"Tremors" is one of those rare monster movies that delivers on all counts. You get thrills, laughs, memorable performances and -- most important of all -- an original, well-executed monster.
When I first set out to write about the movie's graboid sandworms, I actually intended to limit them to a single page in a list of subterranean movie monsters. But the more I reacquainted myself with the creature and boned up on its life cycle, the more I realized they really deserved their own article.
So there you have it. Graboids. As with my other movie monster articles on gremlins and xenomorphs, the real-world science examples should remind you that no matter how inventive we get with our imagined creatures, nature generally has us beat for all-out weirdness.
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- "Tremors 2: Aftershocks." 1996.
- "Tremors 3: Back to Perfection." 2001.
- "Tremors 4: The Legend Begins." 2004.
- "Tremors: The Series." SyFy Channel. 2003.