Squirm [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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- Standard blu-ray case (clear, not blue) with reversible sleeve - new artwork (which, while not exactly ugly, is weird) on one side, the classic US theatrical art on the other...that side also does not feature a BBFC certificate on the spine or the front, thankfully)
- Lavish 34 page booklet, featuring new writing on the film by Lee Gambin, author of the definitive "nature runs amok!" book, Massacred by Mother Nature: Exploring the Natural Horror Film, and a lengthy interview with director Jeff Lieberman conducted by Calum Waddell, interspersed with lots of pictures from the film (stills of these were leaked as screenshots of the disc, disappointingly!). Not as good of a booklet as the Deranged [Blu-ray] one, but very good.
- Blu-ray disc and Standard DVD, with complimentary artwork. I assume the following contents are on both, high definition not withstanding, but the DVD is worthless to me so I didn't check.
- High definition (1080p) presentation of SQUIRM, from the same uncut master as the MGM DVD released in the US in 2007 (a region 1 disc). Video is detailed and attractive hi-def, with strong vivid colours and the audio is two-channel mono, presented as a lossless PCM track (English subtitled included).
- Humourous and warm audio commentary by director Jeff Lieberman (this is the same one on the MGM DVD released in the US).
- Video Q and A with director Lieberman and star Don Scardino from New York's Anthology Film Archives, recorded in 2011 or 2012. Pretty funny and interesting.Read more ›
The setting, the characters it's all pretty dire especially when the most interesting character is a small town sheriff who probably is a member of the KKK in his spare time. The two lead characters are pretty shocking but i'll give the vote to Don Scardino perhaps and really no offense intended the most boring lead character to come out of a 70s horror movie. It's no wonder that he went on to become a director. Speaking of directors this one is overseen by Jeff Lieberman who actually if he were making a drama has directed well, but he is to blame for this mess given that he also wrote the movie. Squirm is filled with dialogue that goes nowhere and static scenes, when the worms do finally make their appearance you'll be well fed up by then. Roger the backswood hick probably gets the best death as the worms find there way under his skin, but its all a little hokum dokum after that, with a seriously anti climax finale too boot. Squirm should have been up there with some of the really well done strange horrors of its time such as THE CAR, PIRANHA etc etc, instead this is in truth a movie to be forgotten about.
Everything about this horror film in my opinion epitomises the Horror genre. The fact that most of the time when you see the worms, they are real. Any special FX scenes looked awesome even on my mobile.
Now I finally have it on Blu-Ray and can enjoy it on my 50" Plasma the film look brilliant. Though the picture has been cleaned up and restored by Arrow Film. It didn't take away from that classic horror film experience. I enjoyed it even more. I'm fascinated about seeing old films looking better than they did on release and 70s films such as this look the best.
Great colours, good depth to the picture and I love sound. It doesn't matter that it's not a modern 5.1 HD mix. Even when old films do get the surroundsound treatment I still like to view then with the original audio, so I get the full experience the cinema goers got when it first came out.
I love the fact Arrow Fill have done a reversible cover. The commissioned art you see here and the original movie poster on the other side. I currently have the original movie poster on display but I love both lots of art work.
This release also comes with a booklet full of facts about the film and an interview with the director. The bonus material is really good to. There is an interview with the director and male lead of the film having just screened the movie at a film festival or fan screening, I can't remember.
If you are starting your journey in to the world of horror films and have found the path to the classic genre where a lot of what you see today pays homage to. The Squirm should be your first port of call. A great film and a stunning Blu-Ray release.
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Don't be fooled into thinking that Squirm is some Lost Horror classic.It's Poor Acting and Terrible Effects (From Future FX Master Rick Baker) are bogged down by an Awful Story.Published 10 months ago by Mrs. D. Moncrieff
Filmed just after Texas Chainsaw Massacre and seems to copy it from the start. The script at the start, the close up of the sun, the sounds etc. Read morePublished 14 months ago by cb
This disc comes out from ARROW and it looks fantastic both on the picture and sound side.The story side i wont go into to much just to say a storm brings down a power line which... Read morePublished 16 months ago by B FAN