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Trying to escape their dead-end life in the desert town of Perfection, Nevada, Valentine "Val" McKee and Earl Bassett find themselves sidetracked when corpses mysteriously start piling up around them. When Val and Earl have a run-in with some creepy tentacled creatures that have made lunch out of a road crew, they retreat back to the town to spread the news. Although these monsters are not exactly intellectuals, their mental powers are still mind-boggling. Detecting a human hiding in a car, they dig under the vehicle, causing it to sink into the earth. Val and Earl get help from several townspeople. With the help of Rhonda, Val and Earl kill one of the monsters. But there are three of them left, and they are each about 30 feet long. Walter starts calling the monsters graboids. When the survivors think they have outwitted the graboids by taking refuge atop the roofs of buildings, the graboids merely destroy the buildings' foundations, killing two people. The graboids are quick learners when it comes to stalking their prey, and the humans must continually be on their toes if they are to stay alive while they try to find a way to defeat the graboids.
The monster movie that breaks new ground.
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Release Date: January 19, 1990
Runtime: 96 mins
All Genres: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Sound: Dolby SR
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Buried.com Rating: 8.2 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With T
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Kevin Bacon ...Valentine McKee
Fred Ward ...Earl Bassett
Finn Carter ...Rhonda LeBeck
Michael Gross ...Burt Gummer
Reba McEntire ...Heather Gummer
Robert Jayne ...Melvin Plug (as Bobby Jacoby)
Charlotte Stewart ...Nancy Sterngood
Tony Genaro ...Miguel
Ariana Richards ...Mindy Sterngood
Richard Marcus ...Nestor
Victor Wong ...Walter Chang
Sunshine Parker ...Edgar
Michael Dan Wagner ...Old Fred
Conrad Bachmann ...Dr. Jim
Bibi Besch ...Megan
John Goodwin ...Howard - Roadworker
John Pappas ...Carmine - Roadworker
Tom Woodruff Jr. ...Grabboid
Gale Anne Hurd
"YOU ARE THE ONE"
"IT'S A COWBOY LOVIN' NIGHT"
"DROP KICK ME JESUS"
"HEART OF A WORKING MAN"
"WHY NOT TONIGHT"
More Movie Taglines:
- The monster movie that breaks new ground.
- They say there's nothing new under the sun. But under the ground...
- The ultimate underground movie. It will leave you legless!
- Valentine McKee: I can't believe we said no to free beer!
Valentine McKee: Roger that Burt, and congratulations. Be advised, however, that there are two more, repeat, two more motherhumpers.
Earl Bassett: Is this a job for an intelligent man? Valentine McKee: Well, show me one and I'll ask him.
Earl Bassett: We gotta run. We've got a schedule to keep. Valentine McKee: Yeah. See, we plan ahead, that way we don't do anything right now. Earl explained it to me.
Valentine McKee: Earl explained it to me: we plan ahead, that way, we don't do anything right now.
- Michael Gross began filming one day after shooting the last episode of "Family Ties" (1982).
The "graboids" are very reminiscent of the giant worms in Dune (1984). Both are giant worms, live underground, live in the desert, have large mouths on the end, and respond to vibrations on the surface. Also, both films have the characters escaping the worms by retreating to rocks where they can't get attacked.
The license plate for Burt and Heather Gummer's vehicle reads, UZI 4U. The bumper sticker on their vehicle's right front bumper reads "Free Afghanistan".
Valentine's belt buckle is in the shape of a heart.
Originally, the monsters were supposed to be completely dry, not slimy. This was changed when it was remarked that the gloss paint effect made them look like they were covered in nail varnish.
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