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The Lair of the White Worm (1988)

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  »

Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)


$1,189,315 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The D'Ampton worm is an obvious reference to the Lambton worm, which is a real English legend, dating back at least to the mediaeval period. See more »


When Lady Marsh takes the earplugs out of her ears, the skin in the inner ear is not made up and is clearly pink, while the rest of her is painted blue. See more »


Kevin: That's some system you've got there.
Lady Sylvia Marsh: How do you rate the music?
Kevin: I'm not really into it, banging.
Lady Sylvia Marsh: Are you into any sort of banging?
Kevin: I'm not bad on a mouth organ.
Lady Sylvia Marsh: [chuckles] You're sweet.
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »


The D'Ampton Worm
Arranged and Performed by Emilio Perez Machado and Stephen Powys
Violinist Louise Newman
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25 July 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Why is this film consistently downgraded as "dire" etc...? It is one of the funniest I have ever seen. It is sexy, camp, and laughs at its own pretensions. Hugh is a delicious parody of himself Ice. the character he was born to play. Amanda Donahoe is the sexiest snake priestess ever. It contains the psychedelic trademarks of the Russell mindset: exquisitely blasphemous, gaudy, kinky and tripped out. I love introducing people to this film - if I can read their personality right that is. I've got it wrong once or twice and some just find it confusing and weird...others see these characteristics as creative virtues. I give it a 10 - nobody could (or has yet to my knowledge*) done this sort of genre-play better. (*corrections invited - I would love to find something else in this pigeonhole as good.)

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