Tremors 2; Aftershocks came out at the perfect time for me. I remember playing Tremors on the playground growing up and Aftershocks changed everything about it. I remember how big a deal it was because those unlucky enough to have to play graboids would get to have more to do. That’s one of the many ways that this movie quickly wormed its way into my life at the time. When it came out I remember renting it almost religiously when it came out, mostly because of the frequency that the first Tremors was being played at the time. Both of those factors are why I didn’t know the first movie was a bomb.
Both Brent Maddock and S.S. Wilson return as writers with Wilson also taking on directing duties. With both Maddock and Wilson returning as writers this has the similar tone and feel as the first movie. This has even more comedic moments than the first, but that comes from the writers having a better feel for the characters and their relationships. Wilson also has an eye for action and how to mix monster-based horror with comedy.
Both Fred Ward and Michael Gross return and are as fun as ever. Gross gets to have more fun in this than in the first movie with him being more of a central character in this movie. They’re supported by Christopher Gartin, Helen Shaver, and Marcelo Tubert. Tubert only being in the movie for a short time. Both Gartin and Shaver get to share a lot of screen time with Ward specifically.
Amalgamated Dynamics were back in Aftershocks doing the creature FX. They not only got to make more graboids but the new shrieker creatures that were introduced in the movie. Tippett Studio did the CG versions of shriekers in the movie, which look similar to the bugs in Starship Troopers, which makes sense because they both were done by Tippett Studios. Jay Ferguson did the music for the movie but knowing that he made The Office theme is a fun fact.
Tremors 2: Aftershocks is an incredibly fun sequel that you can watch as a double feature with the first movie. The movie after this was the last Tremors movie that I watched as it came out. This might very well be the last good Tremors movie, but I could always be pleasantly surprised. You can stream Tremors 2: Aftershocks on Starz. I give Tremors 2: Aftershocks 9 explosive remote controlled cars out of 10.