Tremors (1990) Poster


Fred Ward: Earl Bass



  • Earl Bassett : Damn it, listen to me. I'm older and wiser.

    Valentine McKee : Yeah, well you're half right.

  • Earl Bassett : Hey, Rhonda you ever seen anything like this before?

    Valentine McKee : Oh, sure Earl. Everyone knows about them we just didn't tell you.

  • Earl Bassett : Is this a job for an intelligent man?

    Valentine McKee : Well, show me one and I'll ask him.

  • [trapped on top of a boulder by a Graboid, Val, Earl, and Rhonda are thinking of explanations for where the creatures came from] 

    Valentine McKee : [joking]  They're mutations caused by radiation. No, wait; the government made 'em. *Big* surprise for the Russians.

    Rhonda LeBeck : Well, there's nothing like them in the fossil record... Okay, so they predate the fossil record.

    [not buying it herself] 

    Rhonda LeBeck : That'd make them a couple of billion years old... and we've just never seen one until now. Right.

    Earl Bassett : I vote for outer space. No way these are local boys.

  • [Burt cuts off a piece of fuse for a bomb for Earl] 

    Earl Bassett : What kind of fuse is that?

    Burt Gummer : Cannon fuse

    Earl Bassett : What the hell do you use it for?

    Burt Gummer : My cannon!

  • Earl Bassett : Dammit, I'm gonna kick his ass!

    Valentine McKee : I'm gonna help you.

  • Earl Bassett : Run for it? Running's not a plan! Running's what you do, once a plan fails!

  • Earl Bassett : Damn it Valentine, you never plan ahead, you never take the long view, I mean here it is Monday and I'm already thinking of Wednesday... It is Monday right?

  • Earl Bassett : Dammit, Valentine! You never go for any girl unless she fits that stupid list of yours from top to bottom.

    Valentine McKee : Well, sure.

    Earl Bassett : Yeah, and it's dumber than my hind end! Like that Bobbie Lynn Dexter.

    Valentine McKee : Tammy Lynn Baxter!

    Earl Bassett : Doesn't matter. They're all the same: dead weight. "Ooh, I broke a nail!" Ugh! Makes my skin crawl.

    Valentine McKee : Yeah, well, I'm a victim of circumstance.

    Earl Bassett : I thought you called it your pecker.

  • Earl Bassett : No way those things can outrun these horses!

    Valentine McKee : Yeah, well, for all you know, they can fly.

  • Earl Bassett : No breakfast?

    Valentine McKee : I did it yesterday. It was baloney and beans.

    Earl Bassett : No, it was eggs. I made eggs. Over easy.

    Valentine McKee : The hell you did! Baloney and beans. It's your turn!

    [They go through a quick game of paper-rock-scissors, which Valentine loses] 

    Valentine McKee : Well, I guess when I'm your age, I'll forget what I eat, too.

  • Earl Bassett : You little asswipe! You don't knock it off you're gonna be shittin' this basketball... pardon my French!

  • Earl Bassett : [Valentine has just freed the truck from a hangup, after a struggle]  Y'know, that's a good way to break an axle.

    Valentine McKee : Could you shut up?

    Earl Bassett : Hey, I don't need to spend the night out here!

    Valentine McKee : [long pause]  Crybaby.

  • Earl Bassett : They must be long gone by now.

    Valentine McKee : Yeah. Hey, why don't you go take a little stroll and find out?

  • [Monster slams into a concrete retaining wall] 

    Earl Bassett : Stupid son-of-a-bitch, knocked itself cold!

    Valentine McKee : Cold, my ass, he's dead! We killed it. We killed it! *Fuck you!*

  • Valentine McKee : Good luck shithead.

    Earl Bassett : Don't worry about me jerkoff.

  • Earl Bassett : We gotta run. We've got a schedule to keep.

    Valentine McKee : Yeah. See, we plan ahead, that way we don't do anything right now. Earl explained it to me.

  • Earl Bassett : What're you bringin' that vacuum cleaner, for?

    Valentine McKee : I like this vacuum cleaner.

    Earl Bassett : Y'never use it.

    Valentine McKee : Well, it's good for parts.

