YMMV: Tremors

  • Crazy Awesome: The Ass Blasters fly by essentially farting out combustible chemicals, creating an explosion that shoots them into the air, and from there they open their wings and start gliding.
    • Burt Gummer.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Burt Gummer is the number one fan favorite character, and the only one to appear in all five adaptations (sort of).
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Try listening to one of Burt Gummer's rants about the government collecting people's information after hearing about the NSA scandal and the IRS targeting of political targets, and see if you still find them funny.
    • Messerschmitt's escape from 'Sigmund and Ray' on the TV episode "Blast from the Past", during which the ass-blaster devoured two of his keepers, comes across as a lot more morbid after Roy Horn, of the actual Siegfried and Roy, suffered a career-ending mauling by the stage-magic duo's white tiger Mantecore. The gruesome on-stage accident took place six months after the episode's airdate.
  • Hell Is That Noise: In Aftershocks, that wailing noise a Graboid makes before the Shriekers emerge.
    • For that mater, the sound that the Shriekers make themselves. Its extremely loud and acts as a dinner bell for the dozens of other Shriekers nearby.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Ever wonder what the full name of "Desert Jack" from Tremors 3 was? The titles reveal it's Jack Sawyer.
    • In the first movie, after sending the final Graboid over the cliff, Val yells, "Can you fly?!" Two movies later and...
    • Val makes a remark that everyone knew about the Graboids and simply didn't tell Earl. He was being Sarcastic, but then came the fourth movie.
  • I Am Not Shazam: The monsters are called Graboids, not Tremors. Lampshaded in the third movie.
    • The film title refers to the tremors, miniature earthquakes, caused by the monsters tunneling through the ground near the seismic sensors. Blame Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure for people thinking the monsters were called Tremors.
  • Memetic Badass: Burt Gummer. It's even a common joke in SpaceBattles.com that no matter what universe he ends up in or who you put him against, he will win through sheer Crazy Awesome and More Dakka.
  • Mis-blamed: The TV series often gets the blame for the cancellation of Farscape, which earned it a great deal of backlash. However, the series was actually picked up two months before the Sci-Fi Channel's decision to cancel Farscape (which at the time had a contractual obligation for a fifth season). In fact, Tremors was originally set to premiere in January 2002 (alongside the final half Farscape's fourth season), but was delayed to that summer months after Farscape concluded in March due to special effects delays.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Anybody else feel this way after hearing Burt recount his first encounter with Shriekers?
    Burt: Well, I dropped the first wave with semi-auto fire, but they just kept coming. Sheer luck most of them were in front of the truck, so I just popped it into six-wheel and ran 'em down. The ones that got on board I handled with a combination of small-arms fire and hand-to-hand techniques.
    • Not really - in fact, this troper considers Burt's exposition account as a Crowning Moment of Awesome, since part of the effectiveness of that scene was that we really didn't know what happened to Burt until that point, proving just how freakin' badass he is to have survived.
      • That, and shooting a scene that awesome would've been impossible.
      • Though it would have been interesting to see exactly how one uses "hand-to hand techniques" against shriekers.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Nancy Sterngood is played by Charolette Stewart for the first and third films, and by Marcia Strassman for the T.V. series.
    • Mindy Sterngood is played by Ariana Richards for the first and third films, and by Tinsley Grimes fro the T.V. series.
    • Jodi Chan is played by Susan Chuang for Tremors 3, and Lela Lee for the T.V. series.
  • The Scrappy: Melvin and Grady, both in and out of universe.
  • Sequelitis: An interesting case. The first movie was basically a semi-Black Comedy with Kevin Bacon. Not having to pay Bacon's salary meant the second could afford lots more Stuff Blowing Up. The third is notable for reassembling the entire (surviving) supporting cast of the first, with no characters Put on a Bus.
    • Each movie has its own style. The first two are (relatively) serious monster movies with a healthy dose of comedy, the third puts more focus on comedy than seriousness, and the fourth is more serious than the first two with very little comedy.
  • Special Effects Failure: Happened a lot in the series and the later movies. Primarily the third and fourth, largely due to lower budgets and/or increased use of Conspicuous CG.
    • Slightly averted with the second film, which only used (mostly decent) CGI for more active moments with the Shriekers, using animatronics otherwise.