Lair of the White Worm (Vestron) [Blu-ray] 
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Ken Russell writes and directs this British horror adapted from Bram Stoker's novel. The film follows Angus Flint (Peter Capaldi), a Scottish archaeologist who discovers a strange skull on the site of an old convent. Believing the skull belongs to the d'Ampton Worm, a legendary snakelike creature thought to be slain by the ancestor of local landowner James d'Ampton (Hugh Grant), Angus soon finds himself in danger as a spate of disappearances leads him to think that the evil creature may have returned from the dead to terrorise the locals once more.
Synopsis - Lair of the White Worm:
Hugh Grant, Amanda Donohoe, and Catherine Oxenberg star in this mix of heartstopping horror and campy humour. James D’Ampton (Grant) returns to his country castle in England. Legend has it that James’s distant ancestor once slayed the local dragon — a monstrous white worm with a fondness for the sweet flesh of virgins. The young lord dismisses the legend as folklore, until archaeology student Angus Flint explores James’s property and unearths a massive reptilian skull and a pagan snake god’s ancient site of worship. When James’s virtuous girlfriend, Eve Trent (Oxenberg), suddenly disappears, James and Angus set out to investigate the foreboding cavern said to be the worm’s lair, here a centuries-old mystery begins to uncoil.
Special Features - Lair of the White Worm:
- Feature run time: 94 mins approx
- Audio Commentary with Director Ken Russell
- Audio Commentary with Lisi Russell, in conversation with Film Historian Matthew Melia
- Worm Food - interviews with Special Effects Artists Geoffrey Portass, Neil Gorton and Paul Jones
- "Cutting for Ken" - an interview with Editor Peter Davies
- "Trailers From Hell" featuring Producer Dan Ireland
- "Mary, Mary" – an interview with Actress Sammi Davis
- Theatrical Trailer
- Still Gallery
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with a fine performance from Hugh Grant and Peter Capaldi (in a kilt with bagpipes?!...ha ha ha ha ha!), but it's the perfect Amanda Donohoe that steals the show, with a right star turn, she represents an impressive appearance as Bram Stoker's mythical serpent-like feme vamp, she really is something to see, with a sense of humour to boot, it's very memorable.
I first saw this as a teenager, the image on the cover really stick's in the mind, it's a rare neo-gothic fantasy based horror gem, up there with Micheal Mann's classic, 'The Keep', 'Dream Demon' with Gemma Redgrave, Kathleen Wilhoite, Timothy Spall & Nicolaus Grace, but then also Charlotte Burke in the very dreamy 'Paperhouse' and Clive Barker's dark fantasy that we all know and love, 'Hellraiser', great stuff all round.
Headed up by a fine cast who, at the time, were still relatively unknown, it is Amanda Donohue who steals the show as a slithery, seductive snake woman who drives an e-type jag, chats with Hugh Grant in a cosy sitting room manner and quickly does away with a virginal boy scout in a hot bath. With typical Russell nuances throughout – including nuns and religion, a nightmare dream, vivid hallucinations, phallic symbolism and general campiness – “Lair” has an equally entertaining soundtrack commentary by Russell that includes an insight into pagan history, filmmaking technique and occasional cynicism about aspects of British life while not hiding the fact that this was a strictly low budget production! It’s tremendous fun, pure hokum that loses none of its appeal after several viewings.
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