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Sammi Davis, Catherine Oxenberg, Hugh Grant. When an archaeologist unearths a strange skull, Londoners are exposed to the lustful cravings of the White Worm, a pagan god who hungers for virginal flesh. 1988/color/93 min/R/widescreen.
Wittily updated from one of Dracula author Bram Stoker's lesser-known horror novels, The Lair of the White Worm is a camp classic that only Ken Russell could have delivered. It's got all the perversity one expects from the bombastic director of Tommy and Altered States: sensible plotting, intelligent dialogue laced with double entendre, graphic imagery with Boschian intensity, and a mischievous disregard for good taste and decorum. In other words, it's heretically hilarious, especially when skeptical Lord D'Ampton (fresh-faced Hugh Grant, in one of his earliest films) begins to suspect that seductive neighbor Sylvia (Amanda Donohoe, game for anything) is connected to the local legend of a monstrous serpent that feeds on sacrificial virgins. Evidence mounts with the help of a local archaeologist (Peter Capaldi) and two endangered sisters (Catherine Oxenberg, Sammi Davis), and Russell infuses Stoker's grisly plot with his inimitable brand of blasphemy, including a gouged eyeball, a venom-splattered crucifix, Roman soldiers raping nuns (in a delirious hallucination sequence), and some of the funniest one-liners since Young Frankenstein. Prudes beware; everyone else enjoy! --Jeff ShannonSee all Editorial Reviews
This was one of the worst movies I've ever seen!!! Terrible!!! Whoever made this movie did Bram Stoker a great disservice!!! Read morePublished 7 days ago by Ms. SD
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For me, Ken Russell seems to go one of two ways. Awesome! Read more
Amazing how quickly Ken Russell degenerated to this level of schlock! I loved it! First saw this many years ago when Russell's reputation as a daring and innovative and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by D. J. Leedham
The Lair of the White Worm is a peculiar beast: a self aware, non ironic horror film. Sexy, weird, potentially something the actors would rather forget. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Agent Duck