William Malone (director)
William Malone is an American horror filmmaker who directed such films as the 1999 remake House on Haunted Hill, Scared to Death and FeardotCom. Malone was born in 1953 in Lansing, Michigan where, during high school, he played in a Beatles-inspired garage band called The Plagues; the band released several 45 rpm singles on their own label Quarantined Records and on Fenton Records, an independent record label. Malone moved to California at age 19 to pursue a career in music. However, after a friend's encouragement, Malone found himself getting involved in film and working a job at Don Post Studios, doing makeup and costume work. After attending UCLA film school, Malone soon thereafter directed his first film, Scared to Death. After which he directed various films. Malone is considered the world's foremost collector of Forbidden Planet memorabilia. Scared to Death Creature Freddy's Nightmares - "Lucky Stiff" Tales From The Crypt: Only Skin Deep W. E. I. R. D. World House on Haunted Hill FeardotCom Masters of Horror - "Fair-Haired Child" Parasomnia Masters of Horror William Malone on IMDb William Malone's official website
An American Werewolf in London
An American Werewolf in London is a 1981 British-American horror comedy film written and directed by John Landis and starring David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne. The film tells the story of two American students and Jack, who are attacked by a werewolf while on a backpacking holiday in England; the film was released by Universal Pictures in the United States on August 21, 1981, the same year as werewolf movies The Howling and Wolfen. It was a critical and commercial success, winning the 1981 Saturn Award for Best Horror Film and the Academy Award for Best Makeup. Since its release, it has become a cult classic. A loosely connected sequel, An American Werewolf in Paris, was released by Hollywood Pictures in 1997. Two American backpackers, David Kessler and Jack Goodman, are trekking across the moors in Yorkshire; as darkness falls, they stop. Jack notices a five-pointed star on the wall, but when he asks about it, the pub-goers stop talking and become hostile; the pair decide to leave.
Instead, the local pub-goers only warn them to keep to the road, stay clear of the moors and beware of the full moon. David and Jack end up wandering off the road onto the moors, where they hear sinister howls, which seem to be getting closer. Meanwhile, the crowd in the pub refuse to go after them, they realise that they're now lost. The boys are attacked by a werewolf, Jack is killed; the attacker is shot by some of the pub-goers, who have come out to search for the boys, but instead of a dead animal, David sees the corpse of a naked man lying next to him. David is taken to a hospital in London; when David wakes up three weeks he does not remember what happened. He is interviewed by police Inspector Villiers who tells him he and Jack were attacked by an escaped lunatic. David insists they were attacked by a large dog or wolf. Jack appears to David as a ghost, explains they were attacked by a werewolf, that David is now a werewolf. Jack urges David to kill himself before the next full moon, not only because Jack is cursed to be a ghost for as long as the bloodline of the werewolf that attacked them survives, but to prevent David from inflicting the same fate on anyone else.
Not David does not believe him, thinking that Jack is a hallucination. Meanwhile, Dr. Hirsch takes a road trip to the Slaughtered Lamb to see if what David has told him is true; when asked about the incident, the pub-goers deny any knowledge of Jack, or the attack. However, one distraught pub-goer speaks to Dr. Hirsch outside the pub and says David should not have been taken away, that everyone else will be in danger when he changes; the man is cut off by a fellow pub-goer. Upon his release from intensive care, David moves in with Alex Price, a pretty young nurse who grew infatuated with him in the hospital, he stays in Alex's London apartment, where they have sex for the first time. Jack, in a more advanced stage of decay, appears to David to warn him that he will turn into a werewolf the next day. Jack again advises David to take his own life to avoid killing innocent people, but David still does not believe him and urges him to go away; when the full moon rises David feels hot, strips off his clothes and painfully transforms into a werewolf.
David begins to prowl the streets and the London Underground, slaughtering six citizens in the process. He wakes up in the morning, naked on the floor of the wolf enclosure at the London Zoo, unharmed by the resident wolves and with no recollection of his activities. David realises that Jack's ghost was right about everything and that he himself is responsible for the murders the night before. After failing to get himself arrested in Trafalgar Square, David runs away from Alex, he goes to Piccadilly Circus, calling his family from a phone booth to say he loves them loses courage when he attempts and fails to slit his wrists with a pocket knife. David sees Jack, in a yet more advanced stage of decay, outside an adult movie theater. Inside, Jack is accompanied by David's victims from the previous night, most of whom are furious with David. While his ghost victims suggest various and comical ways for David to kill himself with the least amount of pain, David transforms into a werewolf again inside the movie theatre and goes on another killing spree.
