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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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Ken Russell (screenplay)
Bram Stoker (novel)
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Release Date:
21 October 1988 (USA) See more »
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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1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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The Weird and Wild World of Ken Russell: Lair of the White Worm. See more (72 total) »


  (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)
Stephen Painter .... special makeup effects technician (as Steve Painter)
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
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
Location Management
Peter Elford .... location manager
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 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)
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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93 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R18+ | 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

Did You Know?

The mouth of the White Worm (Dionin) seen in the tunnel towards the end of the movie was actually a painted over Volkswagen Beetle hood that bears an uncanny resemblance to the mouth of a snake.See more »
Continuity: When Lady Sylvia is attempting to sacrifice Eve, her head gear disappears and reappears randomly.See more »
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:
The D'Ampton WormSee more »


What does the ending mean?
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18 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
The Weird and Wild World of Ken Russell: Lair of the White Worm., 30 July 2005

The Lair of the White Worm (1988) was a bizarre horror film that was based upon one of the last stories written by Bram Stroker whilst he was suffering from Bright's disease. This helped the strange prose and it was augmented by the strange mind of weird film maker Ken Russell. The movie is also about a strange mythology and occultism that is as old as time itself.

The movie was a surrealistic trip and if you enjoy Ken Russell's other films then you're going to enjoy this one big time. Filled with wild imagery and fascinating set pieces will almost certainly keep you busy. Amanda Donahoe is quite compelling as the Worm's keeper with an infectious bite. Sammi Davis (no not the singer wise guys) Catherine Oxenberg and Hugh Grant co-star in this odd horror film. I'll never look at snakes and ladders the same way ever again.

Highly recommended for Ken Russel fans.

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