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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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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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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

Angus's fingers are not moving on the chanter of the bagpipes while he is luring P.C. Erny around the sundial. See more »

Quotes

Kevin: I'm not really into headbanging.
Lady Sylvia Marsh: Are you into any kind of banging?
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Referenced in Psych: Shawn Gets the Yips (2009) 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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One of the best Irish/Celtic Horror Films.
3 February 1999 | by (Brooklyn) – See all my reviews

A lavish, and kinky version of Bram Stoker's seldom read story (which I imagine was quite different). The Worm of the title is actually a Wyrm, an old English term for snake or dragon. The followers of this beast are a combination of snakes and vampires. They spit venom and can paralyze or transform their victims with a bite.

The film makes interesting use of Pagan and Christian mythology, which could have been quite controversial if it hadn't come from Ken Russell whose blasphemies seem to be taken in good humor.

Amanda Donohue is icy and sardonic as the head of the snake cult and the film is worth seeing for her alone (A friend told me that she looked like how he always pictured the White Queen from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe).


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