Stop shaking, you’re only making it worse!
Kevin Bacon’s character is a simple man with nothing better to do than to kill giant worms. He is the reason this horror movie is funny without resorting to slapstick comedy. The main protagonists are depicted as tough, manly, simple and unimpressionable. They don’t care how big their problem is; they just want it fixed. They aren't your vulnerable whiners. What’s more, they have an arsenal...
1990's Tremors features creatures unlike anything we've seen before. They live underground, are good crawlers, vicious killers and detect human vibrations. The script makes good use of this gimmick and creates a fake context and fake conditions to instigate a fear that the viewer never experienced; in life or on film: for most of the runtime, the protagonists must avoid stepping on the ground...
They jump from rock to boulder and climb buildings to avoid being eaten by truly frightening monsters. The support cast is there to be dispatched, to ensure balanced gore and to reinforce the slasher vibe while Bacon makes us feel secure and tries to figure the whole thing out. Tremors could’ve been the worst b-schlock to ever surface; instead it is a brilliant hybrid of dark subgenres.