Squirm is gleefully cheesy and although it is pretty bad, it’s one of those so bad, it’s good films which got ribbed on “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” although I would suggest watching this version first as the “MST3K” one edited out the gory parts. As a part of Shout’s Collector’s Edition line, it has a fair amount of features and the video/audio transfers are both well done.
Shout Factory | Unrated – 93 min. – $29.93 | October 28, 2014
When a powerful storm knocks Fly Creek, Georgia’s power lines down onto wet soil, the resulting surge of electricity drives large, bloodthirsty worms to the surface – and then out of their soil-tilling minds! Soon, the townspeople discover that their sleepy fishing village is overrun with worms that burrow right into their skin! Inundated by hundreds of thousands of carnivorous creatures, the terrorized locals race to find the cause of the rampage – before becoming tilled under themselves!
SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.0/5
This release not only comes with a matted slip cover, but the inner cover is reversible with the other side being the theatrical poster.
Audio Commentary – Writer/Director Jeff Lieberman sits down to recall making the movie everything from the opening crawl, and some minor disdain for “MST3K”, to working with the actors and shooting certain scenes.
Digging In: The Making of Squirm (33:11; HD) – This behind-the-scenes looks at the making of the movie and features new interviews with Writer/Director Jeff Lieberman and Actor Don Scardino as they recount their time making the movie. Note: Portions of Scardino’s interview is on the “MST3K” Turkey Day set.
Eureka! With Jeff Lieberman (7:04; HD) has the writer/director take us to the location where his idea was “hatched” (rather than just recounting it).
Also included is the Original Theatrical Trailer (1:56; HD), a TV Spot (0:55; HD), a Radio Spot (1:01) and a Still Gallery (2:11).
VIDEO – 4.0/5
Squirm slithers its way onto Blu-ray presented with a 1080p high-definition transfer and a 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio (the back cover mislabels it as 1.78). The picture actually isn’t half bad with good details, it’s relatively clean with no major artifacting or pixilation but there is the occasional dust mark and scratch, but it’s minimal and doesn’t take away from the viewing experience… such as it is. Colors appear to be well balanced though due to the era, it can come across as a bit bland.
AUDIO – 3.75/5
The disc includes a DTS-HD MA Mono track and actually isn’t half bad offering clear dialogue while the effects sometimes would top out, though nothing too bad. The score also comes through well enough and I have to think, Squirm never sounded better.
OVERALL – 3.0/5
Overall, Squirm is gleefully cheesy and although it is pretty bad, it’s one of those so bad, its good films which got ribbed on “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” although I would suggest watching this version first as the “MST3K” one edited out the gory parts. As a part of Shout’s Collector’s Edition line, it has a fair amount of features and the video/audio transfers are both well done.
Check out some more screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.