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Fraidy Cats
Tucker's Monster
Wild Wild West
Short Circuit
Short Circuit 2
Tremors 2: Aftershocks
Tremors 3: Back To Perfection

Tremors 4: The Legend BeginsTremors The Series
City Slickers

Heart and Souls
The Land Before Time
Batteries Not Included
Ghost Dad

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Fraidy Cats

Released Nov 13, 2013

Honorable Mention 2013 Halloween Book Festival

Honorable Mention 2013 Animals Animals Animals Book Festival


You’ve read Mary Shelley’s account (inaccurate).

You’ve seen Hollywood’s many versions (way inaccurate).

Now, at last, you can learn the truth! It’s all revealed in S. S. Wilson’s new, meticulously researched exposé!

Elements of Frankenstein mythology from Mary Shelley to Hollywood are delightfully jumbled together in a fast paced comic adventure set in 19th century Germany.

Wily Rolf and roly-poly Hermann are alley cats with a pretty good life. Using cunning and stealth they easily purloin food from townsfolk and animals alike.

But a routine stop at a local mansion, with intent to steal treats from the owners' pampered dog, runs afoul of two burglars, with intent to steal the owners' jewels.

In the chaos, Hermann inadvertently gobbles a diamond ring. Now the cats are hotly pursued by the murderous thieves and their equally murderous hound (from whom, to be honest, Rolf and Hermann once stole food).

They can't hide forever, and they fear wolves in the surrounding forest, so they try to escape on a sailing ship. But it's guarded by an army of fearsome bilge rats. To get aboard, much to their humiliation, they must strike a bargain with the pack rat leader, promising to bring him a single item to add to his vast collection of junk.

The item is a pocket watch -- worn by Dr. Frankenstein.

Also available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac.

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Tucker's Monster


Winner of the Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book - Fiction, presented at the 2011 Benjamin Franklin Awards.

Winner in the Best First Book - Fiction category of the USA Best Books Awards 2011.

"You ever hunt werewolf, Whitney?" It is 1903 and that's only one of many unexpected questions asked of young zoologist Gerard Whitney when hired by eccentric Oklahoma cattle rancher Harold B. Tucker. He discovers his employer's true passion is traveling the world in search of legendary creatures. In his first novel, veteran screenwriter S. S. Wilson (Tremors, Short Circuit, The Wild Wild West) offers up a rollicking adventure in which wide-eyed Whitney learns about werewolves, mummies, ghosts, and even meets a mad scientist. On a more subtle level, Wilson also pokes ample fun at classic horror movie clichés as he careens toward an unexpected (and Hollywood sized) climax. "You won't be disappointed when you pick up a copy of Tucker's Monster." Ron Underwood - director.

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Wild Wild West
(1999) It's a whole new west!

Stampede wirters S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock bring this television classic out of 1965 and in into the next Willennium.

Jim West (Will Smith) is a guns-a-blazing former Civil War hero. Artemus Gordon (Kevin Kline) is an inventive U.S. Marshal who excels in disguise. When the United States is threatened by psychotic Confederate Arliss Loveless, President Ulysses Grant (also Kevin Kline) teams the duo up to bring him to justice. On a hazard-packed train journey from Washington to Utah, West and Gordon must combine their skills to best Loveless and his diabolical machines.


Short Circuit (1986) Something wonderful has happened...Number Five is alive!

Five military robots are being developed and tested as the ultimate in fighting machines but a random lighting strike short circuits robot Number Five and sets him off on his own path. This comedy adventure classic stars Ally Sheedy and Steve Guttenberg and is pure fun for the entire family.

Historical Note: Short Circuit was made well before Stampede was founded, but it was the first stepping stone in the path to having our own company. Our own S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock had been working in relative obscurity, making educational films for schools and libraries. They wrote the script for Short Circuit in their spare time. Separately and together they’d written four other "spec" scripts, but hadn’t been able to sell them. This one found its way to agent Nancy Roberts (now Stampede President) Producer David Foster, and finally to director John Badham (of Saturday Night Fever and WarGames fame.) It became a "go" movie almost overnight. Maddock and Wilson were on their way.

Short Circuit 2 (1988) Some say he's nuts. Some say he's bolts. But can Number Five make it in the big, bad city? Keep your wires crossed.

