Monday, September 27, 2010

Squirm (1976)

Jeff Lieberman, director of the notorious 80's Slasher JUST BEFORE DAWN, offers up a squeamish good time in the 1976 'Nature Runs Amok' film SQUIRM! Supposedly based on a true events, SQUIRM follows two teens as they discover the skeleton of one of their friends on a rural farm. As more bodies begin turning up, the locals realize that the recent storms have knocked down the power lines and super-charged all of the town's earthworms, effectively turning them into carnivorous killers! Although it is impossible to take the film seriously due to the comical overacting and ridiculous plot, SQUIRM is filled with plenty of gooey gags that will make your skin crawl. The most memorable scenes have worms dripping out of a shower head, more filling an entire bathtub, and a literal living room that wriggles and breathes with over three-feet of creepy crawlers. SQUIRM's inventive special effects and make-up designs were created by a young Rick Baker, who allows the worms to eat their way under their victims skin and devour a man's innards. While it's nothing more than silly B-movie fodder, SQUIRM still packs in enough laughs and chills to make it worth the watch.

Rating: 6/10.

If you liked SQUIRM, check out:
SLUGS, CREEPY CRAWLERS, FROGS.

5 comments:

  1. I only remember bits of this movie, I saw it so long ago. The showerhead scene is probably the best, also the guy with the worms all over his face. I love these 70s era B horror flicks. Good gooey fun!

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  2. Carl, you know this is one of my favorite movies of all time. As I sit here right now, I sh*t you not, I am wearing a SQUIRM tshirt. So there.

    Luv ya. Hope you are well :)

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  3. Dude how ya been chica?? I thought you fell off the blogosphere for a while there, glad to hear from you! Ohh I was thinking of you when I was watching the flick, that is awesome that you are Squirming out right now, I would rock that T. Granted, I would need a guys shirt probably =D

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  4. I enjoyed 'Squirm' too, but for some reason it has acquired a reputation as being awful. Believe it or not, it only rates a 3.7 on IMDB. Its not as accomplised as Lieberman's 'Blue Sunshine', which was released before 'Squirm', but in the same year. This is a solid 'Revolt of Nature' film, and good fun.

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  5. It isn't incompetently made by any means, the characters are pretty weak and its definitely a silly film, but how can any Horror fan rightfully hate a film where killer worms eat the locals? I hate to admit it, but I prefer Slugs over Squirm lol..

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