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Director:
Writer:
Jeff Lieberman (written by)
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Release Date:
30 July 1976 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
An avalanche of killer worms...writhing across the land in a tidal wave of terror! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Absolute Best of the 70's "Insect" movies. See more (106 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Don Scardino ... Mick

Patricia Pearcy ... Geri Sanders

R.A. Dow ... Roger Grimes

Jean Sullivan ... Naomi Sanders
Peter MacLean ... Sheriff Jim Reston (as Peter Mac Lean)
Fran Higgins ... Alma Sanders
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
Ralph Flanders ... 1st Man at Lunch Counter
Albert Smith ... 2nd Man at Lunch Counter
Jim Shirah ... 3rd Man at Lunch Counter
Harold Mumm ... Bus Driver
W.A. Lindblad ... Power Line Repairman (as W.A. Lindblatt)

Directed by
Jeff Lieberman 
 
Writing credits
Jeff Lieberman (written by)

Produced by
Joseph Beruh .... executive producer
Edgar Lansbury .... executive producer
George Manasse .... producer
 
Original Music by
Robert Prince 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Mangine (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Brian Smedley-Aston 
 
Casting by
Geri Windsor 
 
Art Direction by
Henry Shrady 
 
Costume Design by
Dianne Finn-Chapman  (as Dianne Finn Chapman)
 
Makeup Department
Rick Baker .... makeup designer
Norman Page .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Don Blackburn .... unit manager
Peter Kean .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Hindenburg .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Neal DeLuca .... assistant art director (as Neal De Luca)
R. Bruce Steinheimer .... prop master (as Bruce Steinheimer)
 
Sound Department
Harriet Fidlow .... sound editor (as Harriet Glickstein)
George Burton Goen II .... location sound (as George Goen)
Al Gramaglia .... recording mixer: Magno Sound
Dan Sable .... sound editor: Magnofex
Bernard Stevens .... assistant sound editor
Luis Vidal .... boom man
 
Special Effects by
Don Farnsworth .... special effects
Lee Howard .... special effects
Bill Milling .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Balton .... assistant camera
Mik Cribben .... stillman
Robert Ippolito .... key grip (as Bob Ippolito)
Kevin Janicelli .... best boy
William W. Lister .... gaffer (as Bill Lister)
Jon Neuburger .... second assistant camera (as John Neuberger)
Jerry Whittington .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
David Fatt .... assistant editor
Lois Freeman .... apprentice editor
 
Location Management
Bill Chant .... location coordinator
 
Music Department
Hal Hackady .... lyricist
 
Other crew
Ed Geil .... assistant to production manager
Rick Hutto .... production assistant
Darrell Jonas .... production coordinator
Deborah Kiser .... production assistant (as Debbie Kiser)
Lee Minter .... production assistant
Nan Pearlman .... production associate
Connie Poindexter .... production assistant
Judy Rosenthal .... script supervisor
David Sheldon .... production executive (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
92 min | USA:93 min (uncut version)
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Certification:
Australia:M | France:16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Norway:16 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (uncut DVD version) (2013) | USA:PG | USA:R (original rating) | West Germany:18 (cut)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The inspiration for the film came from a childhood experiment between director Jeff Lieberman and his brother. One evening the two hooked up a train transformer to wet soil and used the electricity to drive hundreds of worms out of the ground. Young Lieberman noticed that the worms tried to get away from the glare of the flashlight that the boys were using to see by because worms are light-sensitive. It became the scientific basis behind this film and the story of the experiment is re-told by the character of Roger Grimes.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Mick, Jerry and Roger goes fishing, they leave a dingy at the dock that is not there when Mick is dropped off.See more »
Quotes:
Roger Grimes:You gonna be da' worm face!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
A Million Ways to Love YouSee more »

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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Absolute Best of the 70's "Insect" movies., 13 May 2003
Author: (jnsavage3@aol.com) from Washington, D.C.

Reading some of the negative reviews for Squirm, I can't help but wonder if some people tend to prejudge it just because its "one of those 70's bug flicks". I saw this movie at the theater when it was first released, and watching it now on video, it still holds up today as a very well made film.

The set locations were perfect for giving that "small town down south" feeling. And, though the acting by some of the locals left something to be desired, I thought the main characters did a very good job, especially considering the type of movie this was. The music score was terrific and gave the film some great moments. The photography was very good, and probably one of the best using low-light scenes with only candles. And the special effects hold up very well by today's standards.

O.K., I'll point out a few negatives. Some of the dialog is hilariously bad, and tends to stereotype "southerners". Of course, as with most of these types of films, the science doesn't hold up, but thats why its called "science FICTION".

In closing, I can highly recommend this movie to any fan of sci-fi-nature-strikes-back and horror movies. But please, watch it with an open mind- you'll enjoy it better.

Definitely not MST3K material.

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