Stampede writers S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock do it again with this sequel to the ever popular story of Number Five the robot that is alive. Go with Number Five to the big city to help one of his creators Ben Jahrvi (Fisher Stevens) foil a major bank robbery and find true love.

Tremors (1990) They say there's nothing new under the sun. But under the ground...
If you like Sci-Fi or Horror films Tremors is simply a MUST SEE movie! This satirical 1950’s style story of giant underground monsters looking to make a meal of the residents of the small town of Perfection Nevada will keep you glued to the edge of your seat. Tremors stars Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward and Finn Carter, with amazingly comical performances by Michael Gross and Reba McEntire as Burt and Heather Gummer, the ultimate survivalists. It was written by S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock. It was the feature directing debut for Ron Underwood, and was the true launch pad for what became Stampede Entertainment. In fact, the name Stampede was suggested by Stampede Exec V.P. Lou Malacarne, who pointed out that there were stampedes in both Tremors and Ron’s next movie, City Slickers.

Get it all with the Tremors Attack Pack

  • Includes: Tremors, Tremors 2: Aftershocks, Tremors 3: Back to Perfection and Tremors 4: The Legend Begins
  • The Making of Tremors
  • Outtakes
  • Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Kevin Bacon Profile
  • Michael Gross Profile
  • Reba McEntire Profile
  • Production Photographs
  • Tremors 2: Aftershocks Trailer

Tremors 2: Aftershocks (1995) The Worms Have Turned!

Graboids never cut you any slack... Just when you are armed and ready for them they evolve into something else. In this popular direct to video sequel to Tremors, it’s a whole new ball game when the worms turn, so hop into your favorite chair and hold on! Tremors 2: Aftershocks features return performances by Fred Ward as Earl Bassett and Michael Gross as the heavily armed Burt Gummer. It also features Christopher Gartin as Grady Hoover and Helen Shaver as KateWhite. The script was, again, by S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock and Wilson even sat in the director’s chair, becoming the second director to come out of Nancy Roberts’ The Roberts Company and Stampede Entertainment.

Historical Note: Tremors 2: Aftershocks was Universal's first movie released in the DVD format so collectors you will want to get your copy on DVD and be a part of movie history. The Tremors 2:Aftershocks DVD also includes several bonus features. First of all, it is letterboxed (has the original full screen image). It includes production notes, notes on cast and crew, and the original trailer. Also, for those of you who have been dying to see the film dubbed in French or subtitled in Spanish, the DVD disk can be viewed in those modes.

Tremors 3 Back To Perfection (2001) The Food Chain Just Grew A New Link!

The original writing team that brought you Tremors is back once again with the much anticipated third installment in this classic saga of man vs. ever changing Precambrian monster.

It has been years since the underground monsters attacked the quiet desert town of Perfection Nevada. While some townspeople have put the incident totally out of their minds others are trying to keep the mystique alive for the sake of the towns only industry, Graboid Tourism. Unfortunately the town's underground monster tourism business takes a turn for the worst when tourists realize they have just been added to the menu.

Yes the Graboids are back and this time they have mutated into the most deadly killing machines yet! The town's only hope is none other than the now famous Graboid hunter Burt Gummer (Michael Gross). But will all Burt's guns be enough? Please tell me they will be enough!!!

Stampede's very own S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock wrote Tremors 3 and Brent Maddock even steps up to the plate as director. You are in for nothing less than a classic Tremors thrill ride so hang on!

Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (2004) A Revolution Has Begun

Stampede does it again! The fourth installment to theTremors saga is here! We take you back in time to 1889 to learn the story of the first known Graboid outbreak in the US.

When workers in a remote mining town of Rejection, Nevada, fall prey to an unseen creature, the mine's owner, Hiram Gummer (Michael Gross), great-grandfather to Tremors' Burt Gummer, hires a mercenary to destroy the carnivorous creatures before they swallow up his profits. What follows is an all-out assault that takes the battleground from deep in the earth to a suspense-filled showdown on the streets of Rejection!

Tremors 4:The Legend Begins will thrill you with incredible action sequences, awesome bonus features and earth-shaking special effects created by the award-winning team behind the original box-office hit, Tremors.

Note: This film will ship in DVD format January 2nd. 2004. It will not be available in VHS format until sometime in early 2004.

