The Worm Eaters (1977)

 |  Comedy, Horror  |  27 July 1977 (USA)
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Herman Umgar, a German hermit, has an ability to communicate with worms. One day the mayor of the town runs him off his property, so in revenge he plants worms in everybody's food. However,... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Herb Robins ...
Herman Umgar
Lindsay Armstrong Black
Joseph Sacket
Robert Garrison
Muriel Cooper
Mike Garrison ...
Arnold Manhoef
Carla Ziegfeld
Barry Hostetler ...
David McGrath
Claudette Wells
Cynthia Negri
Terry Smulen
Fred C. Dobbs
Shelley Golden
Emmett McGuire


Herman Umgar, a German hermit, has an ability to communicate with worms. One day the mayor of the town runs him off his property, so in revenge he plants worms in everybody's food. However, these worms are a special breed of mutant worms from the Red Tide, and when the people eat them they are transformed into giant worms themselves. These worm-people also become Herman's slaves. What will the remaining do? Written by Parca Mortem <>

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27 July 1977 (USA)  »

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Die Wurmfresser  »

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The white foamy substance used in the worm transformation scenes and towards the end where Herman Umgar himself becomes a worm is standard Barbasol® brand shaving cream. See more »


When Umgar first meets Heidi, a pickup truck in the background sometimes has its hood up and sometimes down between shots. See more »


Herman Umgar: I'll rip your tongue off and slap ya silly with it!
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Edited into Out of this World Super Shock Show (2007) See more »


You'll End Up Eating Worms
Written by David Newman (as David L. Newman)
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2 September 2007 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Bad-movie lovers, beware …. Your standards will have to be set extremely low in case you want to remotely enjoy Herb Robins' "The Worm Eaters". This movie, produced by one of the über-gurus of crap cinema Ted V. Mikels – is BEYOND bad! It has an irredeemably dumb plot, a totally incoherent narrative structure, humorist elements that are horrid and horror elements that are painfully hilarious. It's easily one of the worst movies ever made, and it is truly incomprehensible how the hell it managed to build up a rather solid cult status over the years. Probably this exclusively has to do with the fact that Herb Robins insisted on using real, live worms for the on screen consumption. Much of the footage is just close-ups of people (often with really terrible dental hygiene) slurping down & chewing up worms, and the only goal is to disgust and gross-out the audience. Robins himself stars as the dim-witted hermit Umgar, living in a lakeside shed in a corrupted little town. He collects and breeds worms … and then feeds them to his opponents, like the town's council members that want to evict him and reclaim the lake zone. The consumption of the worms somehow transforms people into man-worm hybrids. "The Worm Eaters" introduces a seemingly endless series of demented supportive characters and – obviously – all the actors and actresses overact incredibly. The make-up effects are pathetic, as the hybrid monsters are simply imbeciles tightly wrapped in filthy brown sleeping bags and desperately trying not to use their feet when they crawl through the mud. But, as wrong as it may sound, the film isn't entirely without merit and there really are a couple of positive elements. Like the goofy but cheerful theme music ("You'll end up eating worms"), the creative animated opening credits and some of the gags that look like Benny Hill sketches. In conclusion, "The Worm Eaters" will undoubtedly one of the most bizarre low-budget, Z-grade schlock productions you'll ever encounter, so be careful who you recommend it to.

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