Tremors 3: Back to Perfection

Tremors 3: Back to Perfection was the last of the series I watched as soon as I could. When I first watched it I just couldn’t get into it and among other things how ridiculous the name of the new graboid evolutionary step is. I’m honestly pretty glad that I came back around to watching the series, because Back to Perfection is a lot more fun than I remember it being. It’s less goofy than the previous one but its still a whole hell of a lotta fun. This doesn’t quite have the same feel as the previous two movies though.

Brent Maddock was the director for Back to Perfection with John Whelpley taking over the writing duties. I wasn’t aware of what all Whelpley had written before looking him up but he has an extensive background in TV, which makes sense. This feels like it could work as a pilot for a series and there would be a series based on the series a few years after this came out. Maddock working as director helped give it a somewhat similar feel to the first movie. I also feel like he was able to keep the returning characters consistent.

Michael Gross returns from the previous movies but Charlotte Stewart, Ariana Richards, Tony Genaro, and Robert Jayne also return. Most of the surviving townsfolk from Tremors return with the exception of Val and Earl. Susan Chuang and Shawn Christian are new characters and the source of the prerequisite romance for the movie. Gross gets to play Burt as the main character and is a slightly more serious version of the character he had evolved into in the previous movie.

Sadly, the effects in Back to Perfection are where the movie really flounders. There’s an overreliance on less than spectacular CG. The graboids and ass-blasters look like they’re too cartoony and look out of place. The practical effects in the movie are just as spectacular as the previous movies. I have to think that’s because of Amalgamated Dynamics returning for the movie. The music by Kevin Kiner is good but feels more generic than the scores from the previous movies. It feels like it doesn’t have as much character in it.

Tremors 3: Back to Perfection is a fun but flawed movie that you should watch if you’re a fan of the series or just monster movies in general. I know that the next movie is a prequel and after that I’m stepping into uncharted territory for me. You can stream this movie on the Starz app. I give Tremors 3: Back to Perfection 7.5 explosive remote-controlled cars out of 10.

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