Blu-ray Review: Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell

Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell
Directed by: Don Michael Paul
Written by: John Whelpley
Starring: Jamie Kennedy, Michael Gross, Jamie-Lee Money

Review by Stephanie Cooke

Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell is the sixth in the movie franchise. If the first thing that’s on your mind is Umm there’s a Tremors 6? then know that you’re not alone in that. And yes, there is a Tremors 6 along with a Tremors 4 and 5

The latest movie in the franchise is A Cold Day in Hell. We’re taken up to Canada to the territory of Nunavut (or Nanavut as the person responsible for the captions thought… I guess the budget for the film was all used up) where the Graboids have started terrorizing a group of researchers. Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) is called into action to help deal with the threat. He’s accompanied by Travis B. Welker (Jamie Kennedy) who helps to try to save the day.

It. Is. Ridiculous.

The opening scene is a bunch of researchers in the Arctic trying to do their research before being attacked. The entire group look like they’re going to Winter Coachella and wear light Aritzia-type sweaters and fashionable Ray Bans. No one is wearing gloves so I guess if the Graboids hadn’t gotten them, they probably would’ve died from exposure anyways. Honestly, the Graboids were probably doing them a favour by killing them quicker than the cold would’ve. 

Then the researchers are magically in the same place but at their base where it’s like, summer? I don’t know… the inconsistencies are outrageous.

That’s the least of the film’s concerns though. The dialogue is atrocious… it’s truly terrible. I actually paused, hit rewind, and rewatched a couple scenes because I thought SURELY I must be hearing that wrong. I was not.

For instance, a line that’s repeated numerous times is “MY BALLS ARE IN THE GUINNESS BOOK OF BALLS”. I don’t even really know what that’s supposed to mean. I guess he’s trying to imply that he has big balls? But also, why wouldn’t your balls just be in the Guinness Book of World Records then? 

At one point in time, Travis is trying to talk to Burt and tell him that he’s basically led a big life. He said “Burt Gummer has got big shoes to fill!” and like, Burt responds (without sarcasm), “They’re a Size 12.”

There isn’t a lot in Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell to be admired. I didn’t watch Tremors 4 or 5 to know if those were much better. The writing is bad. The dialogue is very bad. The acting is bad. The story is ridiculous. The special effects are mostly bad. And yet, I found myself enjoying the stupidity of it all. 

Maybe it was a matter of who I watched it with (we like bad movies…) but while it is a bad movie, I did have fun hate watching it, if that makes sense. I kind of felt like I was drunk watching something where I didn’t super remember everything that had transpired, but it was simple enough that I got the gist.

Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell Blu-ray Special Features:

  • The Making of Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell
  • Anatomy of a Scene
  • Inside Chang’s Market

Verdict:
Okay so I watched this and it was ridiculous but with the right company, I did enjoy myself. That being said, I don’t think I could recommend that you buy Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell, but if it happens to be on Netflix or some other streaming service, it was fun! You know, in a this movie is completely bonkers and absolutely ridiculous… oh my god, why is that man in the Arctic wearing just a sweater kind of way.

Stephanie is a Toronto based writer and editor. She's a comic book fan, avid gamer, movie watcher, lover of music, and sarcasm. She is a purveyor of too many projects and has done work for Talking Comics, JoBlo.com, Agents of Geek, Word of the Nerd, C&G Magazine, Dork Shelf, and more.Her writing credits include "Home Sweet Huck" (Mark Millar's Millarworld Annual 2017), "Lungarella (Secret Loves of Geek Girls, 2016), "Behind Enemy Linens" (BLOCKED Anthology, 2017), "Home and Country" (Toronto Comics Anthology, 2017) and more to come. You can read more about her shenanigans over on her personal web site.

Stephanie Cooke

Stephanie is a Toronto based writer and editor. She's a comic book fan, avid gamer, movie watcher, lover of music, and sarcasm. She is a purveyor of too many projects and has done work for Talking Comics, JoBlo.com, Agents of Geek, Word of the Nerd, C&G Magazine, Dork Shelf, and more.Her writing credits include "Home Sweet Huck" (Mark Millar's Millarworld Annual 2017), "Lungarella (Secret Loves of Geek Girls, 2016), "Behind Enemy Linens" (BLOCKED Anthology, 2017), "Home and Country" (Toronto Comics Anthology, 2017) and more to come. You can read more about her shenanigans over on her personal web site.

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