GenreAction, Comedy, Horror Duration CountryUnited States
WriterScott Buck, Brent Maddock, S. S. Wilson, Nancy Roberts Release dateJanuary 2, 2004 (2004-01-02) Based onCharacters:
S. S. Wilson
Ron Underwood Story byS. S. Wilson, Brent Maddock, Ron Underwood, Nancy Roberts, Scott Buck CastMichael Gross (Hiram Gummer), Sara Botsford (Christine Lord), Billy Drago (Black Hand Kelly), Brent Roam (Juan Pedilla), August Schellenberg (Tecopa), J.E. Freeman (Old Fred) Similar moviesTremors, Tremors II: Aftershocks, Tremors 3: Back to Perfection, The Fog, The Fog, The Last Stand
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Tremors 4 the legend begins trailer
Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (previously known as Tremors: Original Showdown and also known as Tremors 4 or Tremors: The Legend Begins) is a 2004 direct-to-video western monster film directed by S. S. Wilson and written by Brent Maddock, Nancy Roberts, and Wilson. It is the fourth film in the Tremors series of films and released on DVD on January 2, 2004. As a prequel to the earlier films and television series, it depicts the town of Rejection, which is the location that would later be renamed Perfection, the main setting for the first Tremors film. It stars Michael Gross as Hiram Gummer, the great grandfather of the character Burt Gummer, whom Gross portrayed in every other Tremors film.
In 1889, the inhabitants of Rejection (later Perfection) are completely dependent on the income from a nearby silver mine. One day, a hot spring causes graboid eggs to hatch, resulting in the death of 17 miners. Hiram Gummer, great-grandfather of Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) and the mine's owner, arrives in town to fix the problem. After graboids attack his camp one night, he is shocked by their presence. One of his companions, Juan, kills one with a pickax, and the pair escapes.
Inexperienced and not fond of firearms, Hiram calls for a gunfighter, Black Hand Kelly (Billy Drago). Hiram and Kelly do not get along well, though Kelly succeeds in conveying to Hiram some of his attitude towards firearms and life in general. Eventually, Kelly is eaten alive, but not before discovering that a total of four graboids have hatched. Hiram decides to abandon Rejection and leave the townsfolk to their fates. However, they force him to give them the silver mine, threatening to alert potential buyers to the danger if he sells it out from under them. In Carson City, Hiram receives a telegram revealing that the fully grown graboids have made it through the pass and are headed for the town. Changing his mind, he buys weapons, heads back to Rejection to lead a last stand against the graboids, and helps the town ready itself.
After two graboids are killed, the third one adapts and avoids all of the traps. Hiram tricks it into coming to the surface and then attaches it by the tail to the wheel of a steam traction engine. The graboid is reeled in and slammed against the wheel with such force that it is explosively decapitated on impact. With the creatures dead, the town decides to keep them secret out of fear that no one would settle in the area if their existence were known, and use the proceeds from the mine to pay for their belongings. Hiram settles in Rejection, building his home in the same place where his great-grandson Burt's would one day be. He is also given a Colt 1865 Gatling gun and begins target practice, enjoying it.
Michael Gross as Hiram Gummer
Sara Botsford as Christine Lord
Billy Drago as Black Hand Kelly
Brent Roam as Juan Padilla
August Schellenberg as Tecopa
J. E. Freeman as Old Fred
Ming Lo as Pyong Lien Chang
Lydia Look as Lu Wan Chang
Sam Ly as Fu Yien Chang
Neal Kopit as Víctor
Sean Moram as Western Union Clerk
Matthew Seth Wilson as Brick Walters
John Dixon as Big Horse Johnson
Dan Lemieux as Stony Walters
Don Ruffin as Soggy
Lou Carlucci as Mine Foreman
A browser game tie-in called Dirt Dragons was created to market the film. The game concept, development, and programming was done by the Stampede Entertainment webmaster Allan Krahl.