Name That Trauma :: Reader D. on a Swarm of S-L-U-G-S!

Hey, Kindertrauma!

Hope you guys are doing OK. Just wanted you to name this movie that traumatized me as a child, to the point it made me feel amazingly disgusted by the sight of slugs.

I can’t for the life of me remember what was the name of this movie, all I remember is that there was some night scene where some janitor (a woman) was paralyzed, laying on the floor, and something forced her mouth wide open… and from the corners of the hall she was lying, a HUGE amount of slugs started to crawl over her…

slower and slower…

to the point they start crawling on her body…

with her jaw, WIDE OPEN


I was probably around 8-9 at the time… I cannot unsee that scene ever since.

Could you guys name that movie? I’d really appreciate it!

Keep up the great work!



UNK SEZ:: All I can think of is SLUGS (1988) but does it fit? I know snails chomp on a chick in FULCI‘s AENIGMA (1987) and I know that slug like creatures attack in NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (and SLITHER) but all I can think of is SLUGS which seems way too easy. Anybody have any other guesses?

NOTE: Top slug image is from the SHAUN HUTSON novel SLUGS and comes courtesy of the ever excellent TOO MUCH HORROR FICTION!

UPDATE: NAME THAT TRAUMA SOLVED! Thanks to reader visitedbyvoices for naming it with AENIGMA! Per a follow-up email from Reader D.:

Hey Aunt John!

First of all, I wanna thank you for posting my Name That Trauma! 😀

As for the leads, “Squirm” looked pretty damn close, but I’m gonna go with visitedbyvoices‘s one, “Aenigma”… I’ve watched that scene over and over again, while trying to remember what I’ve seen like, 20 years ago, and I have to say it has to be that movie!

Although those are snails and not slugs, and the woman doesn’t look like a janitor at all (don’t ask me why I remember the scene like that, I’ve no clue lol), it’s a night scene, she’s paralyzed and those fuckers pretty much covered her entire face, killing her!

Thank you so much for solving my childhood greatest mystery! I really, really appreciate it!!

Keep up the excellent work! 😀

Kind regards,


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David Fullam
10 years ago

I’m stumped. There is no janitor attack in Slugs.

Brother Bill
10 years ago

Could it possibly be “Slither” (2006)?

unkle lancifer
10 years ago

BB, Jenna Fischer gets slugged in Slither right? It’s been some time since I’ve seen it.

Benjamin D Levin
10 years ago

When you said “from the corners of the hall she was lying, a HUGE amount of slugs started to crawl over her” it looks like the scene in this trailer where there are hundreds of worms writhing down the hallway… and it is dark. Could it be this?

unkle lancifer
10 years ago

“That was the worst storm we’ve had since I was knee high to a duck!”

I love Squirm, I hope that’s it!

10 years ago