Sunday, October 11, 2015

Tremors 5: Bloodlines - Every Franchise Deserves an Entry Called Blood Lines

Oh Tremors 5. How did we get here? I suppose once you hit part 5 of a series you have to start asking yourself what your expectation is for the franchise. Now the Tremors movies have always been humorous, effects based Horror movies with clever monsters, familiar faces reprising roles and a complete lack of belief suspension. Tremors 5 is a monster movie like the Tremors features before. It has some CG, some practical and a fair amount of raunchy humor that has become synonymous with the series. If the last movie you watched in the series was the original, get ready for a shock in the evolution of the grabboids and the series. Things have changed for the cheesier.

What’s to like? Burt Gummer is back and Michael Gross is a funny fella. That works for the movie. He creates some truly special comic moments (one of which involves urine) and he’s the same character you’ve come to love over the years. He’s about all you get in terms of repeat characters or a feeling of nostalgia for the first picture. Of course Jamie Kennedy is his costar who is famous for his comic Horror presence that really worked well in Scream, but whose career may have hit a bit of a stumbling block in recent years. He plays his role well and provides a health level of comic relief. That’s it for memorable faces or discussion worth performances.

There’s plenty of splat in this one with an  emphasis on trying to disgust the audience albeit safely.

I haven’t been a fan of the walking grabboids and truly prefer the worm creatures of old that seem to have come out of the deserts of Dune or Beetlejuice. Unfortunately my old wormy friends get minimal attention in this one. The trip to find the African monster novel and works, but really it just feels like more of the same desert settings with different kinds of strange celebratory parties and customs.

It really comes down to expectation. If you want to watch a moderately funny, bigger budget SyFy channel style monster movie featuring a couple of familiar faces than Tremors 5 will work for you. If you want the original Tremors, Kevin Bacon and Earl Basset, you’re out of luck. I think if you’ve enjoyed the last sequels in the Tremors franchise this will fall right in line, and you’ll have a great time.

From Universal:

A deadly threat resurfaces halfway around the world when giant, man-eating worms attack a South African wildlife park in the sci-fi comedy, Tremors 5: Bloodlines, available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on October 6, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Michael Gross (“Family Ties,” “Suits,”) returns as Graboid hunter extraordinaire Burt Gummer, with Jamie Kennedy (“The Cleveland Show,” Scream franchise) as his new tech-savvy second-in-command, in this all-new adventure. The latest chapter of the franchise known for its campy humor and voracious monsters features thrilling new special effects, 25 minutes of bonus features; extended scenes and outtakes, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.

The stakes are raised for survivalist Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) in his most dangerous monster hunt yet. When Gummer’s hired to capture a deadly Assblaster terrorizing South Africa, he and his new sidekick, Travis Welker (Jamie Kennedy), find themselves in a battle to the death against the fiercely aggressive Assblasters and Graboids. Discovering that the monsters have evolved into even more lethal creatures, their mission takes on a whole new level of unseen terror -- far more than they bargained for.

Deleted And Extended Scenes

Tremors 5: Behind The Bloodlines featurette

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