The Lair of the White Worm (1988)

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Taken from Bram Stoker's last novel, Ken Russell adds his artistic flair to this campy horror comedy. While staying at the ancestral home of sisters Mary (Sammi Davis) and Eve Trent (Catherine Oxenberg), a Scottish archaeology student uncovers a skull of unknown origin. Angus Flint (Peter Capaldi) reveals his findings to the neighboring nobleman Lord James (Hugh Grant). The two connect the ancient legends of a dragon to a strange cult that worships a giant, ravenous subterranean white worm. The property of the Trent sisters is later revealed to have been built on the sight where ancient pagan rituals took place. Vampire vixen and cult-member Lady Silvia Marsh (Amanda Donohoe) lures victims to the white worm to feed on.
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Art House & International , Horror
Directed By: Ken Russell
Written By: Ken Russell
In Theaters: wide
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Cast

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 / Witchdoctor
James Hicks
as Soldier / Witchdoctor
David Kiernan
as Soldier / Witchdoctor
Matthew King
as Soldier / Witchdoctor
Ross King
as Soldier / Witchdoctor
Andy Norman
as Soldier / Witchdoctor
Bob Smith
as Soldier / Witchdoctor
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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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
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