Tremors The Series (2003)

From the makers of the Tremors films come the Sci-Fi channel classis Tremors The Series. Inspired by the movies that have become beloved cult classics, this fun, thrilling TV series reveals more of the down ’n’ dirty battles as the locals attempt to coexist with the Graboids, Shriekers and Ass Blasters now on the "protected species" list, including a particularly large Graboid nicknamed "El Blanco." Add to the craziness a combination of secret labs, the gene-blending "Mixmaster" and the occasional fanatical tourist, and there’s never a dull moment in Perfection.

See all 13 full episodes

  1. Feeding Frenzy
  2. Ghost Dance
  3. Night of the Shriekers
  4. Blast from the Past
  5. Flora or Fauna
  6. Hit and Run
  7. A Little Paranoia Among Friends
  8. Project 4-12
  9. Graboid Rights
  10. The Sounds of Silence
  11. The Key
  12. Water Hazard
  13. Shriek and Destroy .





City Slickers (1991)

After his directorial debut Ron Underwood went on to direct this film. City Slickers is a wonderful comedy about an urban executive struggling to find meaning in his life by going on a western cattle drive. The film stars Billy Crystal and earned Jack Palance and academy award for best supporting actor.

Heart and Souls (1993)
The whole Stampede team finally got together on this Universal/Stampede Production, co-written by Maddock and Wilson, co-produced by Nancy Roberts, and directed by Ron Underwood. Heart and Souls is a heartwarming story of a boy born at the same time as four people are killed in a tragic bus accident. The souls of the four accident victims are locked to the boy and follow him into adulthood where they are able to help each other fulfill their lives. Each of the souls take turns possessing the body of the boy played by Robert Downey Jr. in this comical film.

Speechless (1994) There are two sides to every relationship... Don't trust either of them.
Ron Underwood directed this romantic comedy about two speech writers (Michael Keaton and Geena Davis) who work for opposing political candidates and fall in love with each other on the campaign trail.

The Land Before Time (1988)
A group of young dinosaurs is separated from their families by a huge earthquake. They’ve been taught that animals of different species never work or play together. But brave Littlefoot, the brontosaurus, teaches the others they’ll never make it back if they don’t cooperate. The exciting journey is hard enough, but they are also pursued by terrifying Sharp Tooth, the Tyrannosaurus.

You’ll have to look hard for their names, (read the "crawl titles" at the end very closely) but Brent Maddock and S. S. Wilson did a lot of work on Land Before Time. Steven Spielberg asked them to do some revisions on the existing script very late in animation pre-production. He and George Lucas wanted the characters to be more likable. Storyboards had been already been done and Brent and Steve were told they couldn’t change the planned action, but they could change anything the dinosaurs said. Eventually, just by changing dialogue they actually changed the basic idea of the story. Where it had originally been about lost little dinosaurs competing to be the leader, it became lost little dinosaurs learning to work together. This new idea even became the basis for the theme song. Side note: Brent came up with most of talkative Ducky’s dialogue, including his popular, "Yup, yup, yup."

*batteries not included (1987)
The tenants of an old apartment building in New York are about to be thrown out. Their building is to be torn down in the name of progress. But they get some unexpected help from an a very otherworldly source.

Starting with a story by Mick Garris and a script by Brad Byrd and director Matthew Robbins ,Wilson and Maddock co-wrote this film. Steven Spielberg had originally intended it as an Amazing Story (that TV series was in production at the time), but later decided it should be a full blown feature film. It was especially exciting to be writing for veteran actors Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy.

Ghost Dad (1990)
A wacky comedy about a father too obsessed with work to spend quality time with his family. He dies in a car crash, but instead of "going on" he finds himself stuck in this world. He and his kids decide to just keep his untimely demise a secret and keep leading a "normal" life. But this is harder than it seems, since he disappears in bright light, tends to sink into the floor, etc. In the process he realizes that his family is the most important thing in his life and in a surprise twist finds out why he’s still on earth.

This is one of those movies with a convoluted history. Steven Spielberg had read Short Circuit, liked it, and asked Maddock and Wilson to do a rewrite on a script titled Ghost Boy, about a boy who dies and comes back to live with his family. After many meetings it was decided to change the story to Ghost Dad, and try to come up with a way for him to not really be dead at the end. Maddock and Wilson wrote a version with those elements. The movie was cast and special effects tests were made with a major star. Then, as sometimes happens in Hollywood, the "deal" fell apart. The star and director went on to other things and the script got "shelved." It was re-considered off and on, rewritten at least once by other writers, then finally made when Bill Cosby took an interest in it.


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