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Squirm
Squirm
Actors: Don Scardino, Patricia Pearcy, R.A. Dow, Jean Sullivan, Peter MacLean
Director: Jeff Lieberman
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
R     2003     1hr 32min

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)...  more »

     

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Actors: Don Scardino, Patricia Pearcy, R.A. Dow, Jean Sullivan, Peter MacLean
Director: Jeff Lieberman
Creators: Joseph Mangine, Jeff Lieberman, Brian Smedley-Aston, Edgar Lansbury, George Manasse, Joseph Beruh
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 08/26/2003
Original Release Date: 07/30/1976
Theatrical Release Date: 07/30/1976
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 32min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Movie Reviews

Worm Wrangling
Pub. Def. | Torrance, CA USA | 06/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."
The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out
dej905 | Los Angeles, CA United States | 10/06/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Yes, the overall premise is laughably ridiculous. By all accounts, an electric current is enough to cause any worms to turn into soup rather than enrage them into having a taste for human flesh. Yes, there are holes in the plot you could drive a Mack truck through. Yes, the acting exhibited is nothing short of laugh-out-loud funny. And as listed in previous reviews, it takes a good 40 minutes before anything notworthy actually HAPPENS. With all of this, it stands to reason why MST3K lampooned Squirm on one of their episodes.So why the three star rating? Because regardless of all the above detriments, the sight of those millions of little wriggling worms filling up a bathtub, coming out of the waterpipes, and the extreme close up shots of their mandibles is enough to make you (pardon the pun) squirm in your seat. It ain't The Exorcist, that's for sure; but it was a fun, campy little movie. Even without Crow and Tom Servo's wisecracks."
Worm your way toward the 'Add to Cart' button!
John Cook | North Carolina | 09/01/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

"'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!"
Memorable B-Movie, worth a rental, maybe a buy
Movie Madman | Nashville, TN | 06/09/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"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."