A storm 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.

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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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An avalanche of killer worms...writhing across the land in a tidal wave of 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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Jeff Lieberman chose Brian Smedley-Aston to edit the film because Smedley-Aston was the editor on Performance (1970), one of Lieberman's favorite films. See more »

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The first in the kitchen Mama declared, "...the fridge is out. All the food will spoil!" There is nothing in the fridge, not even shelving or stains on the walls. I guess 1976 didn't think there would be "pause" buttons :-) See more »

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Sheriff: If your daddy was alive he'd tan your fanny!
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Featured in The Cinema Snob: Redneck Zombies (2010) 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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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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