After bursting out of the cinema and biting off Inspector Villiers' head in the process, David wreaks havoc in the streets, causing various vehicular accidents and deaths. He is cornered in an alley by the police. Alex runs down the alleyway in an attempt to calm David down by telling him she loves him. Although the werewolf David is placated for a moment, he is shot and killed when he lunges forward, turns back into human form in front of a grieving Alex. John Landis came up with the story while he worked in Yugoslavia as a production assistant on the film Kelly's Heroes, he and a Yugoslav member of the crew were driving in the back of a car on location when they came across a group of gypsies. The gypsies appeared to be performing rituals on a man being buried so that he would not "rise from the grave." This made Landis realize he would never be able to confront the undead and gave him the idea for a film in which a man would go through the same thing. Landis wrote the first draft of An American Werewolf in London in 1969 and shelved it for over a decade.
Two years Landis wrote and starred in his debut film, which developed a cult following. Landis developed box-office status in Hollywood
Octaman is a 1971 Mexican-American monster film written and directed by Harry Essex, with the costume design by future Academy Award winner Rick Baker. It follows an expedition team; the film received negative reviews from critics upon its release but has since developed a cult following. A scientific expedition to a remote Mexican fishing community, led by Dr. Rick Torres and Susan Lowry, discovers unhealthy amounts of radiation in the local waters, they find a small mutant octopus that can crawl on land, Torres travels back to the States to present his findings, hoping to be granted more funding. Reception from the scientific establishment is lukewarm, so Torres makes a deal with Johnny Caruso, a circus owner, interested in the bizarre mutation as a carny act. After their departure, a humanoid octopus, attacks the camp and slaughters the remaining crew; the scientists return to the camp in an RV a few days and find it abandoned. Davido, a young Indian man from the nearby village, says that a local legend about a creature said to be half man and half sea serpent is true, offers to take the scientists to the lake where it is purported to live.
Meanwhile, Octaman kills some villagers. The next day, the scientists find another small mutant octopus, Octaman has gone to the camp and killed a crew member and escaped. Johnny, witness to the attack, decides to capture the monster for his circus. Octaman returns to the RV; the other scientists arrive and the monster flees. They go searching for it on the lake, it pulls down another crew member out of their boat; when it reappears at the RV and captures Lowry, they blind it with their flashlights to stop it in its tracks light a ring of gasoline around it. The fire consumes enough oxygen that the monster suffocates and falls unconscious, Lowry gets rescued, they finish the capture by trapping it under a net. In the morning, however, a thunderstorm brings rain which revives the Octaman and allows it to escape, it moves to seize Lowry. Davido tracks Octaman into a cave; the others consider abandoning the pursuit. Octaman chases them into the back of the cave, gaining enough time to block the cave mouth and seal them in.
However, Davido manages to find another way out. They find Octaman waiting for them inside. In order to spare her colleagues, Lowry communicates. Now determined to kill the beast, the expedition members shoot it at close range, forcing it to release Lowry, continue firing until the monster retreats into the lake and dies. Pier Angeli as Susan Lowry Kerwin Mathews as Dr. Rick Torres Jeff Morrow as Dr. John Willard David Essex as the Indian Read Morgan as the Octaman Fred Beldin from AllMovie gave the film a negative review, writing, "Though the silly rubber suit affords the viewer a fair amount of yuks, Octaman is a cheap, sluggish vehicle that gets tiresome long before the monster gives up and dies, bad day-for-night shooting renders many sequences murky and hard to decipher". Dread Central gave the film a positive review, writing, "Octaman I recommend for fans of old school monster movies and cult cinema, as well as bad movie aficionados, then there’s a part of me that suggests you be prepared to fast forward when things get bogged down with dry, talky dialogue and a needlessly long cave searching scene that only results in the characters ending up pretty much back where they started".
