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Squirm (1976)

Don Scardino , Patricia Pearcy , Jeff Lieberman  |  R |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 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: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009PY43
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,673 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Squirm" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worm your way toward the 'Add to Cart' button! September 1, 2003
Format:DVD
'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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24 of 31 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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A DVD zone IT'S SMALL BUT IT BITES March 17, 2004
Format:DVD
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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Memorable B-Movie, worth a rental, maybe a buy June 9, 2005
Format:DVD
This is a pioneer of the modern scary movies. This 1976 flick has the eerie start explaining the storms and happenings in the town. The worms are not particularly scary, but the characters are all well done and memorable. The sherrif in the movie may have been one of the early uses of the unhelpful sherrif. Friday the 13th would later go on to use this very effectively. The writer/director commentary adds a pleasurable second viewing. I rented this and would consider buying it. The use of real town citizens in the roles of the people in this small Georgia town added a lot to making the movie great. The effects were decent for the time, but overall, it is not close to be scary. Worms are just not that scary, but if you just enjoy interesting characters and want to be entertained watching a cheesy b-movie that tries hard, I think you will be happy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Like Worms? Squirm's got'em... August 2, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Touching tale of a Northern boy buying antiques down south in rural Georgia. He meets a sweet teen red-head and her neighbors, a mush-mouthed old worm farmer and his mealy-minded teen son. The Northern boy's presence sparks resentment in Fly Creek, where the worms live. Highlights of the film include writhing worms slithering through shower heads and unudulating en masse wherever they can, in bathtubs, living rooms, inside perishable human beings... Everything about this film is repulsive. When the film was made (mid-1970s), Jimmy Carter was still Governor of Georgia.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cult classic! October 8, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I have looked for this movie for so many years because it was one of my favorite all-time, scary/funny, drive-in movie. The special effects are so hokey-- yet they are great because they are what they are-- B-movie genius. This movie is a must-see movie for anyone who claims to be a cult movie fanatic. If you have not seen "Squirm," you have not experienced true art!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The worm turns December 27, 2007
Format:DVD
I suspect it was The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock ,rather than the giant bug movies of the previous decade,that really triggered the wave of creature features in the 1970's in which virtually every species on the planet took it in turns to threaten humankind.We had Frogs in the movie of the same name,bees in the absurd The Swarm ,giant rabbits in the pathetically unscary Night of the Lepus etc .In Squirm it is the turn of the humble worm to give the human species a tough time and the result is a splendid minor classic of the eco-horror genre .
The setting is Fly Creek,Georgia in the year 1975 .Power lines are dislodged in a storm which also sees many back roads flooded .The fallen wires are sending vast amounts of electricity into the earth and this transforms the worms into ravenous ,carnivorous little monsters who herd together to take on the humans.
The hero is a New Yorker ,Mick (Don Scardino)who is visiting an old friend ,Geri (Patricia Pearcy)and he is among the first to notice that all is not as it should be -there are worms in his chocolate soda;when he goes fishing he is bitten by a worm . Roger (R A Dow )the mentally challenged son of the local worm farmer Willie Grimes (Carl Dagenhart)is then atacked by a number of worms who burrow under his skin and Grimes is shortly thereafter killed by worms .When Mick tells the local Sheriff Boston (Peter MacLean)of his suspicions he is disbelieved .
In a very short while Mick and Geri are being besieged at home by millions of the devouring and slimy creatures .
The worm effects are by Rick Baker and they are excellent with the close up shots of people being engulfed by the brutes especially realistic looking (I do not recommend seeing this movie within an hour or so of eating spaghetti!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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... Read more
Published 7 days 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 9 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 16 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 20 months ago by PR GUY
3.0 out of 5 stars farfetched, but features some memorable mounds of worms...
In a kind of throwback to goofy 50's style creature features, electrically stimulated worms become a deadly menace in Squirm (1976), a mildly engaging tale, that despite an... Read more
Published 21 months ago by trebe
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun
This movie is a fun and entertaining experience. I don't understand some of the criticism this film receives. Read more
Published on May 29, 2012 by Anthony Iozzo
5.0 out of 5 stars I really love this film
I watched Squirm online recently & enjoyed it so much I bought a copy on Amazon. I remember the ad for it at the drive-in as a child. Read more
Published on April 12, 2012 by Chloe
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