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Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors Paperback – July 20, 2015
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"Though it has spawned a flurry of low-budget sequels ... rollickingly fun '80s monster movie Tremors has never been treated with much respect. Super-fan Jonathan Melville sets that right with this high-access tell-all (he even got Kevin Bacon), which began life as an article in SFX ... an unexpected treat." - 4/5, Empire
“It’s clear from reading the book that Melville is a fan with a passionate enthusiasm for the films, which goes a long way over in making the book informative, entertaining and, above all, a joy to read. - 9/10, Starburst
“While there is a wealth of the expected information on production,
marketing, and Hollywood politics, possibly the book's greatest strength is the extraordinary depth of interviews. Sprinkled throughout the book are their delightful recollections of small personal moments, a wealth of charming, quirky details never before published, and quite unlike the usual behind-the-scenes trivia.” - Steve Wilson [Tremors co-creator], Amazon.com
"Timed to the 25th anniversary of the beloved Kevin Bacon monster movie, author Jonathan Melville digs deep to uncover the the real story behind the film that flopped initially, then became a fan favourite that spawned four sequels and a short-lived series" - Famous Monsters of Filmland
"It really does go into a lot of detail about all the films and you find
out something new on almost every page. A must read for fans of Tremors." - 5/5, liveforfilms.com
"Although it’s labelled as a guide, I would describe the book as a great
story which I couldn’t put down and devoured in just a couple of days. If you’re a Tremors fan, then don’t miss out on this great book." - theunheardnerd.com
“Highly recommend to anyone interested in Tremors, but also anyone
interested in Hollywood, the low budget sequel industry, and television
production.” - Ryan P Acheson, Amazon.com
“You can tell by the warmth given out by the actors and crew in their
answers that [the author’s] done his leg work in chasing them, buttering them up enough to give genuine answers as they reminisce about good times had.” - N. Robinson, Amazon.co.uk
“This book would be a wonderful read for anyone, including non-fans,
interested in the evolution of a small but unique franchise in the large
machine that is the Hollywood studio system and how such a journey affects both the content and its creators. If you love these films, or filmmaking in general, you owe it to yourself to read this book!” - Chris, Amazon.com
“It should be noted that this book has obviously been written with
passion, a true love for the Tremors movies/series is palpable. I totally
agree with another reviewer who mentioned Crystal Lake Memories for the Friday the 13th movies, it is indeed in the same league. I HIGHLY recommend Seeking Perfection to all Tremors fans out there, and even non-fans will appreciate the movie-making aspect of it.” - Psycho, Amazon.ca
About the Author
First catching a screening of Tremors on BBC One in the early 1990s, Jonathan Melville has closely followed the goings on in Perfection, Nevada, ever since.
Long before the internet allowed fans to read about the production of their favourite movies from concept to completion, Melville relied on frequent visits to the video store to discover the latest releases, stumbling across Tremors 2: Aftershocks in a Blockbuster just outside Toronto in 1996, before stumbling across the sequels as they were released.
As a freelance film journalist for UK science fiction magazine SFX, Melville was able to pitch a 21st anniversary feature on Tremors for a 2011 article, subsequently deciding to devote an entire book to the subject.
The result is the first in-depth look at the Tremors franchise, including Tremors, Tremors 2: Aftershocks, Tremors 3: Back to Perfection, Tremors 4: The Legend Begins, Tremors: The Series and Tremors 5: Bloodlines.
This movie reference guide has not only been written for horror fans but for anyone with an interest in cinema and Hollywood filmmaking and the direct-to-video industry.
It looks at the background of Tremors creators S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock and Ron Underwood, their time working with the likes of Steven Spielberg and their first major success creating Short Circuit, before revealing the difficulties involved in bringing a movie about giant worms to the big screen in a risk-averse industry.
Melville's interviews with the likes of Wilson, Maddock and Underwood, plus major Hollywood players including Gale Anne Hurd and Jim Jacks offer a rare insight into what makes the movie industry tick.
Brand new interviews with actors Kevin Bacon, Michael Gross, Reba McEntire, Tony Genaro, Ariana Richards, Robert Jayne and more offer further depth to the history of Tremors.
Jonathan Melville lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, but is planning to move to Perfection when his visa is approved.
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