On his website Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings, Dave Sindelar called the film "dull and repetitive", complained that the film was too dark, making it difficult to see any of the action. Sindelar criticized the film's lack of pacing, uninteresting characters, design of the title monster. Octaman was released on the VHS format by the European Video Corporation. A 40th anniversary widescreen DVD edition was released in 2012 by Bay View Entertainment. List of killer octopus films Octaman on IMDb Octaman at Rotten Tomatoes Octaman at AllMovie
The Thing with Two Heads
The Thing with Two Heads is a 1972 American science fiction film directed by Lee Frost and starring Ray Milland, Rosey Grier, Don Marshall, Roger Perry, Kathy Baumann, Chelsea Brown. Some early visual effects work from Rick Baker is featured; the movie is known for its soundtrack, produced by MGM Records producer Michael Viner with a rotating cast of studio musicians that he called the Incredible Bongo Band. Dr. Maxwell Kirshner arrives at a mansion as a passenger in a wheelchair, he is taken to the basement, where we see the experiment is in fact a two-headed gorilla that Dr. Kirshner has created; the experiment is to determine. Dr. Kirshner has done this because he has not much longer to live and wants to transplant his still living head from his lifeless body onto a donor so that he may continue living and continue working as the world's most successful surgeon. Dr. Kirshner returns to his hospital institute to oversee an operation performed by his close friend and associate doctor, Phillip Desmond.
Dr. Kirshner returns to the basement and his two headed gorilla to remove one of the heads from its body. Kirshner orders his assistants to sedate his creature, but plans go awry when the creature is upset about the needle and knocks Dr. Kirshner out of his wheelchair, hurting him badly, it proceeds to smash up the lab and escapes. The creature runs. Kirshner hires a new doctor, Fred Williams, to help Desmond but when he discovers that Dr. Williams is African-American he tells Wiliams that he is no longer needed, to which Williams takes great offense. Dr. Kirshner removes the second head of the creature, tells Desmond he is ready for his own transplant to a healthy donor. Desmond is not sure, until Kirshner tells him that the head, now on the gorilla is in fact the second head he put on, he had removed the original gorilla's head and replaced it with the second transplanted one. Meanwhile, on death row, convicts are told that donating their bodies to science will save them from the electric chair.
One convict is led to the chair - an African-American himself, named Jack Moss - and he decides to volunteer for the science experiment because he is innocent of the crime he was supposed to have committed. The police, including Sergeant Hacker, escort Jack to the transplant center for this experiment they have been told about; the doctors are surprised to see a large African American being brought before them for this experiment, knowing full well that when Kirshner wakes up, he is not going to like what he sees. However, the doctors work around the clock to transplant Dr Kirshner's head onto Jack's body. After the operation, Kirshner wakes up, Desmond tells him that the operation was a success. Desmond tells him that they had no other choice but to transplant his head onto the African-American's body, that he would not have lived another day if they had not operated when they did. At that moment, Jack awakens and is angry and disturbed that Kirshner's head is on his body and tries to get up from the table, but Kirshner cries out for someone to sedate Jack, which Desmond does.
Desmond tells him that he will keep the'Jack' side sedated all the time while Kirshner regains the power to move the body. Leaving Kirshner to rest, Desmond meets up with Dr. Williams again and tells him he needs his help. Williams is reluctant at first, but Desmond reassures him that his beliefs are not the same as Dr. Kirshner's and that his help is much needed. Meanwhile, a nurse comes to administer a sedative to Jack's side of the body. Jack tricks the nurse into thinking he is asleep, injects her with the sedative instead and escapes, taking Williams with him/them. Williams drives the car under gunpoint by Desmond chases after them. Jack asks Williams. Jack accidentally crashes the car, resulting in a flat tire. Kirshner tries to appeal to Williams by offering him the accolades he has received by performing a successful transplant. Williams refuses the offer. Jack goes to his wife's house. While Jack is sleeping, Kirshner finds out that he can now control the body fully. Jack, Kirshner and Lila sit down for dinner.
Lila asks. Kirshner tells her that without a specially crafted surgical team, it is impossible to do the operation and both of them will die. Williams tells Kirshner that he is dead wrong about that, as the removal procedure is done without the aid of the surgical team. Williams drives to a medical warehouse to get. Frightened by what Williams has told him, Kirshner manages to take over Jack's body and starts playing around with his face. Jack asks him to stop it and Kirshner knocks out Jack by punching him in the face. Cornered by William, Kirshner calls Desmond for help in removing Jack's head. Kirshner drives back to the basement of his house. Before Kirshner can sedate Jack, Williams stops him. Williams calls Desmond to get over to Kirshner's house as soon as possible. Desmond arrives with a nurse and an associate, who find Kirshner's detached head lying on the utensil table, hooked up to a heart and lung machine which has his blood pumping through the plastic tube
Men in Black II
Men in Black II is a 2002 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and written by Robert Gordon and Barry Fanaro. A sequel to Men in Black, which in turn is loosely based on the comic book series The Men in Black by Lowell Cunningham, the film stars Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith reprising their roles from the first film, with Lara Flynn Boyle, Johnny Knoxville, Rosario Dawson, Tony Shalhoub and Rip Torn in supporting roles. Men in Black II was released worldwide on July 3, 2002 by Columbia Pictures and received mixed reviews from critics yet was commercially successful, grossing $441.8 million against a budget of $140 million and was followed by Men in Black 3 in 2012. Five years after the retirement of Agent K and the defeat of Edgar the Bug from Men in Black, the secret New York City-based agency that monitors and regulates extraterrestrial life residing on Earth, Agent J–K's former partner and hand-picked replacement–is called to investigate the murder of an alien, Ben, at his pizzeria.
