Trailer For Shelved TREMORS Pilot Unearthed
As a Blockbuster Kid, I grew up on Tremors. I remember specifically wanting a Tremors hanging mobile that was in my local Mom and Pop Video Store in West, Texas. The TV edit, with all the expletives replaced with incoherent jumbles of words, was endlessly quotable in my house. While the quality of the subsequent films and short lived TV show aside, the franchise will always hold a soft spot for millenial horror fans.
So when the news came out that Kevin Bacon, who always derided his time in Perfection, had come to the light and was making a Tremors TV series our interests were piqued. Which made the shelving of the pilot that much more heartbreaking.
But luckily nothing is really ever gone. Not with the Internet. Cue two hours ago:
Why did it have to look so good? Whyyyy?
If it was going to be another mess of a show I would have been fine with the show not getting the series order. But LOOK AT THAT?! First and foremost, they take a note from Blumhouse (Halloween) and Blomkamp (Aliens) and set their sequel in a world where the previous sequels never occurred. It's gorgeously shot, clever usage of other scores to be emblematic of what their plans were (who DOESN'T get goosebumps with Disasterpieces' It Follows?!), and just straight up grizzled Bacon bein' Bacon. Hell, they even redesigned the Graboid (it reaks of "Mongolian Death Worm" but it appears at least like they went back to the Nermatology Textbooks) and I DON'T CARE.
But really the star of this trailer is the scene where a woman comes across a car that has clearly been dragged into the dirty by a Graboid. She gingerly approaches only to see a sign that says "STOP TALKING!". Then we get some gruesome Graboid goodness. This is where I have a hard time understanding why SyFy, the network that gave Joe Rogan his own show about Bigfoot, couldn't even order a season of Bacon's Tremors.
You can't tell me a person doesn't see this trailer and think, before the Tremors logo appears, "Oh shit! A Quiet Place TV show!" The difference are vast, but the similarities are uncanny and as unscrupulous as advertising can be, it's difficult to deny the potential marketability of the association between the franchise and this huge phenomenon of a film.