Happy Birthday Kevin Bacon!
In honor of the star famed for six-degree ubiquity…
Monster-of-the-Week: …this time around let’s honor Stumpy, the most recognizable of the “Graboids,” the predatory subterranean terrors from 1990’s Tremors.
Graboids are giant wormy creatures who can tunnel through the desert at alarming speeds a few inches below the surface, like Bugs Bunny. They’re equipped with awful beaky maws &, as the name implies, grabby tentacle-like appendages, with which they can yank unsuspecting people—their favorite snack—under the sand.
Stumpy—so dubbed because he (she?) lost a grabber in the course of the story—& pals lay siege to the hapless residents of Perfection, Nevada, & it’s up to Bacon & Fred Ward, as two scruffy handymen, along with cute seismologist Finn Carter & husband-&-wife survivalists Reba McEntire & Michael Gross, to do battle with the ghastly desert landscapers.
This lighthearted chiller, by the way, is The Wife’s favorite monster movie. I like it too; if you've never seen Ron Underwood’s goofy yet occasionally creepy picture, which spawned a number of sequels & a TV show, I recommend.