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Whole Lotta Shakin'

5 Reasons to Watch IFC’s Tremors Tuesday

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

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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.

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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!

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Home Run

Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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