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Squirm

3.5 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • 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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009PY43
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,440 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Squirm" on IMDb

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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
SQUIRM released in cinemas 1976
set in rural GEORGIA state about an electrical storm that happens to Electricute all
Worms from underneath the Ground, making the worms mutate into Blood thirsty eating worms
and that is the plot basically
very very ridiculous silly plot

i remember first renting this film on VHS back in the 90's, just to watch for curiosity reasons
i found the film quite boring, the story line was very slow
and some Low budget Horror films are slow with the story line
but this film was the slowest in terms of plot/storyline (Jeff Lieberman mentions this in his interview on the extras)
i had to fast forward some of the scenes just to get to the kill scenes
the electrical storm scene didn't happen until maybe 30mins into the film
the kill scenes from the worms didn't start till about the 50min mark and the film only goes for 90mins if that
the Kill scenes by the massive blood eating worms are pretty Damn Good scenes
the Kill scenes are the Highlight of the film for very slow storyline
the special effects make-up looks really Good & can you believe it the make-up effects were done by none other than
RICK BAKER
the scene where the man in the boat get's eaten alive by the worms you see his face get eaten by the worms
very Graphic make-up to by Rick baker
SQUIRM must've been one of Rick baker's earliest films or maybe his first special makeup effects film.
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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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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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'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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I remember when I originally viewed this film in a theater in 1976 that people walked out during the attack scenes because it just freaked them out. There were a lot of "Ews!" and "Yucks" being gasped in the audience and rightfully so. This was a really effective little "nature gone amuck" horror film about the unlikeliest of killers: Earthworms, or rather, bloodworms, a breed of worm that can actually bite with pincers attached to their mouths. That it was based on an actual incident (but with a lot of liberties taken), just makes it all the more effective. The opening on-screen crawl explains it all: "Late in the evening of September 29, 1975, a sudden electrical storm struck around a rural sea coast area of Georgia. Power lines, felled by high winds, sent hundreds of thousands of volts surging into the muddy ground, cutting off all electricity to the small, secluded town of Fly Creek. During the period that followed the storm, the citizens of Fly Creek experienced what scientists believe to be one of the most bizarre freaks of nature ever recorded. This is the story...." We then view the opening credits, where a young girl on the soundtrack sings an eerie song with lyrics such as "I can hear the dark coming up the stairs" as we watch the storm knock down an electrical tower, sending a live electrical wire to touch the over-soaked ground with over 300,000 volts of electricity (we will see that live wire several times in the film), turning normal, everyday bloodworms into murderous little killers We hear the worms scream (actually electronically altered sounds of pigs squealing in a slaughterhouse) and see them in extreme close-up thanks to excellent macrophotography (which is very creepy and effective).Read more ›
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