Squirm (1976)

35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Jeff Lieberman.

Plot Summary

A powerful storm in Georgia brings down a power line. The electricity drives hundreds of earthworms to the surface, turning them into carnivorous killers that are soon attacking the locals in a nearby small town.


Directed by: Jeff Lieberman
© 1976 by The Squirm Company
The Edgar Lansbury/Joseph Beruh production of…
Executive Producers: Edgar Lansbury, Joseph Beruh
Producer: George Manasse
Written by: Jeff Lieberman
Director of Photography: Joseph Mangine
Film Editor: Brian Smedley-Aston
Music Composed by: Robert Prince
Location Sound: George Goen
Costumes by: Dianne Finn Chapman
Makeup: Norman Page
Makeup Design: Rick Baker
Special Effects: Bill Milling, Don Farnsworth, Lee Howard
Art Director: Henry Shrady
Filmed on location in Georgia [Port Wentworth, Georgia, USA]

Don Scardino (Mick)
Patricia Pearcy (Geri [Sanders])
R.A. Dow (Roger [Grimes])
Jean Sullivan (Naomi [Sanders])
Peter MacLean (Sheriff)
Fran Higgins (Alma [Sanders])
William Newman (Quigley)
Barbara Quinn (sheriff's girl)
Carl Dagenhart (Willie Grimes)
Angel Sande (Millie)
Carol Jean Owens (Lizzie)
Kim Iocouvozzi (Hank)
Walter Dimmick (Danny)
Leslie Thorsen (Bonnie)
Julia Klopp (Mrs Klopp)
Ralph Flanders (1st man at lunch counter)
Albert Smith (2nd man at lunch counter)
Jim Shirah (3rd man at lunch counter)
Harold Mumm (bus driver)
W.A. Lindblad (power line repairman)

Alternative Titles

I carnivori venuti dalla savana – Italy
Maskarna – Sweden
Matelijat – Finland
La nuit des verts géants – France
Squirm – Invasion der Bestien – West Germany

Extracts included in
Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988-1999)

See also
The Blob (1958)
Jaws (1975)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)



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