  • [repeated line] 

    Earl Bassett : Pardon my French!

  • Earl Bassett : [yelling]  AHHH! AHHH!

    Valentine McKee : What? What is it?

    Earl Bassett : Damn prairie dog burrow.

    Valentine McKee : Sons a bitches.

  • Earl Bassett : [after digging out the dead graboid]  There's no way Walter Chang's getting his slick mits on this for no 15 bucks.

    Valentine McKee : You got that right!

  • Walter Chang : That's what I like... Graboids. That's it, Graboids!

    Earl Bassett : Jesus, Walter.

    Walter Chang : You're gonna be sorry if you don't give it a name.

  • Valentine McKee : Was it a heart attack, Doctor?

    Dr. Jim : No, died of dehydration, thirst.

    Valentine McKee : That doesn't make any sense, that takes a couple days, doesn't it?

    Dr. Jim : Maybe even three or four.

    Earl Bassett : You mean he sat up there three or four days? He just sat up there and died of thirst?

  • Earl Bassett : You suppose he wanted to kill himself?

    Valentine McKee : Come on, somebody must'a chased him up there.

    Earl Bassett : You mean someone that ain't scared of a Winchester rifle? Then what'd they do? Camp out down below and wait for him to die?

  • Valentine McKee : STAMPEDE! Stampede, Earl! Get out of the way, get out of the way!

    Earl Bassett : [waking up]  You dumb shit. I was in a stampede once. Five hundred head, all hell-bent for the horizon.

    Valentine McKee : Now, exactly how many cattle are required for a stampede, Earl? Is it three or more? Is there a minimum to 'pede?

    Earl Bassett : I wish they'd stampede up your ass.

  • [Melvin has a Graboid snake tongue wrapped around his neck] 

    Melvin Plug : [screams]  It's got me! It's got me!

    [Melvin bursts into laughter. Everyone realizes he was playing a joke] 

    Walter Chang : Melvin!

    Burt Gummer : Damn it, Melvin!

    [gets in Melvin's face and Melvin stops laughing] 

    Burt Gummer : You came that close, too close. No more games.

    Earl Bassett : Melvin, one of these days, somebody's gonna kick your ass.

  • Valentine McKee : What the hell are those things? And how can they bury a whole station wagon?

    Earl Bassett : WHY would they do it?

  • Earl Bassett : Well, there sure as hell ain't nothing to stop us now... everybody we know between here and Bixbe's already dead.

  • [Ground Starts to bulge] 

    Earl Bassett : Must be a million of them!

    [Grabiod breaks through the surface of the ground] 

    Valentine McKee : Nope, just one!

  • Earl Bassett : Here's the plan. We don't even stop. Ride like hell. Tonight we keep right on going. We'll walk the horses.

  • Earl Bassett : Melvin! One of these days someone's gonna kick your ass!

  • Earl Bassett : So we're stuck here. That pisses me off.

  • Valentine McKee : So what if we make it back to the rocks? We'll only last for 3 days!

    Earl Bassett : Well I wanna live for the 3 days!

  • Earl Bassett : You guys gotta get the hell out of here! There's a killer on the loose!

    Howard - Roadworker : [shuts off jackhammer]  What?

    Earl Bassett : A murderer! Man a real psycho! He's he's cutting people's heads off! I'm not kidding!

  • [Valentine and Earl get chased by a Graboid, they get trapped in an empty canal until the Graboid makes a huge crack in the wall] 

    Earl Bassett : [realizes nothing's happening]  Stupid son-of-a-bitch. It knocked itself cold.

    [the Graboid's snake tongue dangles lifelessly followed by bleeding] 

    Valentine McKee : Cold my ass, he's dead. We killed it.

    [long pause] 

    Valentine McKee : [triumphantly]  We killed it! FUCK! YOU!

  • Earl Bassett : [Graboid eats Rhonda's shovel]  Don't he have a home to go to?

    Valentine McKee : That's why Edgar never got down off that damn tower.

    Rhonda LeBeck : I think I have an idea.

    Earl Bassett : You know, we're gonna have to come up with some sort of plan, he's just going to wait us to death.

  • Earl Bassett : You're hung up I tell you.You're gonna burn the clutch!

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