Squirm (film)

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Squirm
Squirmposter.jpg
Directed byJeff Lieberman
Produced byGeorge Manas
Written byJeff Lieberman
StarringDon Scardino
Patricia Pearcy
R.A. Dow
Jean Sullivan
Peter MacLean
Fran Higgins
William Newman
Barbara Quinn
Music byRobert Prince
CinematographyJoseph Mangine
Editing byBrian Smedley-Aston
Distributed byAmerican International Pictures
Release date(s)July 30, 1976 (USA)
Running time93 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
BudgetUnknown
Box officeUnknown
 
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Squirm
Squirmposter.jpg
Directed byJeff Lieberman
Produced byGeorge Manas
Written byJeff Lieberman
StarringDon Scardino
Patricia Pearcy
R.A. Dow
Jean Sullivan
Peter MacLean
Fran Higgins
William Newman
Barbara Quinn
Music byRobert Prince
CinematographyJoseph Mangine
Editing byBrian Smedley-Aston
Distributed byAmerican International Pictures
Release date(s)July 30, 1976 (USA)
Running time93 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
BudgetUnknown
Box officeUnknown

Squirm is a 1976 "nature-strikes-back" horror film starring Don Scardino and Patricia Pearcy. It was the debut of cult horror director Jeff Lieberman and remains the director's most popular film. Squirm also features early makeup work from Oscar-winning makeup artist Rick Baker. The film was shot over the course of 24 days in Port Wentworth, Georgia.

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Plot

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 surface and out of their soil-tilling minds. The townspeople soon 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 rampage before becoming tilled under themselves.

Cast

Release

The film was released theatrically in the United States by American International Pictures in July 1976.[1]

This movie was initially rated R by the MPAA and released theatrically in that form in the U.S. Shortly after this initial theatrical release, the U.S. distributor, American International Pictures, made some minor cuts to the picture and resubmitted it to the CARA. This new cut of the picture received a PG rating and, subsequently, was also released theatrically by AIP. No additional edits were made specifically for the U.S. video release. The R-rated version has a slightly longer shot in the shower in the beginning of the film, and a slightly longer shot of the worms burrowing into Roger's face.

Home media

The film was released on DVD by MGM Home Entertainment in 2003.[2] The MGM re-release VHS contains the PG version, while the DVD contains the R version. The R-rated version is one minute longer than the PG-rated version.

Reception

Influence

Squirm was a popular late-night feature on SuperStation TBS in the 1980s after Atlanta Braves baseball games. Braves announcer Skip Caray famously "promoted" the movie by sarcastically offering Braves fans an autographed baseball if they actually stayed up to watch it, then sent in a review of it. TBS received over 1000 reviews in response.

Pittsburgh musician Weird Paul Petroskey created an entire album, Worm in my Egg Cream, dedicated to the "worm in the egg cream" scene. All 16 tracks on the album are titled "Worm in My Egg Cream" and it makes extensive use of samples from the film.

In 1999, Squirm was one of the final films to be featured on the cult TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000. The film was heavily edited for its MST3K appearance. Among the many scenes cut was the scene of Mick trudging through the swamp, the conversation between Mick and Alma, the worms' graphic attack on Roger, the gruesome fate of Mrs. Sanders, and the climax where Roger crawls after Mick and attempts to bite him.

References

  1. ^ "Company Credits for Squirm". imdb.com. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  2. ^ "Squirm". mgm.com. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 

External links

Mystery Science Theater 3000