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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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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
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Miranda Coe ...
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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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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

The skull of the pagan god Dionin used in the movie was constructed by adding sculpted sections to a real cow skull. The original teeth were pulled and replaced with fabricated ones to simulate the serpent look. Two skulls were fabricated for various scenes in the movie. See more »

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Dissociative identity disorder is erroneously referred to as schizophrenia. See more »

Quotes

Lady Sylvia Marsh: Can I help you?
P.C. Erny: Oh, your ladyship, I've been stung by a snake.
Lady Sylvia Marsh: Snakes bite. Bees sting.
P.C. Erny: Yeah, it wouldn't be a bee this time of year.
Lady Sylvia Marsh: Hardly a snake either. It's probably a nettle.
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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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do not pass up the chance to see this film
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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