I want to thank to fellow Retroist writer Doug McCoy’s Crazy, Creepy, Cool Movies Podcast for jogging my memory on this particular 1976 cult classic. Squirm didn’t come to our local drive-in when it was first released, it arrived in our neck of the woods a couple of years later and even then I didn’t get to see it. I can however vividly recall staring at the movie poster while standing in line at the concession stand…which how could a young boy like myself not be fascinated by that glossy poster hanging next to the condiment table? It is awesomely gross! By the way the Squirm poster was done by none other than theatrical poster extraordinaire Drew Struzan!
Much like Doug mentions on his podcast, the first time I was able to catch this movie was on TV and in my case it was a late Saturday Night watching it on our little color television thanks to a rather powerful set of rabbit ears. It was the same TV station, Tulsa 23, that I would watch everyday to get my fix of G.I. Joe, Transformers, and the Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers! They had two hosts for their Creature Features that for the life of me I can’t recall the names of but it was an older man and his rather bumbling son/friend. I need to see if any of their shows are online!
The movie Squirm did a number on me…I’ve always had a fear of snakes…and after watching Squirm I could add worms to that list. It’s a cheesy B-movie to be sure but some of my favorite films are certainly lumped into that category. It is certainly worth your time if you are a fan of 70s “animals gone mad” horror flicks like Food of the Gods or Day of the Animals!
When you have time make sure to check out Doug’s podcast by clicking on the link above for his own memories on the film. Thanks as always to IMP Awards for the theatrical poster image up top.