Written by: TheResidentEvil
Ah yes, the movie we all love and hate to admit. Haha. In a small, out of the way town in Nevada we find a close-knit community. It's where everyone knows your name and everyone knows your problems. To be brief, these people are merely trying to make a life for themselves in Bum-Fu**ed-Egypt when out of the blue comes tremors through the ground and animals start disappearing. Soon members of the community that you get very little information on start disappearing and showing up dead (Yay for the guy on the power line tower!). We eventually find out that giant grub like creatures up to 20 feet long are scarfing down the inhabitants of this waste-away town. The characters are soon fighting for their life and wishing they were birds so they could fly rather than touch the ground. Oh, and of course, these worm conveniently find the conveniently placed road construction on the convenient single road out of town and conveniently end up blocking the road with rubble. Convenient convenient convenient...yes, it bothered me just a smidge!
Acting in this film was fairly decent, though i don't expect much from the guy that made me hate foot-loose...Kevin Bacon...and seeing his manhood in Wild Things truly did nothing to make me like him more. I praise the lead actress Finn Carter for not giving the gag-o-rrific damsel in distress M.O. I also loved Reba's gun toting, kick some ass personality. The teenager, who shall remain nameless because i despise him, is your typical stereotype, gung-hoe, live forever idiot that ends up sobbing like a 5 year old because a grub tries to eat him. Damn it all for Bacon saving him (oops, did i ruin it, or did you already see that one coming?). Fred Ward and his character Earl who happens to be an ex-military nut-case made me want to throw my t.v. to the flower and let a graboid take it (btw, that's what they are called). He was another stereotype character...
The FX and cinematography was well done for 1990 (I was 4 at that time!). The grubs were grotesque and frightening at the same time. It seemed so real, for years I slept on the basement level of my house terrified that grubs were going to come through my wall and snatch me off my bed! I still can't sleep on the first floor!
I don't recall much from the soundtrack, supposing there wasn't much to have in the first place. I have great disdain for most music done before 1995 for some sad and pathetic reason. The music doesn't really distract from the film, but it almost seemed in certain areas to be a cheap way of trying increase the lame jokes that pollute the film.
Though i tear this film apart with sarcasm and colorful words, it is a genuinely good film to rent, or even own if you can get it for less than 5 dollars. Get it from netflix first and see what you think. Enjoy.