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Squirm (1976)

R  |   |  Horror  |  30 July 1976 (USA)
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At the beginning of the film, we learn from one of the characters that earthworms can be called to the surface with electricity, but somehow it turns them into vicious flesh-eaters. Sure ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Patricia Pearcy ...
R.A. Dow ...
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Peter MacLean ...
Sheriff Jim Reston (as Peter Mac Lean)
Fran Higgins ...
William Newman ...
Quigley
Barbara Quinn ...
Sheriff's Girl
Carl Dagenhart ...
Willie Grimes
Angel Sande ...
Millie
Carol Jean Owens ...
Lizzie
Kim Iocouvozzi ...
Hank
Walter Dimmick ...
Danny
Leslie Thorsen ...
Bonnie
Julia Klopp ...
Mrs. Klopp
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At the beginning of the film, we learn from one of the characters that earthworms can be called to the surface with electricity, but somehow it turns them into vicious flesh-eaters. Sure enough, a storm that night causes some power lines to break and touch the ground, drawing millions of man-eating worms out of the earth, and into town where they quickly start munching on the locals. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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This was the night of the CRAWLING TERROR! See more »

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30 July 1976 (USA)  »

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A Noite do Terror Rastejante  »

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$470,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

R.A. Dow, who played Roger, was a Method actor and lived in Port Wentworth, Georgia, for a few weeks before the shoot began so he could develop a feel for the local character. See more »

Goofs

When Geri and Mick first discover the skeleton, the skull is fragmented, with the jaw bone clearly disconnected. When they later find it in the back of Roger's truck, the jaw bone is now firmly attached and they have to forcibly pull it off. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff: If your daddy was alive he'd tan your fanny!
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A Million Ways to Love You
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Music by Robert Prince
Lyrics by Hal Hackady
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Squirm is the very best of the (uniquely 1970's) "nature gets even with humanity for messing her up with its garbage" genre.
1 May 1999 | by (London, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Squirm is superior to its brethren primarily because of its use of worms as the "beast". Being at the top of the food chain, as we humans are, there is little risk of any of us being eaten alive by wild animals (e.g. "Jaws") during our little sojourns into nature. Director Lieberman realized this and took this horror sub-genre to a higher level by combining the best elements of "nature in retaliation" cinema with our innate fear of death i.e. literally our fear of being "eaten by worms". Kudos to Rick Baker's make-up design which was probably the inspiration for a countless number of shoddy Halloween make-up kits. He cut his teeth on movies such as "Squirm" and "Incredible Melting Man" and continued his greatness in "Videodrome" and "Ed Wood". Credit must also go to director Lieberman. Whether it was his choice to use sparse lighting in the night scenes or it was merely the lack of a budget, the effect is unnerving nonetheless. In too many horror films night scenes are lit so that you can virtually see everything. In short, they are unrealistic. When the characters walk through the dark, in Squirm, you feel a sense of unease because you can't see what is in the outer edges of the frame. American International Pictures were responsible for the production of many great obscurities like "Squirm" and "Food of the Gods". I hope AIP's films will be rerun on late night TV ad infinitum, and be given their due recognition well into the next millennium!


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