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Squirm (1976)

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

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Noite do Terror Rastejante See more »

Filming Locations:

Port Wentworth, Georgia, USA

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Box Office

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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Trivia

R.A. Dow, who played Roger, was a Method actor and lived in Port Wentworth, Georgia, for a few weeks before the shoot began so he could develop a feel for the local character. See more »

Goofs

When the Sheriff is eating dinner in the restaurant, a piece of spaghetti appears, disappears, then reappears again on his fork between shots. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff: If your daddy was alive he'd tan your fanny!
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Alternate Versions

Squirm was heavily edited for its appearance on Mystery Science Theater 3000 in 1999. Among the many scenes cut from the film was the scene of Mick trudging through the swamp, the conversation between Mick and Alma, the worms graphic attack on Roger, the gruesome fate of Mrs. Sanders, and the climax where Roger crawls after Mick and attempts to bite him. See more »

Connections

Featured in AIP: Fast and Furious (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

A Million Ways to Love You
(uncredited)
Music by Robert Prince
Lyrics by Hal Hackady
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Good--for what it is
2 June 2004 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

A vicious storm downs a power line near a very small Georgia town. It (somehow) drives all the worms crazy and turns them into vicious man-eaters! The town is cut off from civilization and the worms attack...

The plot is just silly (flesh-eating WORMS? Come on!) but the film never takes itself TOO seriously. A lot of the dialogue is very tongue in cheek, and there are LOTS of close-ups of screaming worms (news to me--I didn't know worms could scream). So it's really hard to take any of this seriously.

The acting is all pretty bad (even Jean Sullivan the one "name" in the cast) and the plot moves in fits and starts. And it does take a while to really get going. But when the attacks happen things really get going. There are some pretty good, if disgusting, special effects (one VERY disturbing scene shows worms burrowing into a guys FACE) and seeing literally MOUNTAINS of worms squirming around is kind of queasy.

It you take this film literally you're gonna hate it. But if you accept it for the low-budget, slightly campy film it is you'll probably have a fairly good time. Worth seeing at least once for the gruesome special effects.

I saw the PG rated one on cable which (I heard) is one minute shorter than the R rated one. Purportedly all that's missing is some minor nudity (some of which was in the PG one) and some swearing. All the gore is still there.


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