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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 Shannon
This is a vampire movie that differs from the other traditional vampire movies. It's about a female vampire, played well by the English actress, Amanda Donohoe, who is the high... Read morePublished 15 months ago by L. F. Sweeney
but that's not necessarily a bad thing. This is typical Russell; weird non-fitting dreams, and definietly not enough violence, horror or sex when, here, it wouldn't be superfluous,... Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by nom-de-nick
Yes, it's over-the-top! Yes, it's gorey and heretical but this only adds to the movie's drawing power. Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2004 by Michael Gannon
I found this movie to be FUN to watch, several times. It has a number of actors who stared in this film before they became big names in America. Read morePublished on April 8 2002 by "jbyrd16"
can you imagine pitching this film?...
'guys! i read this bram stoker story and i think it could make a great movie... hear me out. Read more
Up front, NOT everyone will like this film. It's a Ken Russell film, after all. That said, if you are scared of snakes, have a religious bent or hate picked earthworms in aspec,... Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2002 by Deborah MacGillivray
As can be judged by the title this movie is grounded in sexual metaphor. Not that one needs to be reminded when viewing a Ken Russell film that the content is apt to have strong... Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2001 by M. James
Ken Russell does it again, flourishing as a genius of mondo-bizarro cinema! Here he engages us in a game of sorts, pulling us into the action as it writhes around on the screen... Read morePublished on May 12 2001 by "daveyboy1974"