Tremors 3: Back to Perfection
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
After wiping out the "Graboids" (aka the big Worm Monsters) in Argentina, Burt Gummer (Gross, the "Family Ties" dad) returns to Perfection Nevada to find that the Graboids are back in his hometown.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Nope. The cute gags and semi-clever dialogue get you through the uneven pace of the film, as it shifts into overdrive, then a dead stop, time and time again. What I consider the best part of direct-to-video flicks is spotting the obvious times when they had to cut corners thanks to the limited budget. This is obvious many times during the course of this movie, where sounds and broken doors are supposed to symbolize where an attack is occurring or should have been. It's these moments in the movie where you can snicker and feel a bit elitist, thinking "Man, I could do that."
The original was so good because the effects were seamless, and this one is so campy because they're not. Some of the Graboid effects are just laughably bad here, but I guess that's to be expected. Otherwise, it's a lot of plastic and orange blood (can't be red for the PG-rating of course), splattered everywhere and on everything for the most camp for your buck. The plot then goes through the motions of getting characters in tight, claustraphobic places (such as a Port-O-Potty) then getting them out, then blowing up the monster that was chasing them. Rinse, wash, repeat. A bit repetitive for my taste, but if you're into this "franchise" or like campy direct-to-video fare, this one might be right up your alley.
The only extra included, other than your basic Production Notes and Trailer, is the 15-minute "Spotlight On Location". Apart from the usual fluff, it does provide some decent insight into making a very tight budget flick (shot in only 22 days) look like it was made for much more. The usual interviews are here, praising everyone and assuring that nothing went wrong.
What's most interesting here is the strange undercurrent of tension that seems to come from all the interviewees. They hint a few times at the uncomfortable shooting schedule, the pressure, and the budget many times. I can just imagine all the dirt that was left out of this fluff-fest.
If you're into TV-ish type drama, comedy and suspense, you might enjoy the movie more than I did. The corny characters and un-funny one-liners get a little old after awhile and I think I've had my share. It's direct to video for a reason folks. The shoddy directing, the ugly cinematography, the acting that ranges from decent to just plain uncomfortable, the script that is...well, when the credits list three people--including one of the producers-- as "story contributors", you can just imagine what you're in for. If this sounds like your cup of tea, check it out. Suggested for rental by die-hards, everyone else could live without it.