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The Lair of the White Worm (1988)

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Ken Russell's Lair of the White Worm uses Dracula author Bram Stoker's final novel as the basic springboard into a surreal and dark-humored tale concerning a bizarre cult and a series of sacrificial murders in honor of an ancient pagan god. When archeologist Angus Flint (Peter Capaladi) discovers the mysterious scull of an undiscovered beast, further investigation reveals a bizarre myth concerning a medieval knight slaying a fearsome dragon. Soon making the acquaintance of Lord James D'Ampton

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Art House & International, Horror

Oct 19, 1999

Vestron Video

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (9) | DVD (11)

A totally strange, gore-drenched horror/comedy about ancient pagan rituals that leaves you with only one certain thought in your head: that Ken Russell is one very bent fellow.

February 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Fun-filled, oddball British vampire flick

July 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Slasherpool

Gleefully over the top - Ken Russell's last good movie.

October 7, 2005
ColeSmithey.com

Equal parts awful and hypnotic

May 13, 2005
Lawrence Journal-World

Effective, unique horror movie.

March 11, 2004
Sun Newspapers of Cleveland

Christianity and paganism clash in Ken Russell's campy The Lair of the White Worm.

August 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

An almost perfect savvy blend of horror and comedy that both honors the horror genre while standing it on its head.

August 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One of the worst films I've ever seen.

August 5, 2002 | Comment (1)
Aisle Seat

Cheap effects and gratuitous displays of nudity only heighten the film's delirious demeanor.

August 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Half-serious and half-mocking, this film occupies a confused area where it isn't exactly sure what it is.

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Audience Reviews for The Lair of the White Worm

A very good, odd British horror comedy!
June 12, 2011
Deano78

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Dood. Ohmygod, do you guys ever watch American Dad? I know exactly how Roger feels about Chockodiles. This is the best movie since sliced bread. Words cannot express how unfathomably amused I was by this movie. It's insane, but it knows how insane it is, and it punctuates its nuttiness with hot chicks and brilliant banter, just in case you weren't already on board. It's a fascinating twist on vampires, since these monsters aren't exactly undead. They're more like venomous immortal snake women who serve this ancient god, and can infect you with thier... hotness? Malevolence? It doesn't matter. Sylvia Marsh is one of my new favorite cinema villains, and she genuinely has a ton of fun exploiting the local archaelogical breakthroughs and generally bringing her evil to the simple townspeople. Snake woman, trippy imagery, valliant swordsmen and the angry angry Scottish dude from In The Loop. I dare you not to get a kick out of this movie. I dare you. My friend who let me this on DVD is totally not getting it back.
May 30, 2011
MidnightMadwoman

Super Reviewer

I liked the Idea with Pagan Snake, its like Medusa.
more later
December 12, 2009
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Wahida K

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A phantasmagorical and deliberately overblown tale of pagan snake worshippers in modern Britain. Ken Russel's least self-important film, and also his most fun outing.
May 31, 2009
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