The Worm Eaters (1970)

Article 4540 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 5-22-2014
Directed by Herb Robins
Featuring Herb Robins, Lindsay Armstrong Black, Joseph Sacket
Country: USA
What is is: Beyond several pales

A corrupt city council attempts to get hold of a lake area owned by a crazy German immigrant who talks to worms. Then, one day, the immigrant discovers that those who eat his worms turn into worm people.

Ten thoughts on THE WORM EATERS.

1) Look at the title.

2) Be aware that the title is not to be taken metaphorically.

3) IMDB classifies the movie as a Comedy Horror. It is neither scary nor funny.

4) The fact that the movie is not scary is not to say that you won’t have a visceral gut reaction to what you’ll see.

5) The movie is horribly acted. If I were to describe the acting style, it would be to say that the actors deliver their lines as if they were trying to overcome constipation.

6) If the above metaphor is crude, so be it; it’s still classier than this movie.

7) Movies are designed to appeal to several senses. However, when the primary senses that seem to appealed to are those of taste and smell, that’s a warning in itself.

8) I read somewhere that no worms were really eaten during the making of this movie. If that is true, then somebody does an amazing job of special effects during certain sequences. My own opinion is that what I heard was not correct.

9) Even if it were true that no worms were eaten, it nonetheless isn’t true that no worms were killed in the making of this film. That becomes apparent in the opening scene.

10) At this point in time, I can honestly say that I’ve never seen a John Waters film. I suspect that this film may be the closest I have ever come to actually seeing one, though.

In summary, I almost find myself at a loss of words with this one. All I can say is that it lives up to its title. Take that as a warning or a recommendation, whichever you choose.

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