21 December 2014

Squirm (1976)
92 min.
Directed by Jeff Lieberman.
With Don Scardino, Patricia Pearcy, Fran Higgins, R.A. Dow, Jean Sullivan, Peter MacLean, William Newman, Barbara Quinn, Carl Dagenhart, Angel Sande, Carol Jean Owens.
Eminently watchable, captivating low budget entry from director Lieberman (1980's Just Before Dawn and 1977's Blue Sunshine).

In a rural town in Georgia, a raging thunderstorm causes some downed powercables to discharge electrical voltage into the ground, turning once harmless bloodworms into rabid flesh eating monsters!

Can visiting New Yorker Mick (Scardino) figure out what's happened here, and more importantly how to stop the voracious crawlers? Will he be able to protect his girlfriend Geri (Pearcy), or should they just make for the hills?

Sound crazy? 'Tis, but actually it's managed quite well thanks to the assured direction from Lieberman; there's also some creepy makeup effects by Rick Baker and a genuinely menacing atmosphere overall to make this one a winner.

Strike another one up for Lieberman, understandably well known for making exceptional gems on low budgets.

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