Staff Pick: THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM

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Taken from Bram Stoker’s last novel, Ken Russell adds his inimitable flair to this campy horror comedy. While staying at the ancestral home of sisters Mary (Sammi Davis) and Eve Trent (Catherine Oxenberg), a Scottish archaeology student uncovers a skull of unknown origin. Angus Flint (future Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi) reveals his findings to the neighboring nobleman Lord James (Hugh Grant). The two connect the ancient legends of a dragon to a strange cult that worships a giant, ravenous subterranean white worm.

By combining Stoker’s original gothic yarn with humor, a stellar cast, and his trademark visual excess, Ken Russell made a horror romp for the ages (or at the very least, for the Eighties).

 

 

Written and Directed by Ken Russell. 1988. 93 mins. Digital HD.

 

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