The Lair of the White Worm

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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 (Hugh Grant), the ...
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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 (Hugh Grant), the conquering knight's descendant, Flint begins to learn of local lore surrounding the creature and soon discovers that, throughout the years, many unexplained disappearances have haunted the local populace. With all trails leading back to the elegant mansion of mysterious recluse Lady Sylvia Marsh (Amanda Donohoe), Lord D'Ampton makes Marsh's acquaintance amidst growing speculation that the strangely seductive siren may have something to do with a rash of recent disappearances. As Flint and D'Ampton's stories begin to strangely intersect, a surreal and horrific journey into the lair of an ancient god may hold they key to an age-old mystery.
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Special Features

Audio commentary with director Ken Russell; Theatrical trailer; Behind-the-scenes photographs; Widescreen edition
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/1999
  • UPC: 013023011298
  • Original Release: 1988
  • Rating:

  • Source: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Amanda Donohoe Sylvia Marsh
Hugh Grant Lord James D'Ampton
Catherine Oxenberg Eve Trent
Sammi Davis Mary Trent
Peter Capaldi Angus Flint
Paul Brooke P.C. Erny
Stratford Johns Peters, the Butler
Imogen Claire Dorothy Trent
Chris Pitt Kevin
Gina McKee Nurse Gladwell
Christopher Gable Joe Trent
Lloyd Peters Jesus Christ
Miranda Coe Maid-Nun
Linzi Drew Maid-Nun
Caron Anne Kelly Maid-Nun
Fiona O'Conner Maid-Nun
Caroline Pope Maid-Nun
Elisha Scott Maid-Nun
Tina Shaw Maid-Nun
Paul Easom Soldier-Witchdoctor
James Hicks Soldier-Witchdoctor
David Kiernan Soldier-Witchdoctor
Matthew King Soldier-Witchdoctor
Ross King Soldier-Witchdoctor
Matt King Soldier-Witchdoctor
Andy Norman Soldier-Witchdoctor
Jackie Russell Snakewoman
Bob Smith Soldier-Witchdoctor
Technical Credits
Ken Russell Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Image Animation Makeup Special Effects
Ray Beckett Sound/Sound Designer
Robin Browne Cinematographer
Dick Bush Cinematographer
Imogen Claire Choreography
Peter Davies Editor
Dan Ireland Executive Producer, Producer
Michael Jeffery Costumes/Costume Designer
Laura Julian Production Manager
Emilio Perez Machado Songwriter
Pam Meager Makeup
Geoff Portass Special Effects
Stephan Powys Songwriter
William J. Quigley Executive Producer
Stuart St. Paul Stunts
Gail Stevens Casting
Stanislas Syrewicz Score Composer
Anne Tilby Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Ronaldo Vasconcellos Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Lair Of The White Worm
1. Main Title/Angus's Discovery [4:48]
2. Legend of the D'Ampton Worm [4:41]
3. Mary's Missing Parents [8:20]
4. Lady Sylvia's God [3:38]
5. Eve's Vision [6:11]
6. Kevin's Fate [11:57]
7. Dreaming the Answers [6:36]
8. Expedition to Stone Rigg Cavern [5:26]
9. Eve and the Serpent [10:28]
10. Snake Charming [8:44]
11. Temple House [8:44]
12. The Lair of Dionyn [13:25]
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Side #1 -- The Lair Of The White Worm
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Production Notes And Photographs
         Novel And Film
         Ken Russell Biography/Filmography
         The Cast
         Special Effects
         Production Credits
      Trailers
         The Lair Of The White Worm
         Salome's Last Dance
      Television Commercials
   Play Movie With Commentary
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cult, Camp and Hugh Grant

    I once heard Ken Russell say that he thinks this is the best film Hugh Grant has ever done but Grant never mentions it. Shortly thereafter, I watched Grant on “Inside the Actor’s Studio” and the closest he came to acknowledging this movie was calling it a “mad Ken Russell Film.” Looks like Russell was right on both counts. Let’s point out straightaway that by today’s standards this is quite campy. The symbolism is undeniably obvious, but the story is both fun and frightful. Admirers of the romance-movie Grant won’t appreciate this film, but fans who see him as the incredibly gifted actor that he is will truly enjoy this movie. His performance as Lord Dampton is quite similar to his roles in “Rowing with the Wind” and even to some extent “Sense and Sensibility.” In my opinion, Hugh Grant is an incredible actor that has proven himself in all sorts of roles. I wish he’d take a slight detour from his current status as the lovable hero in so many date movies and head back in the direction of his earlier films. This is an enjoyable cult film and I’m quite happy it is finally available on DVD. Special note: look for Gina McKee’s (the talented actress from PBS’ “The Forsyte Saga” and Grant’s attorney-friend in “Notting Hill”) character in “Lair.”

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