gross is pretty damn amazing. Gross is pushing seventy years old and looks better than he did when he was on FAMILY TIES!! Any who … There are a few subplots and character arcs from secondary players that keep everything moving along, but the real fun here is watching Burt Gummer kill big worms–and we get plenty of this.
There’s a lot to like in TREMORS 5, and as I mentioned above, if you’re a fan of this franchise, then you will have a blast cheering on Burt and the others as they wipe out the Graboid threat in South Africa. I’m hoping this film does well enough that they eventually make TREMORS 6. I’m thinking we need to move the Graboid threat to the beach. Think about how cool that would be. Graboids terrorize the beaches and people think they are safe in the water until, BAM… the worms evolve into aquatic creatures. Sweeeeet!! Check out TREMORS 5: BLOODLINES. It’s a damn fun film.
Director: Don Michael Paul
Plot: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Gore; 3 out of 10 skulls
Zombie Mayhem: 0 out of 5 brains
Reviewed by Scott Shoyer