The Lair of the White Worm (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Lair of the White Worm (1988)




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Based on Bram Stoker's final novel, this Ken Russell farce details the bizarre mishaps that ensue after an archaeologist discovers a huge skull that leads him to a huge worm and the religion which worships the creature.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Art House & International, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Ken Russell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 19, 1999
Vestron Video


Amanda Donohoe
as Lady Sylvia Marsh
Hugh Grant
as Lord James
Gina McKee
as Nurse Gladwell
Lloyd Peters
as Jesus Christ
Jackie Russell
as Snakewoman
Matt King
as Soldier-Witchdoctor
Miranda Coe
as Maids / Nuns
Linzi Drew
as Maids / Nuns
Caron Anne Kelly
as Maids / Nuns
Fiona O'Conner
as Maids / Nuns
Caroline Pope
as Maids / Nuns
Elisha Scott
as Maids / Nuns
Tina Shaw
as Maids / Nuns
Paul Easom
as Soldier / Witchdocto...
James Hicks
as Soldier / Witchdocto...
David Kiernan
as Soldier / Witchdocto...
Matthew King
as Soldier / Witchdocto...
Ross King
as Soldier / Witchdocto...
Andy Norman
as Soldier / Witchdocto...
Bob Smith
as Soldier / Witchdocto...
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Critic Reviews for The Lair of the White Worm

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 14, 2014
Georgia Straight

Fun-filled, oddball British vampire flick

Full Review… | July 27, 2006

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

October 7, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Lair of the White Worm


A very good, odd British horror comedy!

Dean King

Super Reviewer

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.

Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer

I liked the Idea with Pagan Snake, its like Medusa.
more later

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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