Tremors (1990)Shaky Ground w/ Lori Dengler:
Thursday, April 18

“Science on Screen” returns in April, featuring the awesome-in-every-way Tremors (1990) and lecturer Lori Dengler. This recurring event features creative pairings of current, classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine.

Back in 1990, Universal released one of the last great all-practical monster movies: TREMORS. It didn’t make much of a box-office ripple, but it soon become a cult favorite for its remarkably convincing herd of desert-burrowing “graboids”—giant carnivorous worms—and the gallery of likably individualistic characters they prey on.

Leading the ensemble are Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward as Val and Earl, handymen slackers (“See, we plan ahead; that way we don’t do anything right now”) forced to press themselves into heroic service to protect their fellow residents of the tiny town of Perfection.

With a dry, understated sense of humor and thrills aplenty, TREMORS itself is a little slice of perfection in the creature-feature genre, one that still holds up beautifully even as many subsequent CGI showcases have faded into the dust. 25 years later, it’s still a must-see on the big screen!

Before the film, earthquake expert Dr. Lori Dengler explains our vibrating Earth, its subsurface structure, the geological importance of the area in which Tremors was filmed, and “some of the fantastic things we’ve learned that are even more amazing than science fiction.”

Dr. Lori Dengler is an emeritus professor of geology from Humboldt State University, with expertise in tsunami science and regional earthquakes. She’s been part of post-earthquake/tsunami reconnaissance studies to Japan, Indonesia and other parts of the world, co-authored a post-tsunami survey guide for the international tsunami community, and continues to be involved with research and outreach projects on the North Coast.

$5 all ages
Doors open 6:30 | Lecture 7:00 | Movie 8:00.