Yes, all the Tremors posters are embarrassing. Here’s what happened. We convinced Universal’s marketing department that they should not show a Graboid on the poster because the movie had a really good surprise — the first-time audience really does think the monsters are the tentacles, the “snake things,” so the real Graboids are shocking when first revealed. Universal was not happy with that, but went along with it. Much to our horror, then, they came up with what you see, a tentacle made to look gigantic and with goofy shark teeth. The whole crew, especially the creature effects guys, was disappointed. But it became history. And it just kept getting worse with each movie, until you end up with the extra-bizarre critter on the boxed set of Tremors TV series, which even has an eye! And yes, our guess is the original was inspired by Jaws, though nobody ever admitted it.
Were we inspired by Jaws? Not exactly (even though early story outlines of Tremors were called “Land Shark”). We were inspired by 50s monster movies we loved as kids. Jaws is really a spin on those same movies, so you might say we all had the same inspiration.
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