Today’s list comes right from the underground- way underground, where eyeless creatures populate the sub-landscape. And if movies are to be believed, sometimes these eyeless creatures are gigantic and wreak havoc on anyone and everything they can find. You can’t wiggle away from this list. It’s the nine best giant evil underground movie worms.
A seismologist, two farm laborers, Reba McEntire, the dad from Family Ties, and a bunch of giant man-eating worms walk into a bar… or, actually, a general store. The Tremors worms are particularly impressive because they come equipped with a beak and a mouth filled with multiple tentacles. Also, they’re allergic to bombs thrown in their face.
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Odds are good that this film introduced you to the concept of humongous man-eating worms living underground. Fortunately, the “exogorth”, in the parlance of Star Wars nerds, only exists on an asteroid in outer-space. And there is some good in it yet, as it apparently swallows giant bats (mynocks, if you speak Star Wars nerd), preventing them from causing further havoc in the space system.
You may recall that Beetlejuice and the Maitlands occasionally had to run from, basically, a giant black and white sock with menacing teeth. It inhabited the sand of the Netherworld and foreshadowed the orange and black Christmas-tree eating stocking that Tim Burton later used in The Nightmare Before Christmas.
The Burrowers (2008)
This is the smallest evil underground movie worm on the list, taking on an almost humanoid shape, with arms. But it has no eyes, lives underground, is human-sized, and is most certainly evil. The list would be horribly incomplete without this movie.
King Kong (2005)
There were many surprises living on Peter Jackson’s version of Skull Island. Not least among them was a flurry of giant worms with huge, jagged, menacing teeth.
The Lair of the White Worm (1988)
It apparently takes magic and/or religion to summon the massive white worm, which makes it lose points in my eyes. But it gains those points right back since it’s loosely based on this neat story.
Men in Black II (2002)
Not surprisingly, there aren’t many times Men in Black II will end up on a “Best of” list for anything. But, thanks to Jeff the giant subway worm, it makes the cut here.
Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)
Giant evil worms living underground are bad enough. The only way you could make a giant evil worm worse is if you willingly consume it as part of a bottle of tequila, and then puke it up, after which it develops a head with human teeth and wreaks havoc in your bedroom.
The Dune universe featured a humongous sandworm that lies in stiff competition with the exogorth from Empire Strikes Back for the largest giant evil underground worm in movie history. However, play your cards right and you can ride them like a rodeo bull.