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The Lair of the White Worm

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United Kingdom · 1988
Rated R · 1h 33m
Director Ken Russell
Starring Amanda Donohoe, Catherine Oxenberg, Sammi Davis, Hugh Grant
Genre Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

On a remote farm owned by Eve Trent, a young archaeologist discovers an inexplicable skull, which he soon deduces belonged to the D'Ampton Worm, a mythical beast supposedly slain generations ago. The predatory Lady Sylvia Marsh soon takes an interest in the virginal Eve, hinting that the vicious D'Ampton Worm may still live.

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Orlando Sentinel by Jay Boyar

Though the film does contain a few other humorously erotic moments, it's mostly a listless exercise in intentional camp.


Washington Post by Richard Harrington

Say what you will about Ken Russell, his films are usually bonkers. His latest, Lair of the White Worm, will do nothing to alter his reputation as the champion of camp thrash, but at least it's a step or two -- if only short ones -- above such recent efforts as "Salome's Last Veil" and "Gothic."


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

It has everything you want: shadows, screams, feverish scientific speculations, guttering candle flames, flowing diaphanous gowns, midnights, dawns and worms. Russell was once, and no doubt will be again, considered an important director. This is the sort of exercise he could film with one hand tied behind his back, and it looks like that was indeed more or less his approach.

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