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The Worm Eaters (1977)

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 »

Director:

Herb Robins

Writers:

Herb Robins, Nancy Kapner (original story)
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Cast

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

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An inmortal film of our time...

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Comedy | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Wurmfresser See more »

Filming Locations:

Sierra Madre, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinema Features See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

Two old people and the chairs they're sitting on in one shot disappear in the next shot while the protesters are passing out pamphlets. See more »

Quotes

Herman Umgar: I'll rip your tongue off and slap ya silly with it!
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Connections

Referenced in A Cry in the Wild (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

You'll End Up Eating Worms
Written by David Newman (as David L. Newman)
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Obnoxious, Repugnant, Offensive, Lame, Disgusting And Deplorable
16 November 2007 | by ferbs54See 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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