The Lair Of The White Worm (1988)
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Scottish archaelogist Angus Flint discovers an odd skull amid the ruins of a convent which he is excavating. Shortly thereafter, Lady Sylvia Marsh returns to Temple House, a nearby mansion, far earlier than expected. At a party in the village, Angus meets Lord James D'Ampton, who has just inherited his family's lands, right next to Temple House. Angus learns of the D'Ampton Worm, a huge dragon/snake which an earlier D'Ampton killed by cutting it in half. (There's a pretty catchy rock-folk song that tells the D'Ampton Worm legend.) As people begin disappearing and acting strangely over the next day or two, the skull is stolen from Angus' room, and the watch of a missing person is found in a cavern which was the legendary home of the D'Ampton worm. Angus and James discover that there was an ancient cult which worshiped the worm as a god, and theorize that the creature somehow survived its "destruction", but was trapped inside the cavern. The remainder of the movie shows Angus, James, and Mary Trent attempting to stop Lady Marsh from freeing the creature...
Title: Lair Of The White Worm, The
Release Date: October 21, 1988
Runtime: 93 mins
All Genres: Horror, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
IMDB Rating: 5.5
Buried.com Rating: 6.5 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With L
MPAA Rating: R
Amanda Donohoe ...Lady Sylvia Marsh
Hugh Grant ...Lord James D'Ampton
Catherine Oxenberg ...Eve Trent
Peter Capaldi ...Angus Flint
Sammi Davis ...Mary Trent
Stratford Johns ...Peters
Paul Brooke ...P.C. Erny
Imogen Claire ...Dorothy Trent
Chris Pitt ...Kevin
Gina McKee ...Nurse Gladwell
Christopher Gable ...Joe Trent
Lloyd Peters ...Jesus Christ
Miranda Coe ...Maids / Nuns
Linzi Drew ...Maids / Nuns
Caron Anne Kelly ...Maids / Nuns
Fiona O'Connor ...Maids / Nuns
Caroline Pope ...Maids / Nuns
Elisha Scott ...Maids / Nuns
Tina Shaw ...Maids / Nuns
Paul Easom ...Soldier / Witchdoctor
James Hicks ...Soldier / Witchdoctor
David Kiernan ...Soldier / Witchdoctor
Matthew King ...Soldier / Witchdoctor
Ross Murray ...Soldier / Witchdoctor
Andy Norman ...Soldier / Witchdoctor
Bob Smith ...Soldier / Witchdoctor
Jackie Russell ...Snakewoman
Emilio Perez Machado ...Bluegrass Lead Singer
Louise Newman ...Bluegrass Violinist
William J. Quigley
"The D'Ampton Worm"
- Lord James D'Ampton: Do you have children? Lady Sylvia Marsh: Only when there are no men around.
Lady Sylvia Marsh: I change my cars as regularly as a snake sheds its skin.
Kevin: I'm not really into headbanging. Lady Sylvia Marsh: Are you into any kind of banging?
Lady Sylvia Marsh: [as Lady Marsh places the game of Snakes and Ladders into the fireplace] Rosebud!
- Was filmed on the plot used in the TV series "The Adventures of Black Beauty" (1972).
When PC Erny talks on the police radio, the voice on the other end is director Ken Russell.
The skull of the pagan god Dionin used in the movie was constructed by adding sculpted sections to a real cow skull. The original teeth were pulled and replaced with fabricated ones to simulate the serpent look. Two skulls were fabricated for various scenes in the movie.
The mouth of the White Worm (Dionin) seen in the tunnel towards the end of the movie was actually a painted over Volkswagen Beetle hood that bears an uncanny resemblance to the mouth of a snake.
Director Trademark: [Ken Russell] [snake]
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