Perfection, Nevada is a small town of fourteen residents that serves as the primary setting of the Tremors franchise. It was once called "Rejection Valley" in the old west times.
TO PERFECTION, NEVADA! (Pop. 14)
If you like small towns, you're going to love Perfection! We're located in the heart of Perfection Valley, a pristine desert environment only a few hours from the Nevada Test Site. Our charming downtown is prepared to accommodate all your needs as a visitor, and our small but friendly community is always ready to offer a warm welcome to new neighbors interested in sharing our unique, exciting way of life!
To help you learn a little more about Perfection, we've prepared this handy mini-guide.
Perfection Valley is an immense box canyon, with rocky cliffs to the north and mountains to the east and west. Aside from a few nearly impassable mountain jeep trails, there is only one road in and out of the valley; it leads to Bixby, Nevada, the closest town, 30 miles south through the desert. It's paved, and as we locals say, stay on the asphalt if you want to stay alive!
Staying in touch
Sorry to say, cell phones still don't work in Perfection. We're working on it, really, but there isn't much we can do, because of the local geography. Land lines, CB radio and short-range walkie-talkies are the current means of communication.
See Perfection, Nevada/Revenue for how much money the town makes in a day.
Run by Jodi Chang, is the center of life in town. General store, post office and all-around watering hole, everyone who's anyone in Perfection can be found here. C'mon by for lunch and stock up on anything and everything you might need! From ammunition to antibiotics, barbecue sauce to batteries, wrist-seismos to a deck of cards, Chang's Market has it all!
Desert Jack's Tyler Reed's Graboid Tours
Run by ex-NASCAR driver Tyler Reed, is your best chance of seeing elusive old El Blanco, the "Great White Graboid," and living to tell about it! Sign up today for a once-in-a-lifetime spin through the lovely deserts of Perfection, But consider yourself warned — Tyler drives fast, so if you get a glimpse of El Blanco, don't blink or you might miss it!
Burt Gummer's Survival School
Run by world-famous Graboid-hunter Burt Gummer himself, offers courses in everything from basic firearm safety to how to write your legally binding last will and testament using only a rock, a cactus quill and your own blood. Lol
Know your neighbors
Jodi Chang (Chang's Market), Tyler Reed (Desert Jack's Graboid Tours) and Nancy Sterngood (Perfection Souvenirs Online) all live in the town proper. Jodi's niece, Natalie Chang, sometimes stays with Jodi and works part-time in Chang's Market.
He lives a few miles from town in his hilltop survivalist bunker. It took some heavy damage during a recent incursion by those monsters colorfully known as Ass Blasters, but Burt, plucky fella that he is, has vowed to rebuild.
She lives on her small cattle ranch several miles from Burt's bunker, on the opposite side of town. Her younger brother, Roberto Sanchez, occasionally visits and helps out.
Agent W.D. Twitchell
He is U.S. Department of the Interior, lives in a charming ranchette home he purchased from Melvin Plugg — a local real-estate developer who owns more than half the property in Perfection Valley and plans to raze the town of Perfection in order to erect a strip-mall sprawl known as "Melville."
In addition, as the Graboid scare has subsided, a few newcomers have settled in the outskirts of Perfection Valley. Our newest neighbors includes prospectors, ranchers, retirees and picaresque winos living off government disability checks.
We don't mind what folks' stories are, as long as they mind their own business and pay their bills. So whether you're looking to settle down or start over, Perfection is the place for you!
Co Existing with Graboids
The initial appearances of Graboids and their mutations here in Perfection, as well as in Mexico and Argentina, are well-known world news. The big TV networks have all done stories here. Our cozy little town is a must-see destination for truly adventurous tourists, who routinely come to take Tyler Reed's desert tour in hopes of seeing elusive El Blanco, the "Great White Graboid."
Of course, we hear the same question over and over again: "How can you live in a valley with a deadly, giant monster?" We won't lie to you — it's damned inconvenient being unable to get insurance for life or property anywhere in the valley, but we believe our isolation and the risks we endure are a small price to pay to keep our individualistic lifestyle safe from urban sprawl.
It's an odd and delicate balance: The big creature that wants to eat us is also the very thing that allows us to live our lives on our own terms. Luckily, El Blanco is usually content to graze on coyotes, sheep or the rare stray cattle. If we don't annoy him, he doesn't eat us. Can't get a much fairer shake than that, right?
Using seismic equipment, geo-phones, and other gear, we keep tabs on the Big Worm and (usually) avoid dangerous encounters with him. Truth be told, we pretty much take in stride living with Graboids, Shriekers and Ass Blasters. We view them as do people in northern Canada seeing polar bears walking down Main Street: We know they're dangerous — we just don't get hysterical, and we take the necessary precautions.
We realize it might seem eccentric at first, but don't worry: You'll get used to it in no time. And before long, you'll understand why we all love to call this tiny oasis our home, and why we continue to warn the government, "Don't mess with Perfection!"
Perfection is located in the fictional location of Perfection Valley, way out in the desert (possibly the Mojave Desert), 38 miles away from a town called "Bixby", which it predates. There are mountains on either side, and the north end of the valley ends at the edge of a high cliff, the Vally itself runs north-south. The only way out of town is a road leading through a narrow pass to the south. It is a former mining settlement, the silver mines in the mountains owned by Burt's ancestors.
