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Creepy Crawlers

Top 10 Freakiest Worms

Catch the Tremors movies this month on IFC.

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While super-brained sharks patrol our beaches and killer grizzlies stalk our woods, worms have sort of slipped under the nightmare-inducing pop culture radar. Well, no more. We thought it was high time to celebrate these limbless creepy crawlies, because let’s be honest — while few of us will ever be eaten by a rampaging tiger, we’re all going to end up as worm food someday.

10. Dr. Worm, They Might Be Giants

Dr Worm
Nickelodeon Animation

When it comes to creeping us out, slimy slugs tend to beat cartoon creations, but this little worm, an animated version of the They Might Be Giants song, managed to make our skin crawl by just slapping some skins. He may not seem scary at first, with his baby eyes and mini head mirror, but just watch the video. This little man is more stalker than invertebrate, refusing to let the group of ’90s kids he’s following get away without doing a little dance for his own amusement. He’s the ultimate earworm — burrowing into our brains can’t be far behind.

9. The Slurm Queen, Futurama

Slurm Queeen

Imagine finding that your favorite soft drink was less a secret recipe, and more a secretion from a giant worm’s anus. Would that stop you from enjoying its sugary goodness? Not if your Fry, the hopelessly Slurm-addicted delivery driver from Futurama, who seems incapable of quitting his soda habit even after he finds out it comes from the hind quarters of a Wormulon Queen.

8. Just a Worm, Labyrinth

Labyrinth worm
Jim Henson Productions

Sure, this little fella isn’t the most terrifying worm on the list, but he is the most frustrating. Frankly, this little bastard turns out to be completely useless when it counts, offering “directions” to Sara (Jennifer Connelly) in the Labyrinth that play out like Siri on crank. And if anyone out there has ever followed their Waze app through a bad neighborhood in the middle of the night, you know that the road away from the Goblin King’s castle is often paved with good intentions.

7. Jeff, Men in Black II

Men in Black

The worst thing about your morning commute, Jeff the subway stalking slug doesn’t seem like such a bad guy, unless you piss him off. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what Agents Jay and Tee did in this Men in Black sequel, quickly discovering that sometimes a delayed train is better than a devoured one.

6. The Long One, Slither


The Long One is a parasitic alien hell-bent on infesting and devouring any life form it comes across. It takes many shapes and forms, but none are freakier than the wiggly worms that will stop at nothing to crawl inside your brain. And trust us, you do not want to know where these worms come from.

5. Sandworm, Beetlejuice

Warner Bros.

Tim Burton, master of gothic whimsy, put his own spin on the wicked worm in his 1988 hit Beetlejuice. When recently deceased ghosts Barbara and Adam try to leave the house they’ve been bound to, they stumble onto an otherworldly desert world populated by carnivorous worms. It’s clearly a tip of the hat to a movie we have coming up on the list, but with Burton’s distinctive style, he creates a monster all his own.

4. Flukeman, The X-Files

20th Century Fox

Agents Mulder and Scully came across all kinds of creepy crawlies over the years, but none made as much of an impression as this Season 2 monster, who popped up on screen for mere seconds. A mutant flukeworm born out of the toxic soup that was Chernobyl, this monstrous worm now travels the world infecting human hosts in a desperate attempt to reproduce. If truths like this are out there, we’ll just stay home.

3. Graboids, Tremors

Universal Pictures

These killers from below have now starred in five movies and a TV series, and are still coming back for more. There’s buzz that Kevin Bacon himself is in talks to front a new TV series, in which he’ll take on these sand slugs once and for all. With their claw-like mouths and phallic tongues, these hellacious helminths made us afraid of the ground beneath us. (Click here to see all airings of the Tremors movies on IFC.)

2. Exogorth or Space Slugs, The Empire Strikes Back

Space Slug

What could possibly be more terrifying than hiding from a bunch of Space Nazis in a cave, only to realize that “this is no cave”? When your choices are die by Imperial hands or hide in the stomach of a space slug, a rock and hard place sounds like a vacation. Fortunately, Han and the gang were flying in the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.

1. Sandworm, Dune

Dune Sandworm

The Sandworms, or Shai-Hulud, from the Dune novel and film are worshipped as “the earth deity of Fremen hearth superstitions.” Basically, these worms are the word of God made manifest, and they’re also pretty freaking cool. Just don’t piss them off. The humans of Dune may be obsessed with devouring the spice, but these sandworms are more than happy devouring us.


Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…