Book Review | Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors

Book Review | Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors

Tremors is a cult film that is loved the world over and this year celebrates a 25th anniversary. A new book by Jonathan Melville, ‘Seeking Perfection’, explores the behind the scenes story.

Writers Brent Maddock and S. S. Wilson had their first hit in Hollywood having written and sold their script for the film ‘Short Circuit’. When released in 1986, the film would go on to become a big success.

They were asked by their agent if there was anything else they had. Looking back into his past, Wilson remembered that whilst going on a hike in the Rocky Mountains and climbing over boulders, he thought,

“What if something was under the ground and I couldn’t get off this rock?”

He took that idea and with Maddock developed it into a script that would become ‘Tremors’, a film starring Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward and Finn Carter.

Despite not exactly breaking box office figures alight (Universal couldn’t decide whether to market the film as horror or comedy), the film went on to become a great success on home video.

When Universal Home Video decided to start making straight to DVD feature films, Tremors was on the list and in 1996 we saw ‘Tremors II: Aftershocks’. This was later followed by ‘Tremors 3: Back To Perfection’ and finally ‘Tremors 4: The Legend Begins’. If that wasn’t enough a new film is to be released later in 2015 entitled, ‘Tremors 5: Bloodlines’.

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There was also a short lived, thirteen episode television series that premiered on the Syfy Channel, or Sci-Fi as it was then spelt, in 2003.

Whilst fans have been able to watch the films, there has been little in the way of merchandise or reference material except for interviews with the major players and what little behind the scenes information the DVDs have contained.

Author Jonathan Melville has stepped in and after several years has compiled the book, ‘Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors’.

Johnathan has conducted over fifty interviews with practically everyone from the original Tremors film including Kevin Bacon. You’ll also find interviews with other actors, actresses and the people behind the camera of all four films, including the television series, to bring us a wealth of new information on how this much loved franchise of films has come to be.

There is also an episode guide for the Tremors television series that features commentary on each episode and the trials and tribulations of putting it on screen. The series wasn’t a happy production at times with the Sci-Fi Channel refusing to co-operate with the Tremors creators, Wilson and Maddock, causing many headaches and problems which resulted in its lone season run.

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Although it’s labelled as a guide, I would describe the book as a great story which I couldn’t put down and devoured in just a couple of days.

I don’t want to reveal any more information about the book as to not spoil it. If you’re a Tremors fan, then don’t miss out on this great book.

‘Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors’ is available as an ebook or physical copy . You can also purchase a signed copy directly from the author,  Jonathan Melville,  at the books official site.



John Abbitt

About the author | John Abbitt

@UKFilmNerd | John loves film, and he used to write for his own website, The Tydirium Hangar Bay, in the late 1990s. Whilst that website became lost in the passages of time, John's love of film did not. He's back, writing for The Unheard Nerd.

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