The waitress, Laura Vasquez, tells him that the murderers are Serleena, a shapeshifting, plant-like Kylothian who has taken the form of a lingerie model, her two-headed servant Scrad. Laura says. J is attracted to Laura, in violation of MiB rules, does not neuralyze her to erase her memories. J finds; as he investigates the crime, every lead points to his mentor, Agent K, neuralyzed upon retirement and remembers nothing of his MiB service. In Truro, where K is now the town's postmaster, J convinces him by proving that all of his fellow postal workers are aliens. Back in New York City and Scrad launch an attack on MiB headquarters before K's neuralyzation can be reversed, but Jack Jeebs has an illegal deneuralyzer in his basement. K regains his memories, but remembers that years before, he neuralyzed himself to erase what he knew of the Light of Zartha, those memories have not returned; as a precaution, he left himself a series of clues. At the pizzeria, they find a locker key. J hides Laura, who fears with worm aliens.
The key opens a locker in Grand Central Station where a society of tiny aliens, who worship K as their deity, guard their most sacred relics: K's wristwatch and video store membership card. At the video store, as J and K watch a fictionalized story of the Light of Zartha, K remembers the Zarthan Queen Laurana long ago entrusted Men in Black with safeguarding the Light from her nemesis, who followed Laurana to Earth and killed her. After hiding the Light, K neuralyzed himself to ensure. K still cannot remember where he hid it, nor what the Light looks like. At the worms' apartment, they find that Laura has been kidnapped by Serleena, who believes that Laura's bracelet is the Light. J, K, the worms counterattack MiB headquarters, freeing Laura and the other agents. Serleena attempts to retaliate by chasing them with a spaceship through New York but is eaten by Jeff, a gigantic worm alien living in the New York City Subway. Laura's bracelet leads J and K to the roof of a skyscraper where a ship stands ready to transport the Light back to Zartha.
The two realize Laura is the daughter of Laurana, is herself the Light. K convinces J and Laura that she must go to Zartha, to save both her planet and Earth from destruction. Serleena, who has assimilated Jeff and taken his form, attempts to snatch the ship carrying Laura as it lifts off, but J and K blast her out of the sky. Since all of New York City has just witnessed this battle in the skies over the metropolis, K activates a giant neuralyzer in the torch of the Statue of Liberty. Back at headquarters, K and Men in Black Chief Zed, hoping to cheer up a heartbroken J, have relocated the tiny locker-dwelling aliens who now worship J to his Men in Black locker; when J suggests showing the miniature creatures that their universe is bigger than a locker, K shows J that the human universe is itself a locker within an immense alien train station. Tommy Lee Jones as Kevin Brown / Agent K: A decommissioned senior MIB agent and the only person who knows how to stop the latest threat to Earth's safety.
