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The Lair of the White Worm (1988)

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Scottish archaeologist Angus Flint discovers an odd skull amid the ruins of a convent that he is excavating. Shortly thereafter, Lady Sylvia Marsh returns to Temple House, a nearby mansion,... See full summary »

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Lord James D'Ampton
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Eve Trent
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Angus Flint
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Mary Trent
Stratford Johns ...
Peters
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P.C. Erny
Imogen Claire ...
Dorothy Trent
Chris Pitt ...
Kevin
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Nurse Gladwell
Christopher Gable ...
Joe Trent
Lloyd Peters ...
Miranda Coe ...
Linzi Drew ...
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Scottish archaeologist Angus Flint discovers an odd skull amid the ruins of a convent that 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 land right next to Temple House. Angus learns of the D'Ampton Worm, a huge dragon-snake that 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 few days, the skull is stolen from Angus's room, and the watch of a missing person is found in a cavern that was the legendary home of the D'Ampton worm. Angus and James discover that there was an ancient cult that worshiped the worm as a god, and they theorize that the creature somehow survived its destruction, but it was trapped inside the cavern. The remainder of the movie shows Angus, James, ... Written by Alik Widge

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worm | temple | cavern | skull | song | See more »

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21 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Maldição da Serpente  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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$1,189,315 (USA)
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Trivia

According to an interview with Ken Russell in Fangoria Magazine spring 1988, Catherine Oxenberg got upset on location in the cave, when she lost one of her hand-muffs (i.e. hand warmers) during cold weather. See more »

Goofs

When Eve is tied up and waiting to be sacrificed, Lady Sylvia places the Dionin skull next to her and walks away. Several seconds later the skull disappears while Eve is struggling to get away, but it reappears when Sylvia returns. See more »

Quotes

Lady Sylvia Marsh: Now, if you're sitting comfortably, I shall tell you why you must not be afraid to die. To die so that the god may live is a privilege, Kevin, and if you know anything at all about history, you will know that human sacrifice is as old as Dionin himself, whose every death is a rebirth into a god ever mightier!
[doorbell rings]
Lady Sylvia Marsh: Shit.
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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The D'Ampton Worm
Arranged and Performed by Emilio Perez Machado and Stephen Powys
Violinist Louise Newman
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Alluring,sensuous, witty and Ken Russell.
26 November 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Of all the Ken Russell films this is my favourite. I found it extremely sensuous and the snake imagery a 'classic'. This is also one of the best Hugh Grant movies out considering he has become hopelessly typecast these days. Russell uses three different versions of the legend of the "Dampton" worm and this includes that written by Bram Stoker. The other two based on stories within Britain. And surprisingly enough the tale is closer to them than Stoker. Amanda Donohoe was simply stunning as Sylvia and she delivered her lines with charm and wit, and her costuming was slithering skintight scrumptiously slinky. I even bought a snakes and ladders set just like the one "Rosebud" that she threw into the flames. The worm was brilliant and deserved an Oscar for his role as he arose from the depth of the cave. I also love the song played in the beginning too. My only irk is that Catherines voice appears to be dubbed by someone else. One of the high points for me was when Sylvia sprayed venom over the cross. My reason for voting this movie so high is because it delivers on so many levels and it is a 'classic' in my book.


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