Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Tremors: Monster Hunters!
One of my favorite cult films of all time is “Tremors,” a 1990 Kevin Bacon movie about remote desert folk preyed upon by a monster. Not the usual 2-legged, 4-legged type. This one tunnels underground and can get you, almost no matter where you hide! This rag-tag group has to come together to find a way to survive as more and more of them are being picked off.
The movie is just one of those that you can see on a Saturday afternoon when you’re in the mood for something fun and easy to watch, but tense and laced with that “apocalyptic” feel. It satisfies action, tongue-in-cheek, apocalypse, SciFi, and horror moods. The characters are all interested and a wide mix of locals.
One, in particular, stands out: Burt Gummer.
The character of Burt Gummer was played by Michael Gross as a survivalist type who is ready to go after the monster with all his stockpiles of arms, grenades, Malakoff cocktails, anything! The character (showcased in the clip above) is my second favorite after my very favorite of all time; the crusty sea captain “Quint” from “Jaws.”
Early on in my “blogging career,” I ran into a name that caught my attention, “Gummerfan’s MonsterHunter HQ.” This blogger is one of the most interesting characters I’ve come along in the blog-o-sphere. He is not only a huge fan of the character of Burt Gummer and the survivalist attitude, but he’s part of round table group that contemplates what to do in case of vampire or zombie attacks. As well, he writes wonderfully interesting posts about cryptids like Bigfoot, legendary monsters like chupacabra, and paranormal legends about UFOs and weird creatures showing up together. He doesn’t just wonder, he’s really a monster hunter, hitting the road to check it out!
I’m excited whenever I find folks who are into something and give it their all! I can’t tell you in the suburbs how many heartless drones I’ve run into. I ask them, “what kind of hobbies do you do?” “None.” “Any interests?” “Nope.” “What do you do in you spare time?” “I like Desperate Housewives.” Hmm…. How do people live without passions? Interests? Curiosity? Knowledge seeking? Crafts? Travel? Intrigue? Well, you won’t find a mindless un-opinionated drone on Gummerfan’s site.
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