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Squirm (1976)

Don Scardino , Patricia Pearcy , Jeff Lieberman  |  R |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Don Scardino, Patricia Pearcy, R.A. Dow, Jean Sullivan, Peter MacLean
  • Directors: Jeff Lieberman
  • Writers: Jeff Lieberman
  • Producers: Edgar Lansbury, George Manasse, Joseph Beruh
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2003
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009PY43
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,359 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Squirm" on IMDb

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The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out...and to their ravenous intent, they leave no doubt! A truly frightening account of an infestation of biting worms, Squirm is guaranteed to make you dojust that (Los Angeles Times)! When a powerful storm knocks Fly Creek, Georgia's power lines down onto wet soil, the resulting surge of electricity drives large, bloodthirsty worms to the surfaceand then out of their soil-tilling minds! Soon, the townspeople discover that their sleepy fishing village is overrun with worms that burrow right into their skin! Inundated by hundreds of thousands of carnivorous creatures, the terrorized locals race to find the cause of the rampagebefore becoming tilled under themselves!

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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worm Wrangling June 12, 2001
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
As a 22 year old fresh out of college, I jumped at the chance to go to Savvanah Georgia for the winter and work as production assistant on this film. I ended up being the worm wrangler for the millions of "blood worms" the production shipped in from New York for the live worm effects. We also had a couple of tons of fake plastic worms shipped in from Hong Kong (I still have some. E-Bay anyone?).
What a hoot to work on the film. All of the "authentic" southern actors were actually from Brooklyn (except the sheriff, who was the real sheriff of the town the movie was shot in). Notable actors were the guy who did the Hebrew National commercial (We answer to a higher authority) and Don Scardino who survived this blot on his career to become a well known Broadway actor and producer. The writer was a jewish kid from the Bronx, (went on to do the film "Orange Sunshine" about Yuppies who ate bad acid (and years later ate their kids and family members!)so so much for that "authentic" southern dialouge.
Best story: I lived in the house used in the production. It was way out in the georgia woods and one day two locals came by to see what was going on. Dressed in their best overalls and spitting tobacco, they had a whisky still a few hundred yards away and were concerned about all the people in the neighborhood giving away their location.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A DVD zone IT'S SMALL BUT IT BITES March 17, 2004
I've always liked this movie. Not because I'm particularly interested in the fascinating life of our little friends -the insects- or because I'm a curious fisherman; no, simply because SQUIRM is an above average B movie with great horror scenes and well written characters.
A scene will, if it's necessary, show you a bit of director Jeff Lieberman's know-how. Near the beginning of the movie, the main character being quietly speaking to his girl-friend, a terribly long worm (yeech !) quickly crawls down the wall behind him. Without his noticing. You spend the rest of the scene wondering whether the worm will attack the hero. Stressing.
The copy presented in this MGM DVD is perfect and deserves to stay in your library if you're interested in cult movies.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worm your way toward the 'Add to Cart' button! September 1, 2003
'SQUIRM' is a fun little Drive-In-style horror flick that plays it straight, while having a load of fun along the way. The wonderful commentary by the director mentions the fact that 'MST3K' didn't need to parody the film on their show, when the film was a 'goof' from the start. I couldn't agree more. This film does what movies like 'Scream' did several years later, quite successfully: It sends up the horror genre, without, dumbing down to its audience or having too many "wink-wink" moments. The film uses close-ups of real "monster" worms and has a memorable moment with early Rick Baker effects: "Worm Face." All in all a very fun movie written and directed by Jeff Lieberman, who this fan hopes will make more movies very soon!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Horror Flick about Hostile Worms Ever Made! September 26, 2007
By Wuchak
After the incredible success of Jaws in 1975 "nature runs amok" flicks became real popular for the next decade or so; in fact, they're still being made. "Squirm" was released one year after "Jaws" in 1976.

THE PLOT: A storm downs power lines in a small Georgia town, electrifying the wet mud and unleashing millions of 10-18 inch sand worms of the area. City slicker John Scardino (Mick) comes into town to visit redhead Patricia Pearcy (Geri), eldest daughter of widow Jean Sullivan. A slow-witted local hick (Roger) is attacked by the worms and goes mad as he aids the slimey creatures in their "attack" on the citizens. Supposedly based on an actual event that occurred September 29, 1975.

