Tremors was released into theaters on January 19th, 1990. Filming locations include Lone Pine and Olancha, Ca. It was directed by Ron Underwood. The two leads of Valentine McKee and Earl Bassett are played by Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward. It also stars Michael Gross, who would go on to reprise his character Burt Gummer, and Gummer's ancestors, in every sequel as well as the 2003 television series. The films score was done by Ernest Troost and Robert Folk in a non-collaborative effort. Troost's score has more of a western feel, using guitars and harmonicas whereas Folk's used violins and trumpets and was used for the more climatic scenes. The films first DVD release was on April 28th, 1998.

Perfection - Near *Cactus Flats Rd. Olancha, Ca. 93545

The town was a set that was built in roughly two months. After filming concluded, it was torn down. No remains from any of the structures are still there. Although, the dirt road that led through the town is still there as well as a replica "City of Perfection" sign marking the filming location. 

All "Now" pictures taken in 2019.

Roadwork scene - Tuttle Creek Rd. Lone Pine, Ca. 93545

This road runs through a narrow but very scenic canyon, alongside the surprisingly rapid-flowing Tuttle Creek.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2019.

Boulders that Earl, Valentine and Rhonda get stuck on - Movie Flat Rd. Lone Pine, Ca. 93545
(Alabama Hills)

A lot of movies were filmed in this area, some of which include Django Unchained (2012), Gladiator, Iron Man, Man of Steel and an abundance of old westerns. It's an amazing setting with the Eastern Sierras and the highest point in the continental United States (Mt. Whitney) in the background. Movie Flat Rd. was constructed back in the heyday of old westerns so the crews could get in and out of the filming locations easier. Aside from being a popular area for filming, it also seems to have and endless number of beautiful hikes. As a matter of fact, I wish I had more time there during my visit, for that very purpose. The group of boulders in the film are just a stones throw from Movie Flat Rd. Also, after visiting for myself, I can confirm that the boulders they pole vault onto must've been prop boulders brought in for the film because none of them are there in reality. My last comparison picture shows this. 

Myself sitting on the boulder.

If you plan on visiting the Tremors filming locations in Lone Pine, or if you're just passing through the town, I highly recommend stopping at the Lone Pine Film Museum. It shows the history of filming in the area as well as screen used props from many of the films, including Tremors and some of the sequels. It's located at 701 S. Main St. Lone Pine, Ca. 93545.


  1. That's a great landscape. Keep up the good work.

  2. perfect match on those angles. great job and many thanks

  3. My pleasure. It was a lot of fun visiting these, especially since I haven't seen too many pics of them elsewhere.

  4. Love it! I'm jealous. I've been wanting to do this for quite some time. With this movie and several others. Thank you for taking the time to get it done!

    1. Thank you! I'm sure you'll get around to visiting them eventually.

  5. Loving your site...I have always been fascinated going behind the scenes, seeing the history of locations and knowing many are still there, even if Ill never have a chance to visit them! Thank you! Love it!