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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:
Nature strikes back in a big way! See more (101 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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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:
Sylvester Stallone eagerly pursued the casting agents for the part of Roger, and Martin Sheen was briefly attached to the project to play Mick.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Geri and Mick are hurrying away in Geri's station wagon - there is a squealing sound made by the tires, but at the same time, a close up of the tires shows they are on dirt/grass.See more »
Quotes:
Sheriff:[making love to his girl in an empty jail cell] How do you like the accomodations?
The Sheriff's Girl:Just fine, honey!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Meatus (2013) (V)See more »

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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Nature strikes back in a big way!, 16 June 2006
Author: AngryChair from Brentwood, USA

The 1970's saw a number of nature-strikes-back horror films, like Frogs (1972), Grizzly (1976), Empire of the Ants (1977), Day of the Animals (1977), and Prophecy (1979), but none that were quite as well-made and effectively frightening as this low-budget horror masterpiece!

Freak storm blows down power lines in a small Georgia town, and the resulting surge of voltage through the soil drives hordes of sand worms into a flesh-eating frenzy!

The debut film of director Jeff Lieberman, who would go on to make other great B thrillers like Blue Sunshine (1977) and Just Before Dawn (1981), Squirm is still one of his best. Lieberman wrote the story, which is clever and suspenseful, as it seems to enjoy its campy elements. The plot builds from a mysterious nature to a dark, claustrophobic climax. There's a number of memorably tense moments, such as the shower sequence and the infamous row boat sequence. Lieberman well uses the backwoods and swamps of coastal Georgia to convey a realistic setting and feverish summer atmosphere. Robert Prince's musical score is excellent, with some truly eerie and haunting themes that are perfect in conjunction with some of the dark sequences. The film also contains some of the early creations of a young Rick Baker, who does some awesome makeup effects that provide for more than one memorably creepy moment.

The cast of unknowns is quite good. Scardino is perfect as the out-of-towner hero who comes to visit his lady friend. Pearcy is attractive and genuine in her role as Scardino's southern girlfriend. R.A. Dow, Jean Sullivian, and Fran Higgins all make for perfect small-town characters.

Squirm is an undervalued film indeed. It's simply an unforgettable skin-crawler that never fails to entertain and thrill. It's above-average on all levels for a B horror film and is truly one of the best low-budget flicks of its time!

**** out of ****

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