Squirm (Jeff Lieberman, 1976, USA)
Friday 14th November at 7.30pm (18 cert)
The Sallis Benney Theatre (University of Brighton, Grand Parade Building)
Electrified earthworms do battle with the scum of the earth in Jeff Lieberman’s revolt of nature classic! Set in rural Georgia, Squirm details the aftermath of a freak electrical storm that turns the town’s overabundant supply of earth worms into flesh devouring killers. When a city slicker (Don Scardino) ends up stranded in the region, he discovers the inhabitants to be as vicious as the insects threatening the local populous, and must battle against both in order to survive.
Featuring early SFX from Rick Baker, Squirm remains deliciously ‘old school’ in the treatment of its grisly subject matter. Devoid of any CGI to create the monstrous assault of the creatures, Lieberman instead relied on thousands of live earthworms, which adds an additional element of grisly realism to some of the film’s most disquieting scenes.
Before the screening of Squirm, Jeff Lieberman will be conducting onstage Q and A about the film and his cult career, before receiving his Cine-Excess Lifetime Achievement Award.
Screening of Squirm courtesy of Park Circus, with thanks to Arrow Films.