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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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An inmortal film of our time...


Comedy | Horror

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27 July 1977 (USA)  »

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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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References All Through the Night (1941) See more »


Happy Birthday
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Performed by the cast
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Obnoxious, Repugnant, Offensive, Lame, Disgusting And Deplorable
16 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of my beloved movie bibles, "The Time Out Film Guide," calls Herb Robins' 1977 gross-out horror comedy "The Worm Eaters" "a truly disgusting film." Reason enuff for any aficionado of bad cinema to rent it out in a flash, right? Unfortunately, this movie is not so much disgusting as it is truly awful, and every element of the cinematic arts--acting, directing, scripting, photography, editing, scoring--is rock-bottom deplorable here. "Director/writer" Robins himself plays Umgar, a clubfooted worm breeder who talks to his little squirmy darlings, calls them by name, and takes decided action when some slimy land developers try to push him off his turf; namely, he puts his pets in the local town's food. Thus, we are treated to various loudmouthed (every character in this flick seems to scream his or her lines obnoxiously), truly ugly personages eating spaghetti & worms, hot dogs & worms, ice cream & worms, cake & worms, and even worms & worms with his/her mouth wide open and in delectable close-up. For some reason never explained, these folks then turn into worm people themselves, and squeak and slither for the rest of the picture, supposedly hilariously. But not a single gag is the slightest bit funny here, many details go unexplained, Umgar's phony German accent is almost incomprehensible, the film's theme song is offensively and annoyingly catchy, and the net result is a film far worse than just about anything in the Ed Wood oeuvre. I've seen a lot grosser films, truth to tell, but none much worse; still, I wouldn't want to watch "The Worm Eaters" while scarfing down a bowl of linguini marinara!

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