Following a light-bulb moment at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2006, Matthew started making short films and documentaries that take characters and performers off-stage and into the medium of video. Matthew's work has been exhibited and programmed all over the world at venues and events including the Institute of Contemporary Art London, Flare London, MIX NYC, MIX Brazil, the De Bailie Amsterdam, the Chicago Modern Art Institute and the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre. Matthew lives in South London, stumbling distance from the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. This is handy, as this is where Matthew's love of alt cabaret and performance began.
Tremors: Making Perfection
In 1989, Universal Pictures greenlit a tiny budget film with an untested director, rubber monsters, shot outdoors in the freezing winds and baking sun of the desert. IT TANKED. That movie was called Tremors. 30 years later Universal have released the 7th movie in its franchise. WHY? Tremors: Making Perfection, which we had the pleasure to watch and review at Lisbon CineFest, explores the production, reception and enduring cult appeal of Tremors.
The film revisits the breath-taking locations for Tremors at the foot of Mount Whitney, California, and lift the lid on both the torturous production process and its dismal success at the box office. With new and exclusive interviews with Kevin Bacon, Michael Gross and all the key creators' technicians and execs involved in its production, this doc uncovers what the film ultimately means to the 'Tremors family'.
'Tremors' was initially released in 1990. Directed by Ron Underwood, it centres on the small isolated town of Perfection where strange things begin to occur. Come to find out, giant sandworms, known as 'Graboids', have started killing the townsfolk and their livestock. The few residents of the town wind up in a desperate fight for survival. The movie was, at very best, a modest financial success at the time of its release, earning just $16 million at the box office. There was no real reason to think this was the start of a franchise that would last three decades. But it found new life on home video and, slowly but surely, became a hit. So much so that it has led to a series of sequels that are still being churned out to this day.
None of the follow-ups was released theatrically. The first sequel, Tremors 2: Aftershocks, debuted in 1996. That was followed by Tremors 3: Back to Perfection in 2001, a 2004 prequel titled Tremors: The Legend Begins, 2015's Tremors: Bloodlines and 2018's Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell. Michael Gross' Burt Gummer has anchored all of the sequels to help keep the continuity intact. Gross will once again be back as the gun-toting Graboid killer in 'Tremors: Shrieker Island', which is set on digital and Blu-ray/DVD on October 20. A miniseries was also produced for the Sci-Fi Channel in 2003.
Kevin Bacon has yet to reprise his role as Valentine in any of the sequels. He did, however, return to shoot a pilot for a new TV show that would have aired on SyFy. Unfortunately, the network opted not to pick up the series for reasons that remain unclear, and the pilot never made it to air. So, unfortunately, we may not be going back to Perfection to catch up with Valentine anytime soon.