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The Lair of the White Worm (1988)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  21 October 1988 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lord James D'Ampton
Eve Trent
Angus Flint
Mary Trent
Stratford Johns ...
P.C. Erny
Imogen Claire ...
Dorothy Trent
Chris Pitt ...
Nurse Gladwell
Christopher Gable ...
Joe Trent
Lloyd Peters ...
Miranda Coe ...
Linzi Drew ...
Caron Anne Kelly ...


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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Release Date:

21 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Maldição da Serpente  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)


$1,189,315 (USA)

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When PC Erny talks on the police radio, the voice on the other end is director Ken Russell. See more »


Lord James searches through a collection of ancient 78-rpm shellac discs. Although he plays one of the discs on a modern-day turntable that is capable of playing them, the music heard is electronic-based and has excellent fidelity. However, shellac records had notoriously low sound quality and were discontinued decades before synthesizers were used regularly in music production. See more »


Lady Sylvia Marsh: Fancy praying to a god who was nailed to a wooden cross, who locked up his brides in a convent. Did they really enjoy themselves, hmm? Poor little virgins masterbating in the dark and then in penance for their sins indulging in flagellation 'til their bodies wept tears of blood. Captive virgins, hmm, in the hands of an impotent god. Dionin will have none of that, Eve.
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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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A great date movie!
15 June 1999 | by (Pleasant Valley) – See all my reviews

I've heard the complaints before, from men of all walks of life: "SHE wants to watch some syrupy romantic slush starring Hugh Grant, I want to watch something with hot, naked, snake-worshipping chicks!"

Well, complain no more! Here's a flick that's got both in one! That's right, England-cum-America's favorite foppish, eye-lid-fluttering sex symbol does battle with naked half-snake-half-human devil worshippers, giant white worms, and the forces of evil!

Well, actually Hugh only kills one snake-human hybrid, and it's an old lady. And he keeps pretty far away from the action-packed finale face-off, letting his odd shut-in pal Angus do all the fighting. But you DO get to see the star of "Notting Hill" slice an old lady in half with a broad sword, and that alone is worth the price of admission!

I enjoyed this movie, what with it's quaint, folksy atmosphere, it's kilt-wearin' heroes, and it's sexy villainess who seduces a hapless boy scout (!) into entering her hot tub of evil. There's even public-access-esque dream sequences where a Sid & Marty Krofft-type snake puppet molests Jesus Christ while nuns are tortured- and who doesn't want to see that?

A very strange movie, to say the least.

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