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All Jacked Up and Full of Worms is a 2022 American horror film about a motel worker who tries snorting earthworms; this gives him a euphoric, hallucinatory trip.
Written and directed by Alex Phillips (shorts: Pushing Mongo; Who’s a Good Boy; Happy Place; Eel), making his feature directorial debut. Produced by Georgia Bernstein and Ben Gojer.
The Special Movies-Eleven04-Full Spectrum Features co-production stars Betsey Brown, Phillip Andre Botello, Noah Lepawsky and Trevor Dawkins.
“All Jacked Up and Full of Worms unabashedly revels in its body horror roots, drawing much of its inspiration from Cronenberg‘s Naked Lunch. The hook here is worms (if you’ll pardon the bon mot). The film begins like an ensemble comedy but proceeds mostly along the lines of absurdist-gross-out-nightmare.” 366 Weird Movies
“I found it right up my alley — a gore-filled take on loneliness, connection and love that will make fans of movies like Society stand up and cheer through their tears and normal folk retch in their popcorn. That’s a standing ovation in my world.” B&S About Movies
“All Jacked Up and Full of Worms revels in the sleazy and unreal with its dream-like qualities. Despite how abnormal of a film it is, the feature never feels too nasty that it’s a turnoff. It’s just…strange. Buckle up and experience some uncanny visions in this unique brand of hallucinogenic horror. At the very least, give this one a watch for the gnarly effects in one of the sequences.” 7/10, Horror Buzz
“The creativity in the practical effects of Alex Phillips’ film is definitely worth mentioning, and it’s what makes the otherwise dizzying film worth watching. The Worm King (voiced by Phillips), a giant puppet creature that supportively pushes the characters to realize their full potential, is the kind of strangeness I think audiences will show up for. Still, most are going to grow tired of trying to put the film together.” Horror Obsessive
” …the general meanness of the picture makes it pretty off-putting; there’s a lot of violence and degradation in the movie that will make folks my level of squeamish look away, and which may have some people grumbling about why they can’t just have the absurdity […] That’s going to put the story squarely in a part of the world where everything is already f-cked up and nasty, but while that’s honest, it seems a bit more miscalibrated as the film goes on…” Jay’s Movie Blog
” …Phillips has created something as unique as it is repulsive, with a face that any fan of the weirdest, most extreme, offensive cinema could possibly love. Personally, I can live without seeing it again, but I’d be lying if I said All Jacked Up and Full of Worms isn’t an unforgettable piece of underground cinema that wriggles around in your brain long after it’s over. Maybe forever.” Killer Horror Critic
“Cheap and scuzzy, crazy and cruel, hippie and trippy, All Jacked Up and Full of Worms wears its lowlife status on its sleeve, even alluding momentarily to J. Michael Muro’s skeezy masterpiece Street Trash (1987) and David Lynch’s earthy oddity Eraserhead (1977). After all, worms are creatures both of the dirt, and of the underground. Yet though relatively brief, the film is also meandering and meaningless in its vermicular pursuit of that midnight slot.” Projected Figures
“Whenever All Jacked Up feels like the characters are actually eating or snorting the worms, the project itself becomes wild and distinct, and gets close to the gnarly texture it wants from image and performance; when it looks fake, which it does more than half the time, All Jacked Up and Full of Worms can play like a small inside joke stretched out to feature length.” RogerEbert.com
“Its gleeful lack of logic, pitch black nihilism, and willful grossness is definitely not for everyone. With influences ranging from Cronenbergian body horror to John Waters-esque reveling in bad taste, to more contemporary waking nightmare fuel like Calvin Lee Reeder’s The Oregonian or The Rambler, All Jacked Up and Full of Worms is really going to hit the spot for a small segment of demented viewers and really repel others.” Screen Anarchy
“Writer-director Alex Phillips wants to shock and appal and it worked, I was shocked and appalled and I kind of admired how audacious and over the top it was. It’s a shocking idea that is pulled off with shocking, disgusting, vile, visuals. There are no punches pulled and in a way, I admire the bravery of that, if not the idea itself.” Sean Patrick
Cast and characters:
Betsey Brown … Samantha
Phillip Andre Botello … Roscoe
Noah Lepawsky … Jared
Trevor Dawkins … Benny Boom
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