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Tremors Miniature Graboid 25th Anniversary

Part 1

It’s been 25 years since TREMORS was released in theatres. In that time, it found its audience, spawned three sequels and a television series… all from a little monster movie that was not even considered a success back in 1990.

Part 2

Seemingly creatures unto themselves for the first act of TREMORS, the snake-like graboid “tongues” were mostly independent puppets for much of the filming. Looking like heavy duty vacuum hoses under their foam latex skin, the tongues were cable operated and used extensively throughout the film. Co-writer S.S. Wilson and director Ron Underwood even helped out on the reverse photography tests!

Part 3

The 25th anniversary of TREMORS continues. Part 3 features the work put into fabricating the full-size graboids–from early movement tests to final paint. You’ll dig it! Also be sure to check out http://creaturefeatures.com/ for information on the TREMORS 25TH ANNIVERSARY CAST & CREW

Part 4

Travel back to late spring of 1989 as Alec and Tom and the ADI set crew arrive in Lone Pine, California with the full-size graboids. In addition to getting the monsters ready, it didn’t take long for the shenanigans to begin. Check out http://creaturefeatures.com/ for information on TREMORS CAST & CREW REUNION

Part 5

Part 5 is a journey in stills featuring construction and filming of the smaller-scale graboids ADI built for TREMORS (not to mention a very special look back into the fashion of shorts)

Part 6

The last segment of the TREMORS 25th Anniversary series features the 1/4 scale miniature graboid in more detail–from mechanical skeleton construction to painting the foam latex skin and tests of the puppeteering controls, all leading to final photography.

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Graboid Design and Creation ADI

Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. (http://www.studioadi.com) designed and created “graboids” for the 1989 cult classic TREMORS. This video chronicles the fabrication and puppetry on set.

 

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Tremors Movie Trailer

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The Idea Behind Tremors

S.S. Wilson the co-writer of Tremors tells the story of how he came up with the idea for the film Tremors.

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Graboid Tentacle Test

Early Graboid tentacle test. S.S. Wilson takes a grab to the face. Ouch!

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Early Graboid Tentacle Test

This is a test of the articulated puppet mechanism which would eventually be used on set as a Tremors Graboid tentacle.  Yes, this test scene is shot in reverse.

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Early Graboid Tentacle Test – Over Wall and Feel Around

This is a test of the articulated puppet mechanism which would eventually be used on set as a Tremors Graboid tentacle. This is perhaps the most ambitious of the early tests requiring multiple puppeteers to operate the tentacle for this complex series of motions.

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Early Graboid Tentacle Test – Feel the Wall

This is a test of the articulated puppet mechanism which would eventually be used on set as a Tremors Graboid tentacle.

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Early Graboid Tentacle Test – Basic Squirm

This is a test of the articulated puppet mechanism which would eventually be used on set as a Tremors Graboid tentacle.

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