Squirm

Overview

The success of Willard, in which a young man trained his pet rats to kill at his command, inspired a rash of horror films featuring animals run amok, including snakes (Stanley), frogs (Frogs) and even rabbits (Night Of The Lepus). Squirm was one of the more interesting films spun off this subgenre, in which a town is terrorized by bloodthirsty worms who've been angered by a downed power line during a rainstorm. Better than it sounds, and packs a few good scares (especially if ...
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Overview

The success of Willard, in which a young man trained his pet rats to kill at his command, inspired a rash of horror films featuring animals run amok, including snakes (Stanley), frogs (Frogs) and even rabbits (Night Of The Lepus). Squirm was one of the more interesting films spun off this subgenre, in which a town is terrorized by bloodthirsty worms who've been angered by a downed power line during a rainstorm. Better than it sounds, and packs a few good scares (especially if worms make you squeamish).
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A horror film about killer worms might sound like a goofy proposition, but Squirm manages to beat the odds. This film is genuinely involving thanks to the savvy touch of writer/director Jeff Lieberman; he never overplays the more outrageous elements of his premise, offsets his plot gimmicks with a self-deprecating sense of humor, and takes the time to build a mood of genuine creepiness. Better yet, he sets it all against an interesting Southern-town backdrop and populates it with likeably odd characters: Don Scardino makes an offbeat but very smart hero, Patricia Pearcy is charming as the distinctly Southern love interest, and Peter MacLean gives an amusing turn as the town's surly sheriff. Squirm is also very well crafted for a low budget film. Joseph Mangine's atmospheric photography makes effective use of natural light and Robert Prince contributes a creepy musical score that uses synthesizers to achieve an unnerving effect. Best of all, Squirm offers an intense third act full of scares and shocks that mean something because the viewer is emotionally invested in the fates of the characters. All in all, Squirm is an excellent example of the "revenge of nature" horror film, and well worth the time for buffs of the genre.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2003
  • UPC: 883904128496
  • Original Release: 1976
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Don Scardino Mick
Patricia Pearcy Geri
R.A. Dow Roger
Jean Sullivan Naomi
Peter MacLean Sheriff
Fran Higgins Alma
William Newman Quigley
Barbara Quinn Sheriff's Girl
Carl Dagenhart Willie Grimes
Technical Credits
Jeff Lieberman Director, Screenwriter
Rick Baker Makeup Special Effects
Joseph Berry Executive Producer
Joseph Beruh Executive Producer
Don Farnsworth Special Effects
Dianne Finn-Chapman Costumes/Costume Designer
Al Gramaglia Sound/Sound Designer
Lee Howard Special Effects
Edgar Lansbury Executive Producer
George Manasse Producer
Joseph Mangine Cinematographer
Bill Milling Special Effects
Norman Page Makeup
Norman Page Makeup
Robert Prince Score Composer
Henry Shrady Art Director
Brian Smedley-Aston Editor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2000

    A underated thriller!

    This movie is one of the finer horror flicks of the '70s and has been sadly forgotten over time. Though the idea of the movie seems somewhat unreal and maybe a poor reason to start a gore fest, the idea was based on fact. A simalar event took place in the state of Georgia (the movie's setting) a year before it was made. But it didn't go as far as causing worms to become killers. One stormy night, power lines fell and drove thousands of sandworms out of the ground in a coastal town. This was the idea for this unforgetable film. But the surge of power in the wet ground doesn't just drive them out, but sends them into a frenzy (in the movie of course)!!! I won't go any further into the plot than that, but will note a few chilling scenes. Worms coming out of a shower head, eating their way into a character's face, over runing a town. A great movie no horror fan should miss! Eye-poping effects, good acting, and good setting. Don't judge it by it's cover!

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