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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:
At the beginning of the film, we learn from one of the characters that earthworms can be called to the surface with electricity... See more » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Best when we're mired in rednecks See more (100 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
 
Music Department
Hal Hackady .... lyricist
 
Other crew
Bill Chant .... location coordinator
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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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | France:-16 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Norway:16 | Singapore:NC-16 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (uncut DVD version) (2013) | USA:PG | USA:R (original rating) | West Germany:18 (cut)

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Trivia:
The unearthly screeching sounds used for the worms are actually the electronically processed sounds of screaming pigs in slaughterhouses.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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.See more »
Quotes:
Roger Grimes:You gonna be da' worm face!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in AIP: Fast and Furious (1985) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
A Million Ways to Love YouSee more »

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22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Best when we're mired in rednecks, 16 January 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

Fly Creek is a small southern town best known for it's "antiques" and the Grimes Worm Farm. During one particularly hot summer, while Mick (Don Scardino) is on his way on a bus to meet new girlfriend Geri Sanders (Patricia Pearcy), they're hit by a whopper of a thunderstorm. Fly Creek's roads are flooded and they've lost power due to a downed power line that is still sparking. And that leads to a big problem. Because when the film's worms are stimulated by electricity, they come out of the ground, ready to bite, and there are millions of them!

As is obvious from the premise, Squirm is a nature-gone-wild film, a subgenre of horror that was particularly active in the 70s. It's a pretty good example of the genre, and the film is successful more often than not, as long as you don't start to question the plot too much. Overall, it's a 7 out of 10 for me. I almost gave it an 8, but the ending is a bit too clichéd, so I knocked off a point. I've only seen one of director/writer Jeff Lieberman's other films so far--Blue Sunshine (1976)--and that also had points taken off for a less-than-satisfying ending.

Squirm is at its best when it's wallowing in small redneck town weirdness. The Sheriff (Peter MacLean) is frighteningly unresponsive, a bit pleasantly campy, and he's also a paranoid troublemaker. The Grimes family, Willie (Carl Dagenhart) and Roger (R.A. Dow), are demented and creepy. The Sanders family seems oddly dysfunctional, and Geri's sister, Alma (Fran Higgins), demonstrates that Juliette Lewis wasn't the first Juliette Lewis. When all of this stuff is combined with Squirm's initial slow-burning horror aspects--including a relatively subtle amount of worms and a well-placed (both literally and in terms of the script) skeleton--it is good, almost sublimely so.

But things begin to go slightly awry when we get to the big extravaganza near the end. The characters have either died off or Lieberman simply abandons them. Having a lot of characters die off by the end is understandable and even laudable in a film like this, but it's too bad we couldn't have seen them longer and had more emotional investment in them. Simply abandoning characters isn't as excusable. Of course the attacking worm quotient increases as the film continues, and this is handled well physically (I can't imagine having to be a worm wrangler), but plot points surrounding the worms become sketchier and almost contradictory at times. That saps too much tension out of the ending, and instead we're primarily engaged by physical effects for their own sake, plus a wonderfully campy change in personality from Roger.

Squirm is definitely worth seeing for anyone with a taste for lower-budget 1970s horror, and at times is quite a gem. Just don't set your expectations too high (but really, who would for a film like this?)

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