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½ April 23, 2017
A thunderstorm takes down the power lines in a small southern town and the electricity surging through the ground causes the local worms to go nuts. Strangely this includes worms that weren't actually in the ground. A local girl and her boyfriend visiting from New York try to convince ... yeah, you know how it goes. I like a few of Lieberman's films, quite a bit actually, but not this one. This suffers from uneven casting (including unappealing leads), a threat that doesn't really seem very credible for most of the film (dig the close-ups of screaming worms ... "Night of the Screaming Worms" is a better title), a plot that only kind of makes sense and choppy action.
February 22, 2017
A pretty dumb but funny B-movie. Enough said watch the MST3K version if you haven't!
Super Reviewer
½ June 28, 2016
It was entertaining enough to be watchable, the acting was OK, the premise wasn't too ridiculous and the special effects were thoughtful. This campy classic actually would be quite good on a Sunday afternoon
½ March 28, 2015
This has an interestingly enough story to stay tuned at first, but I wouldn't call it a "horror flick". It's more about a city boy who's unaccepted in a hick town where nobody but a country girl believes him. Things don't pick up until 13 minutes are left.
January 28, 2015
Daft and somewhat slow, but Squirm is still quite a bit of fun, especially if, like me, your a sucker for creature feature B-movies. There's certainly not anywhere near enough wormy action ("ahem") and no way is there the sort of level of gross gore i would have liked, in fact only one person gets properly eaten out on screen ("ahem") and everything takes fucking ages to happen, there are even points where you forget there are killer worms in it! but it's surprisingly well made and even decently acted, and the story goes off into unexpected routes (a murder mystery!) and i have to be honest, worms make my mind all bendy with clammy horror (no eyes! where are their eyes?!!!) and there are some gut churningly nightmarish scenes of real worms, those big screaming worm close-ups at the beginning, i couldn't watch.
December 6, 2014
A wicked final act makes up for the slow moving cheese that precedes it.
½ November 29, 2014
It's difficult to imagine Squirm being enjoyable without seeing it with the folks from Mystery Science Theater 3000. I'm also not a bit surprised that it was made by American International Pictures, who were the kings of the 'creepy crawlies' sub-genre of movies, especially after Jaws was such a huge hit. For the most part, they attempted to replicate Jaws' story mechanics in other films, but never did it very well. Squirm doesn't follow that formula though, and it's just an exercise in both boredom and ridiculousness. Again, if you're going to ever watch this, I recommend seeing the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version only. The movie by itself is a pile of trash, or in this case, worms.
November 26, 2014
Slow at spots and overall dull, the action takes longer to come than one would have expected and the characters are way too forced. Many sequences with the worms are pretty campy. The film ends pretty flatly as well.
May 1, 2014
This film doesn't want to teach you something. Just enjoy it like the B-serie movie it is, with its lengths and its good parts of horror. I had a good time the second half of the movie. Definitely deserves to be seen.
October 6, 2013
A slow painful B-movie with great special effects but the recycling of every shot becomes dull, this film is ruined by the poor casting. Ad hoc acting extras and effects are the only winners here.
August 1, 2013
A fairly low-rent, silly slice of shlock, but I'll give the filmmakers a bit of credit: there are a couple of legitimately icky gross-out moments that are kind of fun, and there's a touch of southern fried charm that sets it apart from the more bland horror offerings with similar themes of nature going haywire.
½ June 9, 2013
This has an interestingly enough story to stay tuned at first, but I wouldn't call it a "horror flick". It's more about a city boy who's unaccepted in a hick town where nobody but a country girl believes him. Things don't pick up until 13 minutes are left.
March 9, 2013
I can't remember this at all.
February 21, 2013
Killer worms, skeletons, ridiculous southern accents and an extra layer of cheese.
½ January 14, 2013
This has an interestingly enough story to stay tuned at first, but I wouldn't call it a "horror flick". It's more about a city boy who's unaccepted in a hick town where nobody but a country girl believes him. Things don't pick up until 13 minutes are left.
December 29, 2012
An excellent & imaginatively grotesque 70's killer animal winner--Nature strikes back in a big way!!
Super Reviewer
October 13, 2012
Squirm is Jeff Lieberman's cheesy tongue in cheek horror flick that displays a terrific twist on the nature gone wild genre of horror. Lieberman is a great director and he's able to deliver a fun and entertaining film that will surely please fans of the genre. Although cheesy, the film delivers good tension and is pretty creative in showcasing some terrific special effects. For its low-budget and the time period, Squirm is a stunning if imperfect film that still manages to be great fun despite the flaws. I thoroughly enjoyed Lieberman's third feature, the obscured Slasher Just Before Dawn, and he truly perfected his craft in the horror genre with that film. However Squirm is a fine debut and showcases the director's talent perfectly. This is the type of film that definitely should not be seen as serious. The film does have a special place in the sub genre of nature gone wild films, and is very entertaining from start to finish. If you love creature films, then this film is for you, and it is a must see for genre fans that like low budget tongue in cheek terror. This one film that is a terrific addition to the genre, and it most certainly is a good, underrated film that has enough entertainment value to keep you involved from the first frame onwards. Jeff Lieberman is a terrific director who has made some good little chillers and Squirm has that aspect which make his pictures a must see for horror fans everywhere. Sure Squirm is silly, but in the end that is what makes this flick so entertaining in the first place.
½ September 9, 2012
Worms are not scary until you see them close-up.
May 21, 2012
"Squirm', Jeff Lieberman's debut feature is a fun, little horror film about a small southern town that is terrorized by aggressive, blood-thirsty worms who've become hostile becomes of downed power lines disrupting them, after a massive storm. Being a film about Killer worms, the story builds very slowly, details about the worms being a real threat to the town are discovered by Geri and her out of town New-Yorker boyfriend, Mick. The film uses this outsider-trope to it's advantage as the two are quite isolated in their discoveries about the worms, mostly because of the town's folks unwillingness to/distrust towards Mick because of he's from the big city. This is a pretty fun little undercurrent of the film-the differences/prejudices which exist between the Southerners and Northerners. This is definitely Lieberman's least interesting film, but being his first, there are still a lot of nice indicators of the director he was capable of becoming, particularly with Blue Sunshine. For once, Lieberman's use of music and sound to instill horror and fear in the image is used to good effect throughout this film, with music often being instrumental in adding to the horror of the imagery. The very beginning of this film is a great example-an opening montage of lightning, strong winds and insects becoming increasingly hostile is a really strong merging of sight and sound. It's not a particularly scary film but considering what it's about, it could be considering how many extreme close-ups of slimey worms exist. I particularly was a fan of the boat sequence and the stuff towards the end where Lieberman shoots some sequences essentially from the worm's POV.
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