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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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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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30 July 1976 (USA)  »

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$470,000 (estimated)
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Director Jeff Lieberman cited Hitchcock's The Birds (1963) as the film's biggest influence. See more »

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When the Sheriff is eating dinner in the restaurant, a piece of spaghetti appears, disappears, then reappears again on his fork between shots. See more »

Quotes

Roger Grimes: You gonna be da' worm face!
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Referenced in Meatus (2013) See more »

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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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Nature goes berserk in style
9 January 2004 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

Against FOOD OF THE GODS, DOGS, KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS, the irrepressible SLUGS and other nature-gone-berserk flicks, SQUIRM stands tall.

The worms are the thing here, but their existence does not short-change the film's acting, storyline and characterizations. Director Jeff Lieberman, a fellow of immense cinematic intelligence (BLUE SUNSHINE, JUST BEFORE DAWN), has crafted a smart, stylish little thriller that delivers on its promise.

Rick Baker's worms are very impressive and Lieberman knows when to reveal them and when to keep them -- literally -- in the dark.

The set-up is simple. Following a filthy, dirty storm, downed powerlines send bolts of electricity into the earth. Shocked worms turn rabid and begin to menace "us".

The film is exceptionally well photographed and acted, the rural setting works beautifully, and the climax packs a punch.

Solid filmmaking all 'round.


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