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Squirm (1976)

PG | | Horror | 30 July 1976 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Jeff Lieberman

Writer:

Jeff Lieberman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Barbara Quinn ... Sheriff's Girl
Carl Dagenhart ... Willie Grimes
Angel Sande Angel Sande ... Millie
Carol Jean Owens Carol Jean Owens ... Lizzie
Kim Iocouvozzi Kim Iocouvozzi ... Hank
Walter Dimmick Walter Dimmick ... Danny
Leslie Thorsen Leslie Thorsen ... Bonnie
Julia Klopp Julia Klopp ... Mrs. Klopp
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Storyline

In Fly Creek, a storm knocks down the power lines, transforming worms in mutant creatures. Mick travels from New York to meet his girlfriend Geri Sanders and stays at her home with her mother Naomi Sanders and her sister Alma Sanders. On the arrival, Mick has a friction with Sheriff Jim Reston and with Geri's neighbor Roger Grimes that woos her. Soon they find that Fly Creek is infested of carnivorous worms that are devouring the inhabitants, but Sheriff Reston believes it is a prank of Mick. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

An avalanche of killer worms...writhing across the land in a tidal wave of terror! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

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Trivia

On the region-1 DVD commentary of the film, Jeff Lieberman says that the old farmhouse used for Mr. Beardsley's home during the shoot is known as one of the most infamous haunted houses in Georgia. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie when Roger is attacking Mick, you can clearly see lights on in the house, even though all the power is supposed to be out. See more »

Quotes

Mick: If you'd just come with us, I can show you where it happened.
Sheriff: [impatiently] Now, listen, fella, there's a lot of spaghetti here. It may take us 10, 15 minutes to finish it. That's a bigger head start than you deserve.
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Alternate Versions

This movie was initially rated R by the MPAA and released theatrically in that form in the US. Shortly after this initial theatrical release, the US distributor, American International Pictures, made some minor cuts to the picture and re-submitted it to the CARA. This new cut of the picture received a PG-rating and, subsequently, was also released theatrically by A.I.P. No additional edits were made specifically for the U.S. video release. The R-rated version has a slightly longer shot in the shower in the beginning of the film, and a slightly longer shot of the worms burying into Roger's face. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Burning Hell (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

A Million Ways to Love You
(uncredited)
Music by Robert Prince
Lyrics by Hal Hackady
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Absolute Best of the 70's "Insect" movies.
13 May 2003 | by jnsavage3See all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Port Wentworth, Georgia, USA

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Budget:

$470,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Squirm Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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