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The Lair of the White Worm -- In a remote corner of England's Peak District, a mysterious skull is unearthed. But even weirder is that Lady Sylvia steals the skull for use in worshipping -- very erotically -- her pagan god, The White Worm, who hungers for the taste of virginal flesh.

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Director:
Writers:
Ken Russell (screenplay)
Bram Stoker (novel)
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Release Date:
21 October 1988 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
Scottish archaeologist Angus Flint discovers an odd skull amid the ruins of a convent that he is excavating... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 3 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(36 articles)
User Reviews:
A Hidden Classic worthy of Cult Status See more (70 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Amanda Donohoe ... Lady Sylvia Marsh

Hugh Grant ... Lord James D'Ampton

Catherine Oxenberg ... Eve Trent

Peter Capaldi ... Angus Flint

Sammi Davis ... Mary Trent
Stratford Johns ... Peters

Paul Brooke ... P.C. Erny
Imogen Claire ... Dorothy Trent
Chris Pitt ... Kevin

Gina McKee ... Nurse Gladwell
Christopher Gable ... Joe Trent
Lloyd Peters ... Jesus Christ
Miranda Coe ... Maids / Nuns
Linzi Drew ... Maids / Nuns
Caron Anne Kelly ... Maids / Nuns
Fiona O'Connor ... Maids / Nuns
Caroline Pope ... Maids / Nuns
Elisha Scott ... Maids / Nuns
Tina Shaw ... Maids / Nuns
Paul Easom ... Soldier / Witchdoctor

James Hicks ... Soldier / Witchdoctor
David Kiernan ... Soldier / Witchdoctor
Matthew King ... Soldier / Witchdoctor (as Matthew King)
Ross Murray ... Soldier / Witchdoctor

Andy Norman ... Soldier / Witchdoctor
Bob Smith ... Soldier / Witchdoctor
Jackie Russell ... Snakewoman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ken Russell ... Police Radio (voice)
Emilio Perez Machado ... Bluegrass Lead Singer (uncredited)
Louise Newman ... Bluegrass Violinist (uncredited)

Directed by
Ken Russell 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ken Russell  screenplay
Bram Stoker  novel

Produced by
Dan Ireland .... executive producer
William J. Quigley .... executive producer
Ken Russell .... producer
Ronaldo Vasconcellos .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Stanislas Syrewicz 
 
Cinematography by
Dick Bush 
 
Film Editing by
Peter Davies 
 
Casting by
Gail Stevens 
 
Production Design by
Anne Tilby 
 
Art Direction by
John Ralph 
 
Costume Design by
Michael Jeffery 
 
Makeup Department
Stuart Conran .... special makeup effects artist
Karen Edwards .... hair stylist
Alan Hedgcock .... special makeup effects technician
Paul Jones .... special makeup effects artist
Dave Keen .... special makeup effects technician
Alistair McPherson .... special makeup effects technician
Pam Meager .... chief makeup artist
Elizabeth Moss .... makeup artist (as Liz Moss)
Steve Painter .... special makeup effects technician
William Petty .... special makeup effects technician
Geoffrey Portass .... special makeup effects designer (as Geoff Portass)
Roy Puddefoot .... special makeup effects technician
Mary Roberts .... special makeup effects technician
Gary Ryan .... special makeup effects technician
Warwick Sayce .... special makeup effects technician
Karen Winnery .... special makeup effects technician
 
Production Management
Laura Julian .... production manager
Jack Lorenz .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher Hall .... first assistant director (as Chris Hall)
Cordelia Hardy .... third assistant director
Nick Heckstall-Smith .... second assistant director
Rupert Ryle-Hodges .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Tom Bowyer .... carpenter
Dean Coldham .... plaster crew
Alastair Gow .... construction manager
Ken Hawkey .... stand-by painter
Ron Higgins .... stand-by props
James Hunt .... scenic
Katie Kilroy .... production buyer (as Kate Kilroy)
Susan McLenachan .... stagehand
Eddie McMahon .... stand-by props
Brian Mitchell .... stand-by stagehand
Con Murphy .... stand-by rigger
Rodney Pincott .... property master
Ben Pulsford .... stagehand
Steven Sallybanks .... scenic
Robin Thistlewaite .... carpenter
Anne Tilby .... set designer
Chris Townsend .... set dresser
Brian West .... storeman
Tommy Westbrook .... stand-by carpenter
Debra Wilson .... assistant art director trainee
 
Sound Department
Ray Beckett .... sound mixer
Blake Bedford .... sound assistant trainee
John Chandler .... boom operator
Paul Conway .... assistant sound editor
Nigel Galt .... sound editor
Ray Merrin .... assistant dubbing mixer
Jim Roddan .... footsteps editor
Bill Rowe .... dubbing mixer
Richard Wells .... sound maintenance
 