The first time I saw "Squirm" I was about 13 or 14 years old and high as a kite (something I don't do anymore) and, man, it scared the you-know-what out of me! I was completely taken in by the story, the eerie mood and deep-South atmosphere. I was ENTRANCED. Seeing it again as an adult (and sober), it's understandably not as scarey or captivating as when I first saw it, but that first viewing won my utmost and eternal respect.

"Squirm" was actually filmed in the deep South, in Port Wentworth, Georgia (just North of Savannah), and all the actors go overkill with the whole "Southern" bit, so the film definitely has a real authentic Southern feel.

It's generally slow-paced but that's okay because it's only 92 minutes long. It has loads of atmosphere and a few really good frightning scenes, like when the worms attack Roger's face while fishing in a rowboat with Geri. The story is not campy at all; it's pretty much presented in all seriousness; and the acting by the main characters is believable and good (not so much with the peripheral characters).
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Movie Squirm(Fact Or Fiction) February 25, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I really enjoyed watching this movie when I first saw it in the 1980's when I was around 17 years old,I am glad to finally own the video.I guess that the scariest concept of the movie(that is never discussed anywhere)is that at the beginning it states that it is based on a true story.
I guess after checking a map of Georgia I found that Fly Creek does not exist in the state.I am wondering if the placement of the movie might of been changed to Fly Creek to avoid any curious Fans of the movie.
I have always been curious if anyone knew anything about the supposed true story that this movie is based on....
I rate this movie at the highest rating not only because the makeup effects were done by the Famous Makeup Artist Rick Baker but also because of the Haunting musical score(A little boy singing a song).
The Movie Squirm is a good movie to rent but a better movie to own and a great movie to watch when it gets dark outside and every bump or noise you hear gives you the Willies.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Weren't no big deal!
God help me, I love this movie. It sort of reminds me of the little hick town I grew up in when I was "knee high to a duck". Read more
Published 10 days ago by Bill
4.0 out of 5 stars The worm has turned.
This movie scarred me as a kid. Watching a backwoods hick pawing at a young, lovely girl in a boat out on a small lake was disconcerting for a little kid but to have him knocked... Read more
Published 2 months ago by THowerton
4.0 out of 5 stars squirm
I saw this as a kid, bought the dvd. Great low budget horror movie, nothing spectacular, just simple fun time waster.
Published 2 months ago by lance ramrod
3.0 out of 5 stars The Worms are coming!! Prepare!!
In 1976, this little "gem" of the creature gone mad theme of the decade came out. I was 9 when I saw it for the first time on local tv one night and it did put some creepy crawly... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Leland D. Petty
4.0 out of 5 stars Squirming... in pleasure!
Thought I should pick up Jeff Lieberman's first feature before it went out of print and started getting hawked on eBay at outrageous prices. Read more
Published 8 months ago by lrobhubbard
4.0 out of 5 stars Slowly paced, but the ending delivers...
"Squirm" is a low-budget, 1976 thriller film about a swampy area and town being taken over by worms. That's it. That's the plot. I'm sorry I had to give it away. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Leslie Karen Rigsbey
1.0 out of 5 stars Why I disliked this purchase
Why I disliked this purchase
Listed under Mystery Science Theater 300--but was not.. I complained and seller basically said--"buyer beware"--since it wasn't listed AS... Read more
Published 10 months ago by C. Mason
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch and re-watch
Classic horror movie from my youth. I loved it then and I love it now. This was back when movies had real plot and not just a bunch of gore and special effects. Read more
Published 12 months ago by LeAndre Hooks
5.0 out of 5 stars squirm!!!
This was the first Scary movie I went to. I purchased this for my kids to watch to show them how far technology in movies have advanced. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Dana
2.0 out of 5 stars Attack of the Italian Spaghetti Monsters
It may have been a chiller back in the 70s, but this classic has turned into a tongue-in-cheek comedy. There were so many flaws in the plotline... Read more
Published 23 months ago by PR GUY
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