The Lair of the White Worm

The Lair of the White Worm

Director: Ken Russell Cast: Amanda Donohoe, Hugh Grant, Catherine Oxenberg
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The Lair of the White Worm

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/1999
UPC: 0013023011298
Original Release: 1988
Rating: R
Source: Geneon [Pioneer]
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital]
Time: 1:33:00

Special Features

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

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
Ross King Soldier-Witchdoctor
Paul Easom Soldier-Witchdoctor
James Hicks Soldier-Witchdoctor
David Kiernan Soldier-Witchdoctor
Matt King Soldier-Witchdoctor
Andy Norman Soldier-Witchdoctor
Bob Smith Soldier-Witchdoctor
Jackie Russell Snakewoman

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
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

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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The Lair of the White Worm 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.”