Tremors: Shrieker Island (2020) Review

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Tremors: Shrieker Island (2020) Review

Horrorific content by adrian on November 11th, 2020 | Movie Review | Sci-Fi, Tourist, Creature, Isolation, Tremors Series

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It's Tremors meets Jurassic Park.

Tremors: Shrieker Island was directed by Don Michael Paul (who also directed Tremors 5: Bloodlines and Lake Placid: The Final Chapter) and stars Michael Gross (from all the Tremors including Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell and Tremors 4: The Legend Begins), Richard Brake (from RZ's 31Feedback and The Dare) and Caroline Langrishe (from Guardian Of The Abyss).

Destiny's a bitch.

Tremors: Shrieker Island Review

Tremors 5: Bloodlines resuscitated the franchise from near certain death by pulling it up to modern standards after taking an 11 year break from part 4, a terrible prequel called The Legend Begins. By that point Tremors had gone from Nevada to Mexico back to Nevada and then back in time, still in Nevada. Tremors 5 jumped the pond to South Africa and featured a new sidekick in Jamie Kennedy who provided effective comic relief. Tremors went from feeling like low budget cheese to a big budget Hollywood summer blockbuster. Tremors 6 kept the same style and sidekick. Tremors 7 went in an entirely new direction and even swapped out sidekick Jamie Kennedy for Jon Heder aka Napoleon Dynamite! What?

Tremors: Shrieker Island did something the Tremors franchise never did before, it became an entirely different movie. Shrieker Island is basically Jurassic Park. Swap out a Graboid for a T-Rex and you have Jurassic Park starring Burt Gummer and Napolean Dynamite.

Shrieker Island is about a bunch of rich guys who hunt Graboids on a remote private island. The Graboids unsurprisingly get out of hand and Burt Gummer is called on to help kill them off. His old sidekick is apparently "stuck in a Mexican jail" (cliche much?) which is why he gets a new one. But I gotta say, Jamie Kennedy was a WAY better and funnier sidekick than Jon Heder. Heder was just kinda dry and flat. Actually, pretty much every character except for Burt and Bill (the island boss played by legendary Richard Brake) were flat. Actually, the story was flat too. So was the action. And the CGI was horrendous. This movie was horrendous, start to painful finish.

For one thing it drags serious ass throughout the first hour. This is PART SEVEN of a franchise and yet the movie wastes the first hour trying to build suspense before revealing the first Graboid, as if we don't know this movie is going to be about Graboids. Once it finally reveals the first Graboid the movie becomes a strange kind of creature slasher. The graboids slowly stalk and pick all the characters off one by one for some reason. It's like as if Michael Myers were a Tremors creature. It's really, really dumb.

There's a few throwbacks to the original Tremors, but they simply weren't enough to make this feel like a Tremors movie. This one is by far the worst of the series.

Worth Watching?

No way. Before watching this I thought The Legend Begins was the worst of the franchise, but at least that felt like a Tremors movie and had all the qualities that makes Tremors Tremors. This was just, hell I don't even know what it was. It was a waste of 103 minutes is what it was.

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