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5 Reasons to Watch IFC’s Tremors Tuesday

Catch an all day Tremors marathon Tuesday, April 19th on IFC.

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Photo Credit: Universal/Everett Collection

Movies rarely come as fun, silly, and sincere as Tremors. At first blush, a schlocky flick about sightless subterranean tentacle worms seems like perfect fodder for Mystery Science Theater 3000. But Tremors is smarter, funnier, and far better executed than your typical Sharknado or Carnosaur.

With uninhibited acting, throwback special effects, and crowd-pleasing action, here are 5 reasons to tune into IFC this Tuesday, April 18th for an all-day Tremors movie marathon.

1. It’s a love letter to old-school special effects.

Tremors Worm
Universal Pictures

Released in 1990, the original Tremors came out a few years before filmmakers could rely on CGI to create movie monsters. (See Anaconda, Deep Blue Sea, or any mid-’90s creature feature.) Thankfully, director Ron Underwood and his team opted for rubber models and practical effects for the “Graboids” to achieve the throwback look to the type of flick you’d see at a 1950s drive-in.

2. Kevin Bacon is exuberance personified.

Kevin Bacon
Universal Pictures

The man who is seven degrees away from everyone in Hollywood, Kevin Bacon is no slouch when it comes to acting. But it’s his commitment to the role of Nevada handyman Valentine “Val” McKee that makes Tremors work. There’s no ironic wink in his performance or even the slightest hint that he’s above this fun, silly movie. Put simply, there are giant, subterranean, man-eating worms, somebody has to do something about it, and Bacon leads with gusto.

3. The sensitive dad from Family Ties is an unhinged gun nut.

Michael Gross
Universal Pictures

To say Michael Gross’ Burt Gummer is a far cry from his role as soft-spoken liberal Steven Keaton in Family Ties would be an understatement. (A Gross understatement?) While Bacon can be credited for committing to a role, Gross should be honored for taking a big sloppy bite out of his. With an artillery stockpile to rival most militias — and an explosive rage as its hair trigger — Burt is the perfect foil for a mutant antagonist just as crazy as him.

4. The Graboids keep their prey on their toes… literally.

Tremors Pogo
Universal Pictures

By themselves, these underground terrors are the quintessential movie monster baddies: ferocious, relentless, quick-to-learn, and possessing keen senses with one or two exploitable weaknesses. But it’s their sensitivity to impact vibrations above ground that makes every plot point (and footfall) that much more suspenseful and crucial. Viewers can’t help but hold their breath and slow their gestures along with the characters on screen.

5. The triumph of the kill is a sure-fire audience-pleaser.

Tremors Graboid
Universal Pictures

With only a handful of creatures, the threat isn’t complicated by an overwhelming swarm. Each kill contains more emotional resonance than if there were hundreds of worms being slaughtered every minute. (See Starship Troopers.) And for every Graboid’s shrieking, gut-gushing end, it’s a stand-up-and-cheer moment for both the actors and the audience.

“Grab” some snacks and tune in to IFC’s Tremors Tuesday!


Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…