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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.
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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.
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The D'Ampton worm is an obvious reference to the Lambton worm, which is a real English legend, dating back at least to the mediaeval period.
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When PC Erny talks on the police radio, the voice on the other end is director Ken Russell.
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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.
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Was filmed on the plot used in the TV series The Adventures of Black Beauty (1972).
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Contains 2 future Dr. Who Doctors. Peter Capaldi became the Doctor in Season 7 and Hugh Grant also played the Doctor in the BBC short special 'Comic Relief: Doctor Who - The Curse of Fatal Death'
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Ken Russell made the film with the mindset of an Oscar Wilde tribute.
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The hitchhiking Boy Scout scene is originally from Avengers Season 4 Episode 23 'The House That Jack Built'
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Tilda Swinton was originally cast as Lady Sylvia Marsh, but she turned it down, and Amanda Donohoue was cast instead.
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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.
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First cinema film of Gina McKee.
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Peter Capaldi and Hugh Grant both appeared in Paddington 2 (2017).
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One of five feature films Christopher Gable appeared in for director Ken Russell'.
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One of a number of mid-late 1980s period films featuring actor Hugh Grant. The movies include: Maurice (1987), The Dawning (1988), White Mischief (1987), The Bengali Night (1988), Champagne Charlie (1989), Rowing with the Wind (1988), The Lair of the White Worm (1988), and The Lady and the Highwayman (1989).
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Director Cameo 

Ken Russell: calls out "Hello, Mary," he walks by her farm at the beginning.
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Director Trademark 

Ken Russell: [snake]
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Eve being playfully menaced by the chambermaids in the worm costume during the dance party at the beginning of the film foreshadows her fate as Lady Sylvia's virgin sacrifice and being menaced by the real worm at the climax.
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