Tremors II: Aftershocks takes us us a few years later after the first Tremors movie. Val has moved on, and Earl Bassett (Fred Ward) is back in Perfection Valley trying to make a living from raising ostriches, after squandering his cash earned from his celebrity status as a graboid-hunter goes kaput. A new “graboid” situation arises in the Chiapas region of Mexico. Earl meets with Grady Cooper (Christopher Gartin), and avid fan of his work, and Señor Ortega (Marcelo Tubert), a representative of the Petromaya Oil Company. A new batch of graboid has been terrorizing the area near the oil refinery, and Petromaya turns to Earl for help after Val has turned them down. The offer for the money and resources is too good to turn down, and after much begging, Grady becomes Earl’s new partner.
The hunters go down to Chiapas, and assess the situation. There they meet with geologist Kate ‘White’ Reilly (Helen Shaver), her assistant, Julio (Marco Hernandez), and Petromaya’s chief engineer, Pedro (José Ramón Rosario). They have access to whatever the Mexican Army will give them in the way of guns and explosives, but they use remote control cars, dynamite, and detonators as their main weapons. We see a montage of graboid hunting to the tune of T-R-O-U-B-L-E by Travis Tritt, which can’t be much more perfect of a graboid-hunting song, Grady and Earl go through much dynamite and many graboid-flesh deflecting parasols, the know the odds are against them, and call in for reinforcements. They bring in the one man who hates graboids more than anybody, Burt Gummer (Micheal Gross).
Burt’s own life has become stale. Heather has left him, and since the end of the Cold War, his survivalist lifestyle seems to be a thing of the past, but he can’t let go. This one call from Earl indicating a “graboid situation” in Mexico is just what he needs to get out of his slump. Bert arrives in a day or so with a truck filled with all kinds of explosives, guns, and some other weapons that he knows will get the job done. He admonishes Earl for not using the resources he as access to, but soon the worms are back, and hunting continues. Kate makes a discovery that the graboids have been living in the North American deserts since the Pre-Cambrian period, and might have been here since protozoans popped from the Primordial Soup.
Now is the time for the graboids to evolve again, and this time they have become what the team calls “Shriekers”. They no longer are giant worms, but dog-sized creatures that hunt by infrared, and in packs. They also reproduce asexually after taking in food. They are just as intelligent as the graboids when it comes to figuring things out, and it will take many more explosives, and more deaths before Earl, Burt, Kate, and Grady figure out how to beat these little monsters at their own game.
Tremors II : Aftershocks came out directly to video back in 1996, and was a setup for two more movies and a Sci-Fi TV show that lasted only one season,but was pure fun and had a few good scares along the way. The characters are rustic, down to earth, and some are even sexy, in their own way. If you want a good scare of a monster movie without too much gore, but with lots of explosions, then Tremors II : Aftershocks is what you should watch as soon as you can.
I give this film a Musing review of