SEEKING PERFECTION: THE UNOFFICIAL GUIDE TO TREMORS

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Back in the heady days of the early ‘90s, Tremors seemed to be in heavy rotation as the Saturday movie on BBC One. Part Jaws, part ‘50s sci-fi B-movie, Tremors is a cult classic with a legion of fans the world over. Given its cult status, it’s surprising there hasn’t been any books written about Tremors in the 25 years since it was first unleashed on the world. That is until this one of course.

Beginning life as an article for SFX Magazine, Jonathan Melville’s Seeking Perfection takes an in-depth look at the making of the original Tremors movie from its inception to its release. The book gives 5 of its chapters to the film, using interviews with members of the cast and crew (including Kevin Bacon), a couple of photos and some storyboards.

The rest of the book looks at the subsequent movies (including a chapter looking at the road to Tremors 5 – which should be released later this year) and the TV series. The book gives a chapter to each, with the TV series getting a full episode guide, with a commentary for each episode.

The book is largely text, with (very) occasional pictures dotted throughout. It would’ve been nice to have seen the book presented as a hardback coffee table book full of pictures from the film shoots instead of a paperback with a few black and white photos printed onto the text pages, but – much like the films themselves - it’s a nicely put together package, with a fun pulpy look and feel.

What comes across most from the book is the fondness that everyone involved has for the franchise, especially Michal Gross (who also provides a wonderful foreword to the book). It’s also clear from reading the book that Melville is a fan with a passionate enthusiasm for the films, which goes a long way over in making the book informative, entertaining and, above all, a joy to read.

SEEKING PERFECTION: THE UNOFFICIAL GUIDE TO TREMORS / JONATHAN MELVILLE / PUBSLISHER: FOUNTAINBRIDGE PRESS / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW

 

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in the heady days of the early ‘90s, Tremors seemed to be in heavy rotation as the Saturday movie on BBC One. Part Jaws, part ‘50s sci-fi B-movie, Tremors is a cult classic with a legion of fans the world over. Given its cult status, it’s surprising there hasn’t been any books written about Tremors in the 25 years since it was first unleashed on the world. That is until this one of course.

 

Beginning life as an article for SFX Magazine, Jonathan Melville’s Seeking Perfection takes an in-depth look at the making of the original Tremors movie from its inception to its release. The book gives 5 of its chapters to the film, using interviews with members of the cast and crew (including Kevin Bacon), a couple of photos and some storyboards.

 

The rest of the book looks at the subsequent movies (including a chapter looking at the road to Tremors 5 – which should be released later this year) and the TV series. The book gives a chapter to each, with the TV series getting a full episode guide, with a commentary for each episode.

 

The book is largely text, with (very) occasional pictures dotted throughout. It would’ve been nice to have seen the book presented as a hardback coffee table book full of pictures from the film shoots instead of a paperback with a few black and white photos printed onto the text pages, but – much like the films themselves - it’s a nicely put together package, with a fun pulpy look and feel.

 

What comes across most from the book is the fondness that everyone involved has for the franchise, especially Michal Gross (who also provides a wonderful foreword to the book). It’s also clear from reading the book that Melville is a fan with a passionate enthusiasm for the films, which goes a long way over in making the book informative, entertaining and, above all, a joy to read.

SEEKING PERFECTION: THE UNOFFICIAL GUIDE TO TREMORS / JONATHAN MELVILLE / PUBSLISHER: FOUNTAINBRIDGE PRESS / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW


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