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This review is from: Tremors 3: Back to Perfection (Widescreen) (DVD)The town of Perfection Nevada was the setting for the most bizarre animal attack in history -- graboids, vibration-sensing monster worms that erupt out of the ground to eat people.
And eleven years later, "Tremors 3: Back to Perfection" revisits this dusty small town when the graboids make an unexpected reappearance -- and the government promptly causes even more trouble. Michael Gross (who stole the show in the previous "Tremors" movies) gets to take the lead in the second sequel, which suffers from a bit of dodgy CGI but is still a fun, gore-splattering little horror-comedy.
After a shrieker-obliterating mission to Argentina, BUrt Gummer (Michael Gross) returns home to Perfection, and finds that the tiny town is being hassled by the putrid Melvin, now grown into a slimy real estate agent.
What's more, a thrillseeker named "Desert Jack" Sawyer (Shawn Christian) has started taking tourists out on safaris full of fake "attacks." But when Jack's slimy assistant is publicly gobbled down by a graboid in full view of the tourists, the people of Perfection find themselves facing another graboid invasion. Burt is ready to go out and hunt them down... only to be stopped by government agents who intend to protect the "oldest rarest endangered species of the planet."
To avoid being "eminent domained" out of his home, Burt agrees to help the agents. But he encounters some bizarre problems -- and when the scientists are ripped to shreds by shriekers, Burt and Co. find themselves trapped by a giant albino graboid. But the real danger comes when they manage to escape... and find that the shriekers have metamorphosed into a third stage: butt-blasting winged creatures, which Jodi names "ass-blasters." Will Burt be able to shoot down the ass-blasters... without his guns?
There's something of a feeling of sequelitis in "Tremors 3 - Back to Perfection" -- we've got the basic everybody-runs-and-hides-from-heat-seeking-monsters formula, followed by clever ideas to kill them one by one. Been there, done that, own the Chang T-shirt and the graboid hand puppet.
Fortunately Brent Maddock does do a good job injecting some new twists into the formula: pompous and inept government meddling, Melvin's sneaky money schemes, the Great White Graboid, and the full-circle phase of the graboid life cycle. Since "Tremors 3" also served as a springboard for a short-lived TV show, it actually has some clever additions that spice up the straightforward plot and leave it open for more amusement.
And the plot, while familiar, has plenty of snappy dialogue ("I'm a masterpiece of self-destruction") peppering its action scenes and suspenseful moments. Maddock liberally strews the story with high-speed chases in dusty trucks, splattered orange goop, an annoying sidekick, and the occasional massive explosion. And while the main focus is on the bombardier-beetlesque ass-blasters, the graboids also get some attention as well -- including as Burt being eaten alive by a graboid (and being very messily extracted).
Burt doesn't fire nearly as many guns in this movie, although there's a fun scene involving a WWII antiaircraft turret. And Michael Gross gets to have plenty of fun as an action hero, while showing the wonderfully paranoid Burt starting to figure out how he can use the system for his own ends. Christian makes a nice if slightly weird sidekick ("Stop with the zen zingers!" Jodi orders him), and Susan Chuang follows up as the newest Chang store-owner.
"Tremors 3 - Back to Perfection" retreads some familiar ground, but the superb Michael Gross and some fun additions to your typical "Tremors" story keeps it fresh. Definitely still worth watching.