11/7/11

Squirm (1976)

An avalanche of killer worms... writhing across the land in a tidal wave of terror!

Squirm
Well, at least the poster art is good.  Unfortunately almost everything else about this movie is pretty goddamn bad.  Not bad in a completely horrible I want to tear my eyeballs out kind of way, but more of a wasted potential kind of bad.  It's a movie about killer freakin' worms, after all!  It could have been one of the greatest movies ever!  Ever!  Maybe my expectations were too high.

So basically a massive storm rolls through hillbilly country and knocks over some power lines. The electricity surging through the ground mutates the worms and makes them eat people for some reason or another. 

After this doozy of a storm, Mick (Don Scardino) who's a nerdy and bespectacled city slicker travels down to Yokelville to visit his lady friend, Geri (Patricia Pearcy).  I think the town's actual name was Fly Creek, but whatever.  The townsfolk are wary of strangers and the sheriff takes an immediate dislike to the city kid.  Also, one of the inbred locals has taken a shine to Geri and sees Mick as a threat to his perceived future happiness with the lovely ginger lady.  And then people start getting eaten by worms.  That's pretty much it.  The people don't like Mick.  The inbred hick doesn't like Mick.  The sheriff doesn't like Mick.  And the worms want to eat everybody.

The violence/gore is minimal and so is the nudity.  We do get to see a couple of quick glimpses of Patricia Pearcy's perky little boobies, but that's all.  What gore there is is actually done quite well, and I give props to the special effects artists.  The acting is also better than average, especially for a film of this budget and scope.  So, Squirm does have that going for it but overall it's still a terrible film.

Also, Mystery Science Theater 3000 did a version of this movie so it might be worth tracking down.  I haven't seen it but it's MST3K so it has to be good.  Right?  Anybody?

What is my overall impression of this film you may ask.  It's a bad movie and I recommend it.

Violence Rating/Index: 2 out of 5
Booby Rating/Index: 2 out of 5  - Click to see the nude scenes.


"How's about I stick my worm in yer fish-hole."

12 comments:

GADAFINY said...

The trailer looks pretty cool

The Angry Lurker said...

I feel the same way.

GT said...

Looks great!

Melanie said...

Well....good to know. I do rather enjoy that poster art too.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Well I don't think I'm going to run out and find this one, but it is nice to see you posting again Banacek!

Jay said...

that's almost a boobie right there...

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

Worms don't exactly instill terror like a maniac with a chainsaw, until you see the screen shot of them digging in to that mans face and apparently eating his brains.

Henry said...

Welcome back good sir! Mutated worms eh? I expected no less from you.

Shutterbug said...

I'm glad that you are getting back to this blogging business! the blog world misses you!

D4 said...

It's bad and you recommend it. Well you know what, I'll stay away. That was a mind trick because I secretly want to see it a little. Especially after the worm face screenshot.

Gryt said...

Yum worms. I had a friend who saw this, he said it could've been so much better as well

My 2 Pesos said...

I'm watching this film right away. (:

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