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Squirm (1976)

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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 overview, first billed only:
Patricia Pearcy ...
R.A. Dow ...
Peter MacLean ...
Sheriff Jim Reston (as Peter Mac Lean)
Fran Higgins ...
William Newman ...
Barbara Quinn ...
Sheriff's Girl
Carl Dagenhart ...
Willie Grimes
Angel Sande ...
Carol Jean Owens ...
Kim Iocouvozzi ...
Walter Dimmick ...
Leslie Thorsen ...
Julia Klopp ...
Mrs. Klopp


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 <>

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Taglines: the billions they came, swarming over the land, sucking the life from anything in their path. See more »




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Release Date:

30 July 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Noite do Terror Rastejante  »

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$470,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Aside from the main cast the rest of the people featured in the film were locals of Port Wentworth, Georgia - the small town where the film was shot on location. See more »


When Mick, Jerry discover the skeleton, it has no sternum nor is its jaw attached. Later, after Jerry is fishing, he returns to the truck to a complete skeleton. Furthermore, the skeleton in the dirt is female while the truck skeleton is male. See more »


Sheriff: If your daddy was alive he'd tan your fanny!
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Referenced in Horror Business (2005) See more »


A Million Ways to Love You
Music by Robert Prince
Lyrics by Hal Hackady
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Great '70's creature feature!
2 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Squirm" is set in rural Fly Creek, Georgia in the aftermath of a violent storm. Power lines are knocked down by the storm and are feeding electricity into the wet ground. This drives the worms crazy, and for some reason, to crave flesh. The day after the storm, a young man from NYC, Mick, arrives by bus to visit his new girlfriend, Gerry, a resident of Fly Creek. As strange events begin to unfold, the young couple turn detective and try to solve the mystery. They find a corpse, lose a corpse, frustrate Gerry's jealous neighbor, and try the patience of the local sheriff more than once. Will they be able to crack the case in time to save the town?! Tune in to see.

Director Jeff Lieberman did not direct many films , but he does a great job with this one. The pacing is great, and the cinematography is some of the best work done on a horror film during the 1970's. He includes plenty of humor and suspense, the required ingredients in these films. The lead actors also do a great job. Don Scardino, as Mick, looks like a young Horatio Caine trying figure out what is going on in this small town. He comes off as likable and heroic in an amateurish fashion. Patricia Pearcy plays Gerry, the perfect young southern belle. She's well mannered, attractive and has a subtle sexuality that you don't usually see in horror films. Though not a great acting performance, she seems comfortable in the role. She and Scardino seem to have real chemistry, which is refreshing to see in a low budget creature feature. The rest of the cast is hit and miss. Gerry's family, her love lorn neighbor, and the local sheriff are perfect. The rest of the cast seems to have no acting experience whatsoever.

This is a fun movie to watch late at night. The low budget limits this film's potential, but the cast, as well as the excellent direction, make this a must see.

The song that plays over the opening and closing credits is perfect. It sets exactly the right tone for the film.

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