Will Smith as James Darrell Edwards III / Agent J: Still on active duty with the MIB, he is not satisfied with the partners assigned to him and keeps neuralizing them. Rip Torn as Chief Zed: The head of the MIB. Lara Flynn Boyle as Serleena: A shape-shifting alien who has come to Earth to find a vital power source used by her race's enemies. Johnny Knoxville as Scrad / Charlie: A humanoid alien, with a second small head on a stalk protruding from his neck, who does Serleena's dirty work. Rosario Dawson as Laura Vasquez: A young woman who turns out to be the power source sought by Serleena. Tony Shalhoub as Jack Jeebs: An alien pawn shop owner who uses a home-built machine to "de-neuralize" K and restore his memory. Patrick Warburton as Agent T: Partnered with J, who neuralizes him and throws him out of the MIB. Jack Kehler as Ben David Cross as Newton Colombe Jacobsen as Hailey John Alexander as Jarra Michael Jackson as Agent M Martha Stewart as Herself Peter Graves as Himself Linda Kim as Princess Lauranna Paige Brooks as'Mysteries in History' Lauranna Nick Cannon as MIB Autopsy Agent Biz Markie as Alien Beatboxer Jeremy Howard as Postal Sorting Alien Tim Blaney as Frank the Pug Brad Abrell as Worm Guy Greg Ballora as Worm Guy Thom Fountain as Worm Guy Carl J. Johnson as Worm Guy Richard Pearson as Gordy Despite some initial involvement from David Koepp (who le
The Wolfman (2010 film)
The Wolfman is a 2010 American horror film and a remake of the 1941 film of the same name. Directed by Joe Johnston and written by Andrew Kevin Walker and David Self, the film stars Benicio del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving and Geraldine Chaplin. Rick Baker and make-up effects supervisor Dave Elsey won the Academy Award for Best Makeup at the 83rd Academy Awards for their work; the film was released in the United States on February 12, 2010. It received mixed reviews from critics and was a box office bomb, grossing $139 million worldwide against a $150 million production budget. In 1891, Ben Talbot is attacked by a wolf-like creature. Shakespearean actor Lawrence Talbot returns home after receiving a letter from Ben's fiancée, Gwen Conliffe, informing him of Ben's disappearance. Lawrence reunites with his estranged father, Sir John, who informs him that Ben's body had been found, mutilated. At a local pub, Lawrence overhears the locals believing it to be a wild animal, but many blame Gypsies who are camped outside the town, while another claims there was a similar murder 25 years earlier, a werewolf was the suspected killer.
Lawrence has flashbacks as he tours his family's home where his mother, committed suicide when he was a boy. Lawrence saw his father standing over her dead body. Lawrence visits the Gypsies during a full moon; the local townspeople raid the camp to confiscate a dancing bear they believe is the killer, but a werewolf attacks the camp and bites Lawrence before being chased away. A Gypsy woman named Maleva sutures his neck wounds, but another gypsy insists the now cursed Lawrence should be killed before he kills others. Maleva refuses, saying that only a loved one can release him. Lawrence recovers unnaturally and develops heightened vitality and senses, his father's Sikh servant Singh shows Lawrence a set of silver bullets and implies that something monstrous is loose in Blackmoor. Inspector Abberline arrives to investigate the recent killings, suspects Lawrence is responsible based on his mental history. Fearing for Gwen, Lawrence sends her away, he follows his father to his mother's crypt, where Sir John locks himself in a room alone and gives Lawrence a cryptic warning.
Lawrence undergoes a painful transformation into the Wolfman before running off into the woods and killing the hunters stationed there. The next morning and the police arrest Lawrence. Taken back to Lambeth, Lawrence is subjected to torturous, more advanced treatments overseen by Dr. Hoenneger. Sir John visits Lawrence and explains that 25 years ago, in India, he was bitten by a feral boy infected with lycanthropy. Lawrence realizes his father, as a werewolf, killed his brother. Sir John informs him that the moon will be full that night and leaves a razor in case Lawrences contemplates suicide. By nightfall, Dr. Hoenneger conducts an evening lecture with Lawrence as a case study. Lawrence transforms into the Wolfman and goes on a rampage throughout London, with Abberline in pursuit; the next day, Lawrence visits Gwen's antique shop for help. They realize they are falling in share a passionate kiss. Abberline arrives and searches the shop, but Lawrence has escaped to Blackmoor; the Inspector arrives there ahead of him and waits outside Talbot Hall, arming himself and accompanying policemen with silver bullets.
As she travels back, Gwen searches for Maleva in the hopes of finding a way to cure Lawrence, but all she receives is the gypsy's blessing. Lawrence finds the dead bodies of Singh and Constable Carter, he loads a gun with Singh's silver bullets and attempts to shoot his father, but learns that Sir John had removed the powder from the cartridges years ago. The Talbots transform into werewolves and set Talbot Hall on fire as they battle, with the Lawrence Wolfman emerging victorious. Gwen and Abberline arrive; the Wolfman pursues Gwen and corners her above a gorge. She pleads with Lawrence; the police and hunters approach. Lawrence dies in her arms; as Talbot Hall burns, a howl is heard in the distance. Max von Sydow appears as an elderly man. Make-up effects creator Rick Baker makes a cameo appearance as the Gypsy man, the first killed; the Wolfman's howl incorporated elements from rock singers Gene Simmons and David Lee Roth, as well as opera singers and animal impersonators. Voice actor Frank Welker growls of the werewolves and the feral boy.
