Movie Review: Tremors: Shrieker Island (2020)

Synopsis: When a wealthy bio tech executive bioengineers four Graboids for one of his exotic big game hunts, things quickly go south and a happily-isolated Burt Gummer is once again forced to come out of retirement to stop them before they become Shriekers and wipe out a nearby wildlife sanctuary and the natives living near it.

Who's in it? The movie stars Michael Gross, John Heder, Jackie Cruz, Richard Brake and Caroline Langrishe.

Review: When I saw Netflix had yet another Tremors installment, I had a mixed opinion. Part of me was happy to see another chapter in what is easily one of my favorite movie franchises. Yet, at the same time, I did wonder if maybe it was rolling the dice one too many times.

My wife and I finally watched this movie this past weekend. While I wouldn't say it was one of the best from the franchise, I also didn't hate it.

I think the thing that works best for this movie is it keeps things simple. While there are other supporting characters, the primary plot was Burt (Gross) in yet another life and death struggle with the creatures he has spent his life hunting. This allowed the movie to focus on the action rather than a bunch of complicated sub plots nobody really cares about.

I'm also going to say this movie was a lot less predictable than I thought it would be. This is especially true of how it ended. I can honestly say I didn't see it coming and, while I don't know if I really liked the ending, I will admit it would be a good way to end the franchise, if the producers decide to do that.

My only real complaint about the movie is the title is misleading. Yes, there were Shriekers, but I don't think there were enough of them to justify naming the movie after them. If anything, I think the majority of the film was spent dealing with the Graboids. The Shriekers actually had relatively little screen time. However, that being said, I'm OK with that. I've always liked the Graboids, and their ability to come out of the ground at any moment, better anyway.

Final Opinion: It's a direct-to-video cash grab, but that doesn't mean it isn't a good movie. At minimum, if you like the other films from this franchise, it's worth watching this one at least once.

My Grade: B


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