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TREMORS 3: BACK TO PERFECTION (2001, 103 minutes): With both Val and Earl now enjoying romantic fulfillment, the stage is set for Burt to reunite with his one true love -- firepower. He starts the sequel off with an earth-shaking display of military might, as he mans twin .50 caliber machine guns and hamburgers a stampede of Shriekers in South America. Then it's back to Perfection and his home sweet compound atop a ridge and surrounded by a newly poured concrete beastie barrier. Eleven years after the first film, the sleepy valley has been completely given over to thrill-seeking tourists anxious to experience worm mania first hand. There's a new Chang in town (Susan Chuang) selling souvenirs out of the grocery, but what's more interesting is this fella (Shawn Christian) who takes folks out on Graboid safaris, complete with a phony attack that strands them on a rock in the hot sun. Fortunately, he can offer the tour beverages for a nominal fee. Burt is disgusted by Jack and his sleazy opportunistic dealings, but when REAL beasties return to the valley, they're forced to work together to fend off a NEW and highly explosive twist of evolution. Oddly, the screenwriters employ two allusions to seafaring literature, the most obvious being that Burt is stalked throughout the desert by an enormous WHITE worm. CineSchlockers will appreciate the return of stars from the original including Charlotte Stewart as Mrs. Sterngood (Mindy's mom) and Tony Genaro as the loveable Miguel. Alas, Miguel, we hardly knew ye.
Notables: No breasts. Five corpses. Truckload O' chickens. Tiny hula girl. Gratuitous government goons. Chainsaw resurrection. Zenish quips. Multiple explosions.
Quotables: Burt's still paranoid, "You put in a barcode reader?! They can use that to build a profile on all my purchases! Next they'll want a sample of my DNA!" Psycho babble doesn't go far around here, "I think if I had an inner voice, it'd be telling me to tell you to get lost!" Burt barks, "Is your head up your ass for WARMTH!?!"
Time codes: First sign of trouble (4:08). Sign welcomes fans back to Perfection (6:05). Behold, Mindy is all grow'd up (16:25). First graboid appears (22:00). Jonah, er, Burt and the Whale (43:28). Naming the latest carnivorous critter (1:06:45).
G. Noel Gross is a Dallas graphic designer and avowed Drive-In Mutant who specializes in scribbling B-movie reviews. Noel is inspired by Joe Bob Briggs and his gospel of blood, breasts and beasts.