Movie Review: Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell (2018)

Synopsis: When a group of Graboids terrorize an arctic research station, down-on-his-luck Burt Gummer and his son Travis fly in to save the day. However, when Burt's previous interaction with the creatures results in him becoming seriously ill, the scope of the mission changes and they must somehow capture one of the creatures alive so they can cure him.

Who's in it? The movie stars Jamie Kennedy, Tanya van Graan, Jamie-Lee Money, Jay Anstey and Michael Gross.

Review: I had some serious doubts about this movie when I came across it on Netflix and honestly couldn't believe they were still making sequels to the 1990 original. However, I was also a little intrigued by it so I figured I would give it a chance.

As is usually the case with sequels and, as was the case with this film, sixth installments, there were some things missing, including all but one (Gross) of the original cast. The movie, however, stilled turned out to be more entertaining than I was expecting.

For one, I liked how this film stuck with the basics and had them primarily fighting the underground monsters rather than their more-evolved incarnations (though there were one or two "ass-blasters" early on). Despite their numerous attempts to improve on the prehistoric monsters, the vibration-sensing underground worm version is definitely the best.

The added challenge of capturing one of them alive also made this film interesting. This is both because it seemed like such an impossible task and because, with so many new characters being introduced to the movie series, such as Travis (Kennedy), I wasn't convinced Burt (Gross) would survive this installment or if he would choose to go out with a blaze of glory and let his son continue on.

I think my only real complaint about this movie is it did seem to focus a little too much on trying to gross people out, with plenty of vomiting Graboids and quite a bit of gore. Fortunately, the plot, while not as good as the original film, was strong enough to make it watchable regardless.

Final Opinion: As expected, this movie falls short of the 1990 original. However, it was one of the better installments from the franchise (and definitely better than the Sharknado sequels) so I would recommend it.

My Grade: B


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