The most distinctive feature of Perfection is its water tower, the tallest structure in the area. Directly next to it is Chang's Market, a general store which pulls triple duty as the town's store, tavern, and base of operations during Graboid attacks. After the Graboid attack in 1990, Perfection became a popular tourist destination, and Chang's Market became a souvenir shack, selling Graboid, Shrieker and Ass Blaster memorabilia. Both the water tower and Chang's Market have been around since the town's creation in the 1800s, as "Rejection". In the town's early years, it had a number of other businesses, including a blacksmith shop, post office, bank, and hotel, but these no longer exist in Perfection. (The original script for the first movie stated that Chang's Market doubled as all of these, as well as a video store.) Perfection is northwest of Las Vegas, toward Carson City, but it’s not very near either one. Present day Perfection is nearest to the town of Bixby. In 1889, it was mentioned that Carson City as the closest large town (but still a long ride), as Bixby didn't exist yet.
Up on a tall hill just outside of the town is the residence of Burt Gummer, which, after the original Graboid incursion, was fortified with an underground concrete wall. Burt used to own a house, which he destroyed in Tremors 3: Back to Perfection when an Ass Blaster broke into his domicile. He now lives in an underground bunker, and is slowly rebuilding.
Perfection Valley is home to the typical 30 to 50 mile long and several miles wide desert. with typical wildlife- coyotes, wild burro, etc. The area is famous, however, for its Graboids, (as well as its imago forms, the Shrieker and Ass Blaster.) They are the town of Perfection's claim to fame, though they only appear sparsely and occasionally. As of 2003, there is only one Graboid living in Perfection Valley: El Blanco, the Great White Graboid, who is incapable of metamorphosing.
Graboids are not the only strange creatures to reside in Perfection, however- thanks to the presence of the chemical compound "Mixmaster" being introduced into the food chain, many new and deadly mutations have been known to appear and cause trouble for the residents. Among these creatures are the Microbe Swarm, a type of exploding plant/animal hybrid with an acidic sap, and the "Invisibat", a bat able to change colors to blend into the environment.
Know Your Town History!
The history of Perfection goes along whey back it was officially founded in it's present state on 1892 as the mining boom town, Rejection.
By the time of Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell, Perfection appears to have been abandoned and demolished aside from Chang's Market and the Welcome sign. Not even the water tower appears to remain in existence while Chang's Market is ran and possibly squatted in by Burt Gummer. Aside from the fact that Jodi Chang now works at a law firm, the fate of the other residents and El Blanco are unknown.
Though always sparsely populated, many people have lived in Perfection over the course of the series.
- Burt Gummer - paranoid survivalist, firearms enthusiast, and Graboid hunter.
- Travis B. Welker - Burt's son
- El Blanco - Perfection's resident Albino Graboid and the unofficial "mascot" of the town.
- Jodi Chang- Owner of Walter Chang's Market; niece of late owner Walter Chang. (Moved out of Perfection, works at law firm)
- Tyler Reed - Former race-car driver and owner of tourist business "Desert Jack's Graboid Tours". (Moved out of Perfection)
- Nancy Sterngood - Ex-hippie; mother of Mindy; creator of Graboid-themed souvenirs. (Moved out of Perfection)
- Larry Norvel - Fan of Burt and Graboids; annoys other residents whenever he visits; eventually settles in town to work for Jodi. (Moved out of Perfection)
- Cletus Poffenberger - Retired bio-chemist; worked in the now-abandoned lab somewhere near Perfection to help create DNA-mixing chemical "Mixmaster". (Moved out of Perfection)
- Dr. Casey Matthews - Scientist that came to study Graboids. (Moved out of Perfection)
- Harlowe Winnemucca - Native-American; works on Rosalita's ranch. (Moved out of Perfection)
- Roger Garrett - Dr. Matthews' assistant. (Moved out of Perfection)
- Earl Bassett - Handyman who did odd jobs in town; helped kill Graboids (Moved out of Perfection, started a Graboid theme park with Grady Hoover)
- Melvin Plugg - Realtor and businessman; grew up in Perfection; owner of "Perfection Ranchettes" (Moved out of Perfection)
- Valentine McKee - Handyman who did odd jobs in town; helped kill Graboids (Moved out of Perfection, married to Rhonda LeBeck)
- Jack Sawyer - Owner of "Desert Jack's Graboid Tour" (Moved away to Bixby, sold business to Tyler Reed)
- Heather Gummer - Burt's ex-wife; also fond of firearms (Moved out of Perfection and divorced Burt)
- Mindy Sterngood - Nancy's daughter; grew up in Perfection (Currently attending College)
- Edgar Deems - Hermit and farmer. (Died due to dehydration while trying to hide from Graboid)
- Old Fred - Shepherd. (Eaten by Graboid)
- Jim Wallace - Town doctor. (Eaten by Graboid)
- Megan Wallace - Jim's wife. (Either buried alive or eaten by Graboid)
- Walter Chang - Owner of Walter Chang's Market. (Eaten by Graboid)
- Nestor Cunningham - Lived in a trailer. (Eaten by Graboid)
- Miguel Sanchez - Cattle rancher. (Killed by Ass-Blaster)
- Buford - Jack's assistant. (Eaten by Graboid)
Residents of Rejection
- Hiram Gummer - Owner of the silver mine; Burt's great-grandfather.
- Christine Lord - Widow owner of the hotel; Hiram's eventual wife; Burt's great-grandmother.
- Juan Pedilla - Rancher and miner; related to Miguel.
- Pyong Chang - Chinese immigrant; original owner of Chang's Market.
- Lu Wan Chang - Pyong's wife.
- Fu Yien Chang - Son of Pyong and Lu Wan. Walter's grandfather.
- Tecopa - Native-American.
- Old Fred - Freight driver; may or may not be related to modern Old Fred. (Eaten by Graboid)
- Big Horse Johnson - Miner. (Eaten by Graboid)
- Stony and Brick Walter - Miner. (Eaten by Graboid)
- Soggy - Miner and drunk. (Eaten by Graboid)
- Andrew Beck - Unseen resident (Left when town was going broke)
- Stan Kelton - Blacksmith, unseen (Left when town was going broke)