Going into Tremors: Shrieker Island I knew that it was the last one that they had made. That being said it feels like the final one, like no more will be made. That wasn’t what I was thinking when I started it, but it has a much different feel than any of the movies. It also doesn’t get to Burt Gummer as quickly as the other movies, especially when he took over the franchise. The first act feels the most like a horror movie out of the entire franchise.
Don Michael Paul returns as director as well as cowriting the movie. Brian Brightly cowrote the movie with Paul. I’ve not seen anything that Brightly has done, and it doesn’t really look like he makes the kind of stuff that I would enjoy. The duo made a movie that feels so incredibly different than any of the other movies in the franchise. It does do things that make it fit into the rest of the franchise but only in the loosest sense.
Michael Gross is once again back and is still the only person in all of the movies in the franchise. Jon Heder, Jackie Cruz, Richard Brake, Caroline Langrishe, and Cassie Clare also star. Heder takes up the role that Jamie Kennedy had in the previous two movies. Richard Brake gets to be the franchise’s first human antagonist. I think its hard to go wrong with having Brake be an antagonist in a movie. Cruz, Langrishe, and Clare all get to play badass women that are just as helpful as Burt. Gross offers a different Burt than was in the previous movies, more wary and wanting to be left alone.
Shrieker Island finally has the new designs for Shriekers after being left out of the previous two movies. The new design fits in with the rest of the designs from the new movies. I also believe that this is also the first movie that features a queen graboid, which doesn’t seem to look any different aside from being larger. I don’t think that any of the monsters were practical effects, but the guts for them were. Frederik Wiedmann did the music for the movie and it fits in with the different feel of the movie.
Tremors: Shrieker Island feels like a sendoff to a fun franchise. This really feels like it will be the final one with it ending the way it did. There’s a finality to it that makes it feel like a good way for it to end. It should end after this because it feels like the proper way to end Burt’s story, which I guess is a spoiler, and unless another legacy character comes back, I think it should be done. You can stream Tremors: Shrieker Island on Netflix. I give Tremors: Shrieker Island 7.5 Chicago Cubs hat out of 10.