In March 2006, Universal Pictures announced the remake of The Wolf Man with actor Benicio del Toro, a fan of the original and collector of Wolf Man memorabilia, in the lead role. Screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker was attached to the screenplay, developing the original film's story to include additional characters as well as plot points that would take advantage of modern visual effects. Del Toro looked towards Werewolf of London and The Curse of the Werewolf for inspiration. In February 2007, director Mark Romanek was attached to helm The Wolfman. Romanek's original vision was to "infuse a balance of cinema in a popcorn movie scenario", stating, "When there’s a certain amount of money involved, these things make studios and producers a little nervous, they don’t understand it or they feel that the balance will swing too far to something esoteric, we could never come to an agreeme
Squirm is a 1976 American natural horror film directed by Jeff Lieberman, starring Don Scardino and Patricia Pearcy. The plot follows a small Georgia town, it features early makeup work from Oscar-winning makeup artist Rick Baker. The film was shot over the course of 24 days in Georgia; 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 out of their soil-tilling minds. The townspeople soon 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. Don Scardino as Mick Patricia Pearcy as Geraldine "Geri" Sanders R. A. Dow as Roger Grimes Jean Sullivan as Naomi Sanders Peter MacLean as Sheriff Jim Reston Fran Higgins as Alma Sanders William Newman as Quigley Barbara Quinn as the sheriff's girl Carl Dagenhart as Willie Grimes Angel Sande as Millie Carol Jean Owens as Lizzie Kim Leon Iocovozzi as Hank Walter Dimmick as Danny Leslie Thorsen as Bonnie Julia Klopp as Mrs. Klopp The film was released theatrically in the United States by American International Pictures on July 30, 1976.
This movie was rated R by the MPAA and released theatrically in that form in the United States. Shortly after this initial theatrical release, the U. S. distributor, American International Pictures, made some minor cuts to the picture and resubmitted it to the Classification and Rating Administration. This new cut of the picture received a PG rating and, was released theatrically by AIP. No additional edits were made for the United States home video release; the R-rated version has a longer shot in the shower in the beginning of the film and a longer shot of the worms burrowing into Roger's face. Since the PG-rated version is considered the official theatrical release version of the film, the original R-rated version is now classified as an unrated version of the film; the film was released on DVD by MGM Home Entertainment in 2003. The VHS version of the MGM re-release contained the edited PG-rated version, while the DVD contained the unedited R-rated version; the R-rated version is one minute longer than the PG-rated version.
The unedited R-rated version was released in the United Kingdom on Blu-ray and DVD by Arrow Video on September 23, 2013. This same version was released in the United States on Blu-ray by Shout! Factory/Scream Factory on October 28, 2014. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 36% based on 14 reviews with an average rating of 4.6 out of 10. Vincent Canby of The New York Times wrote that the film has "two decent performances by John Scardino and Patricia Pearcy and some revolting moments when it deals with real worms photographed in close-up, it sort of goes to pieces, though, in its spectacle scenes. The sight of a young man sinking up to his eyeballs in worms looks no more terrifying than a busboy having an accident at Mama Leone's". Variety declared, "Some genuine creepy special effects are offset by clumsy and amateurish low-budget location production, yet there is some admirable earnestness to the effort". Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times called it "a nifty little horror film that strikes a good balance between humor and terror... writer-director Jeff Lieberman displays plenty of panache, deftly playing a disarming folksy atmosphere against escalating peril".
John Pym of The Monthly Film Bulletin wrote: "This low-budget shocker adheres to a familiar plot pattern. Film critic Leonard Maltin gave the film 3 out of 4 stars, calling it an "above-average horror outing builds to good shock sequences". Squirm was a popular late-night feature on TBS in the 1980s after Atlanta Braves baseball games. Braves announcer Skip Caray famously "promoted" the movie by sarcastically offering Braves fans an autographed baseball if they stayed up to watch it sent in a review of it. TBS received over 1,000 reviews in response. Pittsburgh musician Weird Paul Petroskey created an entire album, Worm in My Egg Cream, dedicated to the "worm in the egg cream" scene and making extensive use of samples from the film. All 16 tracks on the album are titled "Worm in My Egg Cream". In 1999, Squirm was one of the final films to be featured on the original Mystery Science Theater 3000 series. Squirm on IMDb Squirm at AllMovie Squirm at Rotten Tomatoes Squirm at badmovies.org "Mystery Science Theater 3000" Squirm on IMDb