- Base-Breaking Character: Travis Welker, Burts tag along partner is quite divisive amongst fans. Some saw him as one of the most annoying characters in the series after Grady with cringe inducing one liners that disrupt the tone of the film and an overall obnoxious attitude. Other thought he was a great opposite to Burts more short tempered and serious minded personality who not only lightened the mood but also proved he could fight back against the Graboids. The reveal that hes Burts son only added more fuel to the fire.
- Broken Base: Some liked the new idea of introducing a whole new species to the Graboid family, the implication being the animals we've been seeing so far are the prehistoric versions and the new African specimens are the modern species. Others greatly disliked it, especially the newly designed Assblaster barely resembling its older incarnation.
- Cry for the Devil: Some audience members found themselves feeling sorry for the Graboids when the heroes destroy their nest and use their last egg as bait to kill the final Queen, who was just trying to protect her offspring.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Nandi, her daughter Amahle and Baruti are actually well liked and seen as a great supporting characters to Burt and Travis.
- Fridge Brilliance:
- Burt is referred to as a MONSTER hunter, not a GRABOID hunter, why? He's had to deal with the Mixmaster mutations as well.
- The African Graboids types having toothy maws instead of just mandibles like the American subspecies. Why? There's a lot more things in Africa capable of FIGHTING BACK than in the areas of the states they live in, so they need to have better killing power than their American counterparts.
- Fridge Logic: An unfortunate case with the African tribal dance honoring the Graboids and Assblasters. See, the dance involves a lot of drumming and synchronized, rhythmic stamping on the ground... which, as you should know by this point, is guaranteed to draw in every hungry Graboid for miles around. And the African Graboid is capable of boring through rock, so there's no such thing as a "safe place". So, the fact such a dance exists makes absolutely no sense whatsoever; any tribe foolish enough to try and develop such traditions should have been wiped out by hungry Graboids!
- Unless their ancestors devised the dance ritual as bait to lure Graboids into fatal traps, perhaps along the lines of what Tecopa improvised in the fourth film.
- Funny Moments: The entire scene with Burt in the cage.
- Genius Bonus: Why are the Graboids in just Nevada and South Africa? Because, once upon a time, both locations were adjacent in the ancient continent of Columbia.
- There have also been Graboids in Mexico and Argentina however, so it's possible that they're everywhere, since they would have been around when Pangaea was a thing.
- Moment of Awesome: Burt's first African Assblaster kill. He picks up a victim's weapon and throws it straight into it's head, killing it instantly. The local who'd been berating him the entire time promptly compares him to Rambo.
- Only the Creator Does It Right: Downplayed as it has received generally positive reactions from the majority of the fanbase, but theres been at least a few accounts of some fans discrediting the film altogether solely for not being done by the original creators at Stampede Entertainment.
- Squick: Burt having to resort to using his urine to survive while in the cage.
- Although it segues right into Funny Moments with Michael Gross's delivery of:"Definitely an acquired taste."
- Although it segues right into Funny Moments with Michael Gross's delivery of:
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Many consider the design of the African graboids and ass blasters to be inferior to the original. The ass blasters neither resemble the original design nor their original graboid forms and come off as some kind of different monster entirely. The graboid, while the effects are impressive looking, look more or less like a generic giant underground worm.
- Visual Effects of Awesome: Opinions on the new creature designs aside, one thing fans have agreed on is that the CGI effects are incredible given its a direct to video film, as well as the series track record of less than stellar CG work in the past.
YMMV / Tremors 5: Bloodlines