Squirm is a cult classic, because its premise is utterly ridiculous. A town is under siege by an army of killer works, surfaced by a downed power line that apparently nobody thought to contact AEP about. Seriously, that line flopped around and spat sparks for what? Days? It didn’t set any fires, and nobody thought that it was something that probably needed to be taken care of? In all seriousness, worms are creepy little crawling assholes, and a movie about killer worms is going to make most viewers feel a little uneasy. I know it certainly had that effect on me, and based on the fact that almost 40 years later, we’re still talking about it, I have a hard time believing that I’m alone. Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of the film will serve multiple purposes. It will allow those of us old enough to remember it, to revisit an uncomfortable viewing experience from our youth, and it will give allow newer genre fans to carve another notch in their horror-movie-bedpost.
From the Press Release:
It was a violent summer storm. Millions of volts slashed the earth, sending hundreds of thousands of writhing, seething creatures, oozing out of the mire hungry for human flesh. It was the night of the crawling terror for the residents of Fly Creek in the 1976 horror cult classic SQUIRM from celebrated horror filmmaker Jeff Lieberman (Just Before Dawn, Blue Sunshine). This sought-after creature thriller stars Don Scardino (director, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, 30 Rock), Patricia Pearcy (Delusion), R.A. Dow and Jean Sullivan (Escape in the Desert) and features gory make-up effects from Oscar®-winning artist Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London, Planet of the Apes, The Wolfman).
On October 28, 2014, SCREAM FACTORY™ is proud to present SQUIRM Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on home entertainment shelves everywhere. Arriving for the first time on Blu-ray™, this highly anticipated release contains insightful bonus content, as well as a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible cover wrap with original theatrical key art. A must-have for creature horror enthusiasts and movie collectors, SQUIRM Collector’s Edition is priced to own at $29.93 SRP.
Despite a few minor complaints, though, Squirm held up surprisingly well in most regards. Yes, there’s some “bad” acting, and yes the accents are almost unbearable, but that doesn’t make it any less creepy. This is one of those late-Seventies films that knows how to play around with things we find repulsive in nature, and make us fear them even more. Squirm was directed by Jeff Lieberman, who has made some really solid genre fare that fans are still talking about today. it’s an acquired taste, but he made one of my favorite Halloween-themed horror films, that I watch every single October(Satan’s Little Helper). Squirm, even though it was made well before most of his other well-known works, retains that Lieberman style. It’s a cult classic in every sense of the word, and perfect October viewing. Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of Squirm, is released JUST in time for Halloween, on October 28th. I would highly recommend purchasing this disc, because you’re going to want it in your archive. The picture quality is outstanding, as is the audio presentation, and there are a wealthy share of bonus features to be perused. This Collector’s Edition from Scream Factory is an all-around impressive package. Must-own material. So, go. Own it.
The EDGAR LANSBURY-JOSEPH BERUH Production
Starring DON SCARDINO PATRICIA PEARCY R.A. DOW JEAN SULLIVAN
Executive Producers EDGAR LANSBURY & JOSEPH BERUH
Producer GEORGE MANASSE Music Composed by ROBERT PRINCE
Written and Directed by JEFF LIEBERMAN
- Audio Commentary by Writer/Director Jeff Lieberman
- NEW – EUREKA! – a look at where the idea for SQUIRM came from with Jeff Lieberman
- NEW – DIGGING IN – interviews with writer/director Jeff Lieberman and actor Don Scardino
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spot
- Still Gallery
1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)/DTS-HD Master Audio Mono /1976/93 minutes