Special Effects by
Graham Aikman .... special effects crew
Dave Eltham .... special effects technician
Simon Hewitt .... special effects technician
Kate Murray .... sculptor
Simon Sayce .... special effects makeup supervisor
Cliff Wallace .... special makeup effects technician
Alan Whibley .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
John Cormican .... modeler (as Little John)
Mark Coulier .... modeler
Neill Gorton .... modeler
Arlind Junkerman .... modeler
Tony Lawrence .... video editor
Cliff Wallace .... modeler
 
Stunts
Abbi Collins .... stunt double: Eve Trent
Chrissy Monk .... stunt double: Lady Sylvia
Stuart St. Paul .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Blake .... gaffer
Richard Brierley .... focus puller
Robin Browne .... additional photographer
Clive Coote .... still photographer
Jim Coward .... generator operator
Ben Davis .... assistant camera
Mark Ellis .... camera grip
John Foster .... assistant camera
Mark Gay .... electrician
Tom Ingle .... assistant camera trainee
David B.A. Jones .... additional clapper loader
Ronnie McKay .... best boy
Graham Newton .... electrician
Tommy O'Sullivan .... electrician
Steve Parker .... focus puller
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jenny Hawkins .... wardrobe assistant
Dianne Murphy .... wardrobe assistant (as Diane Murphy)
 
Editorial Department
Peter Hunt .... color grader
Joe Illing .... first assistant editor
Adrian Martin .... editor: video
Wayne Smith .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Ian R. Fleming .... musician: bagpipes
Emilio Perez Machado .... additional music arranger
Harry Pitch .... harmonica music recordist
Stephan Powys .... additional music arranger
Gilles Tinayre .... musician: synthesizer
Daniel Vallancien .... music scoring
 
Transportation Department
Terry English .... driver
Ray Jones .... driver
Andrew Mitchell .... transportation captain
Ron Narduzzo .... driver
 
Other crew
Peter Bath .... laboratory liaison
Jeremy Bolt .... assistant to line producer
Anthony Bryans .... runner
Imogen Claire .... choreographer
Lesley Cross .... script supervisor
Peter Elford .... location manager
Peter Ettedgui .... assistant to director
Sabina Fletcher .... production assistant
Robert Harman .... wire man (as Bob Harman)
Sarah Lucraft .... assistant accountant
Rosamunde Maxwell .... nurse
Matthew Sharp .... production runner
Will Tyler .... production accountant
Winnie Wishart .... production coordinator
Sarah Nean Bruce .... production consultant: los angeles (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Simon Broad .... thanks
Lynn Dillon .... thanks
John Hargreaves .... thanks
Stephen Monas .... thanks (as Steve Monas)
Nigel Palmer .... thanks
Ron Pearce .... thanks
Maria J. Peckos .... thanks
 

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Runtime:
93 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:R | Belgium:16 (video rating) | France:-12 | Italy:VM14 | South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) (1990) | South Korea:18 (video rating) (1990) | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The cave used for the cave scenes is Thor's Cave (also known as Thor's House Cavern and Thyrsis's Cave), a natural cavern located in the Manifold Valley of the White Peak in the Peak District National Park near Staffordshire, England.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: The snakes used in the film are not native to the United Kingdom nor are they venomous.See more »
Quotes:
Lady Sylvia Marsh:[snatches a harmonica away from Kevin he played that briefly hypnotized her, catching her off-guard] That's enough of that, Kevin! That sort of music freaks me out.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Ken Russell: A Bit of a Devil (2012) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
The D'Ampton WormSee more »

FAQ

What does the ending mean?
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57 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
A Hidden Classic worthy of Cult Status, 29 December 2001
Author: David H. Schleicher from New Jersey, USA

I've now seen Ken Russell's adaptation of Bram Stoker's story about half a dozen times, each at different points in my life. This is one of those few movies that seems to age very well and get better with each viewing. Never a big fan of Russell, his over the top visual style seems right at home in this sometimes campy, sometimes scary, always entertaining horror film. But what makes this film stand far above others in its genre is the fact that it is in actuality a wicked black comedy. Every time I see it i pick up on something new that is in the background of a scene or some piece of dialogue I previously overlooked and I burst out laughing. The film features probably the single best line of any movie ever made, delivered with dead-pan foppishness by a not-yet famous Hugh Grant. "I believe we probably have another reptile on the premises." Watch it and you'll understand why it's so funny. It's all about context. While some may find many flaws in this production, I recommend just going with the flow and trusting Russel and his cast, who all also seem to be in on the joke. Amanda Donohoe as the evil serpentine priestess and Stratford Johns as Hugh Grant's butler are particularly on target with every line delivered. I'm going out on a limb and giving this a 10/10. In actuality it probably deserves and 8/10 at best. But it is one of my personal faves and seems to age like a fine wine.

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what was your */10 rating ? DawnRun
This has nothing to do with Stoker's book, does it? marianp1
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The Skull (possible spoilers) bjoner-1
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Total rip off of the Lampton Worm stella_artois
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