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The Lair of the White Worm (1988)

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When an archeologist uncovers a strange skull in foreign land, the residents of a nearby town begin to disappear, leading to further unexplainable occurrences.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Trent
Imogen Claire ...
Dorothy Trent
Chris Pitt ...
Nurse Gladwell
Christopher Gable ...
Joe Trent
Lloyd Peters ...
Jesus Christ
Miranda Coe ...
Maid / Nun
Maid / Nun
Caron Anne Kelly ...
Maid / Nun


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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Comedy | Horror


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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)

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1.85 : 1
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Was filmed on the plot used in the TV series The Adventures of Black Beauty (1972). See more »


When Kevin is supposed to be paralyzed and is pushed down into the water you can see he is closing his eyes before his head is submerged. See more »


Lord James D'Ampton: Do you have children?
Lady Sylvia Marsh: Only when there are no men around.
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Referenced in Bordello of Blood (1996) See more »


The D'Ampton Worm
Arranged and Performed by Emilio Perez Machado and Stephen Powys
Violinist Louise Newman
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Fun in the tradition of Rocky Horror
12 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is a kitschy, sexy and funny movie. Ken Russel(the director of Whore and Track 29)is at his best. Taboos are endless. Scottish rock, demon worship, S&M and the defiling of Christian icons. Amanda Donohoe is luscious as the blood-sucking, dildo wielding Priestess of the Worm.

Catherine Oxenberg is a perfect blonde damsel in distress and Hugh Grant is at his sexy, bored playboy of the manor born. The production value is not the greatest but there are moments when the not-so-special effects lend an aire of underground theater to the proceedings. I highly recommend this film.

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