Tremors 5: Bloodlines Blu-ray Review

Actors: Jamie Kennedy, Pearl Thusi, Brandon Auret, Ian Roberts, Natalie Becker
  • Director: Don Michael Paul
  • Writers: Woodrow Truesmith, M.A. Deuce, John Whelpley
  • Producer: Ogden Gavanski
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Italian (DTS 5.1), German (DTS 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Thai (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Portuguese, Cantonese, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Swedish, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • Release Date: October 6, 2015
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: May 2, 2016



            There is a difference between a good film and a fun film, and it is possible to be one without the other (explaining the success of movies like Sharknado). I expected the direct-to-home fifth installment of Tremors to be fun, with no anticipation of quality filmmaking. Perhaps it helped that I went into Tremors 5: Bloodline with such low expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised at equal balance of quality and campy fun.


            Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) has been the only character to appear in all of the films in the franchise, and he returns to battle the giant worms and their subsequent added variations, this time discovered in South Africa. Taking along a war veteran videographer named Travis Welker (Jamie Kennedy), Gummer plans to film an attempt to capture one of the Assblaster monsters and ends up battling against a new South African variety of Graboids. These ones are larger, faster and occasionally pop right out of the dirt, like whales out of water. 


            The plot is minimal and that is the best approach for this material; the less time spent in-between scenes with the monsters the better. All that truly matters is that the creatures want to eat the humans and they are attracted to vibrations in the ground. The simplicity of this concept was what made the original film so great, and even with the added bells and whistles of the added creatures and sub-plots, Tremors 5 retains the same spirit.


            The campiness of the film comes in part from the performances, which are just goofy enough to add brevity without coming off as amateurish. There is some sub-par acting in the minor roles, but most of the performers are at least adequate. This paired with surprisingly convincing special effects for the creatures makes Tremors 5 feel like much more than your average direct-to-video sequel.


            The Blu-ray combo pack release comes with a DVD and a Digital HD copy of the film. Bonus features include a handful of deleted and extended scenes, along with outtake footage. Aside from the extra footage, there is also a behind-the-scenes featurette.


    Entertainment Value: 6.5/10

    Quality of Filmmaking: 6/10

    Historical Significance:  4/10

    Special Features: 6/10

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