Residents of an isolated Arizona town defend themselves against
strange underground creatures that are killing them one by one.
Directed by Ron Underwood
Written by S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock
Starring Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Michael Gross,
Finn Carter, Reba McEntire, Victor Wong
The first time I saw this was on my weekly ritual trips to the video store with my Mom. Friday nights meant a trip to rent two or three flicks for the weekend. I always made a beeline to the horror section and grazed over the covers to find my latest selection. Anyone old enough to remember this experience knows how agonizing the choice could be. It was always a crapshoot and that's how I ended up convincing my Mom to rent this for me.
Val and Earl (Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward respectively) are the local handymen for the denizens of Perfection, Arizona who decided to leave for a better life a day too late. This is has become a classic for me in the pantheon of monster movies and spawned more sequels than it should have. There is a cast of surprisingly popular actors like Michael Gross and country singer Reba McEntire as gun-loving couple Burt and Heather Gummer. Gross in fact is the only actor to have featured in all six films in the franchise. I remembered him as the dad in Family Ties because I'm old and saw him there first.
This is a great gateway horror flick as it's not overly gory, more gross, and the most graphic violence happens to the monsters instead of the people. That's not to say they are spared but more of the grizzly stuff happens offscreen. I watched a lot of horror movies with my Mom and I treasure moments like this because I get to do the same with my kids. All six movies are currently on Netflix so why not get comfy with your couch for the weekend and hang with some graboids.